Sarah Sawyer

In Memorial

Sarah Oxendine Sawyer, 89, left those that loved and respected her peacefully in her home Thursday, October 25, 2012.  She was born in Lumberton, NC, on November 2, 1922, but had made Elizabeth City her home for the past seventy-three years.  Mrs. Sawyer was the daughter of the late Jessie and Phodie Oxedine and was the wife of the late Barney Shelton “Shell” Sawyer.  She attended St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving family includes a sister, Vera Hunt; daughters, Sharon Hetherington and Gale Sawyer; three grandchildren, Van-Dee Hetherington, Chad White and Rachael Clark; and five great-grandchildren

A graveside funeral service will take place Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hollywood Cemetery with the Rev. F. Joe Griffith officiating.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel.    Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Sawyer family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Kay Acurio

    Sending love and prayers to all of you. Cherish all those sweet memories forever in your hearts and minds. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  2. Priscilla Oxendine

    Rest in peace Aunt Sarah. You will be missed. Sending out lots of love and prayers to my cousins…

  3. Linda Speight

    I am so sorry about Ms Sara. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. May God comfort you as only He can.

    Linda Speight
    Doris Ferrell

  4. Nickie Ray Brooks

    Rest in Peace Aunt Sarah.

    Gone yet not forgotten,
    although we are apart,
    your spirit lives on
    forever in our heart.
    Until we meet again, may God
    Hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Those we love Forever.
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    In God’s care you rest above, in our hearts you rest with love,
    Memories of you are ours to keep,
    Our words are few
    but our love is deep.

    May the Good LORD Comfort You All

    As Aunt Sarah’s Last words to me..
    “I Love You A Bushel and a Peck”
    God Bless You!


  5. Gearline Lowery

    Sending Love and Prayers to all of you.

    The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hands of God.”

    I Love You Aunt Sarah.


  6. Freda McKinney Gallop

    Gale, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of need. May God hold and comfort you in His loving embrace. Sincerely, Freda

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