Annie Sarah Cartwright Barclift, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, November 4, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Charlie R. and Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) Cartwright and wife of the late Alton W. Barclift, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memories four children, Al Barclift (Joyce), Elaine Henell (Dan), Joy Meads (Stuart) all of Elizabeth City, NC and Lisa Croley of Camden, NC; seven grandchildren, Bryan Barclift (Tanya), Michael Barclift (Jennifer), Tiffany Banks (Jason), Timothy Meads, (Amber), Meredith Meads, Molly Croley and Blake Croley; nine great-grandchildren Colin Barclift, Cayden Barclift, Ethan Barclift, Lucas Barclift, Ian Barclift, Evan Banks, Olivia Banks, Jalen Meads, and soon to arrive, Harper Meads; one sister, Arlie Wingard (Bill) of New Bern, NC; two brothers, Frank Cartwright (Bernice) of Hahira, GA and Charlie Raymond Cartwright (Faye) of Hertford, NC.
She gave her heart to Christ as a young lady, and she consistently lived a life of extraordinary faith through the years. She touched the lives of countless friends and neighbors with her faithful prayers and words of encouragement. She maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. Her nurturing love, faith in God, gift of joy and the sweet smile on her face will never be forgotten.
Possessing a true servant’s heart she faithfully cared for her family and friends through delicious cooking and baking from scratch-including decorated cakes or a special favorite dessert for each birthday. She cherished her family and cooking meals for them was a highlight in her life. She also had a love for embroidery, crocheting, crafting and word search puzzles. She would begin each day the same, reading from her Bible and praying for her loved ones. She was the heart of the Barclift family and shaped their spiritual lives by her tireless Christian example and dedication to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She always taught us to be polite, gracious, respectful, hospitable, kind and compassionate. Above all, she reminded us to put God first in our lives. We thank God for the example that she set before us, and are reassured in knowing that she is presently rejoicing in heaven with the Father above who has told her, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Her death will not make the evening news. The world may not take notice, but the numerous people she impacted will spend time reflecting on how their lives were better for knowing her. Her legacy will live on through her son and three daughters as they live out the love and life skills that she not only taught them, but modeled to them. It will also live on in the seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren that experience the special love of “Gramby.”
A graveside funeral service will take place Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Twiford Memorial Chapel on Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the residence of Joy and Stuart Meads, 541 Ownley Road, Elizabeth City, NC. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Barclift family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences