Shirley Meads

Shirley Meads

Shirley Sawyer Meads, 70, of 2600 Dan and Mary Street, Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  A native of Pasquotank County, she was the daughter of the late Otis Waddell Sawyer and Virginia Monroe Sawyer Jones and the widow of Harvey Eugene “Gene” Meads.  She was owner of Standard Tile Company, co-developer of Forest Park, Peartree, and Olivet Lakes subdivisions; former owner of Spinning Wheels Roller Skating Rink and Alton E. Meads Swimming Pool; a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; and was a member of the First Christian Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Martha Bundy and husband William and Donna S. Jones all of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Don O. Sawyer of Elizabeth City, NC; granddaughter, Terri Lynn Meads of Elizabeth City, NC; mother-in-law Delia Luton Meads of Elizabeth City, NC; special in-love daughter, Stephanie Nantz and husband Ray of Raleigh, NC and their children, Charlotte Anne Nantz and Savannah Rae Nantz; brother-in-law, Mark Meads and wife Jenny of Elizabeth City, NC; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Harris of Elizabeth City, NC and Hope Baccus and husband Aubrey of Hertford, NC; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sons, Alton E. Meads and Terry K. Meads.

A funeral service will be Monday, April 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, Church Street, with the Rev. Perry Turner officiating.  Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the lobby immediately following the service and at other times at the residence.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Meads family.  You may express condolence to the family by visiting


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  1. Gene and Lynnette Boyce on April 6th, 2012 11:16 am

    Please know that my heart felt thoughts and prayers are with you and that you can feel a peace knowing the time you got to say goodbye was precious and special to be there with her… love to all of you ..

  2. Stella Gallop on April 6th, 2012 11:25 am

    Your great loss is felt by all of us that had the priviledge of knowing Shirley and family. She and Gene are safe now in a better place. My prayers go out to all of you and especially to Donna.


  3. Charles & Brenda Mahaffey on April 6th, 2012 12:53 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you. Charles and Brenda

  4. Millie and Don Sweetenham on April 6th, 2012 2:04 pm

    God saw Shirley getting tired
    And a cure was not to be,
    So He put His arms arond her
    and whispered, “Come with Me”.

    With tearful eyes
    We watched her,
    And saw her pass away.
    Although we looved her dearly,
    We could not make her stay.

    A golden heart stopped beating,
    Hard working hands at rest.
    God broke our hearts
    To prove to us,
    He only takes the best.

    Love, thoughts and prayers,

    Millie and Don Sweetenham

  5. Brenda Dunford on April 6th, 2012 3:53 pm

    Shirley was a light to our city. Tonight it is shining in Heaven, with Gene, Terry and Alton. Praying strength for all of you.

  6. Dona Whitehead Yunker on April 6th, 2012 5:14 pm

    Such a wonderful individual. Now at peace with her husband and children, never to suffer again. God be with you.

  7. Kathy Gray on April 6th, 2012 5:14 pm

    blessings to the family in this sad hour.. she will be greatly missed by all of us..
    Pete and Kthy Gray

  8. David and Danielle McNeely on April 6th, 2012 5:21 pm

    We have so many happy memories of Shirley, Gene, Alton and Terry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  9. Jon&Melba Van Dalsum on April 6th, 2012 6:37 pm

    Shirley will be missed may god be with you all in your time of greef.

  10. Tina and Jeremiah Henning on April 6th, 2012 7:02 pm

    It was a privilege and an honor to have worked for such a GREAT Lady as Shirley Meads .. It is with heavy heart I bid you farewell.

  11. Eddy and Brenda Murphy on April 7th, 2012 7:03 am

    You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you all at this time.

  12. Walter Ray and Jo Meads on April 7th, 2012 12:51 pm

    Thinking of you at this time.

  13. Phillip & Bonnie Jernigan on April 7th, 2012 4:11 pm

    May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you all during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Sam Davis III on April 7th, 2012 6:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are for each of you and may you celebrate a life well lived through many hardships, and always with a smile. A remarkable businesswoman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. I was blessed to know her in all of those capacities, know how many she and Gene touched, and can only imagine how much she will be missed. God bless you Shirley at your Heavenly reunion.

  15. Tony Hornthal on April 8th, 2012 5:16 am

    Please accept condoloences from my wife Harriett and me. Shirley (and Gene) were two of the finest, most decent people I hsve known in my five decades in this community. I have no doubt that she has gone on to eternal life and that she has joined Gene there. The Lord be with you all.

  16. Anthony, Renee, Taylor and Hunter Jernigan on April 8th, 2012 8:53 am

    Our prayer and thoughts are with you

  17. Mike and Susan Mayo on April 8th, 2012 9:55 am

    Heavens gate has opened and on the other side stand Gene, Alton and Terry welcoming you with a smile. Godspeed Shirley on your long awaited reunion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Stephen Jones on April 8th, 2012 12:16 pm

    The men and women of the Raleigh Police Department extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Shirley Meads. My God’s love comfort you in this difficult time.

  19. Marion Harris Hassell on April 9th, 2012 8:55 am

    To the Sawyers and the Meads:
    Growing up, Shirley and I were very close. We had many, many good times. I am very saddened to hear about her passing. Her friendship will always be cherished.
    With much love,
    Marion Harris Hassell

  20. Janis Raby Martin on April 10th, 2012 6:08 am

    We Rejoice in Shirley’s Homecomeing but are saddened for the loss her family now feels, Donna We keep you in our thoughts and prayers while you find a new normal in this world without that human connection with your beloved sister. Find peace and comfort in that she now rejoices in the presents of our Heavenly Father.

  21. Rhonda & Jesse Wood on April 10th, 2012 4:42 pm

    Lynette & Terri, Corky & family,
    Thoughts & prayers and our sympathy are with you now & in the days ahead.

    With sympathy,
    Jesse & Rhonda Wood

  22. Beverly SawyerPerry on April 15th, 2012 1:37 am

    Donna.We were so sorry to learn of your sister’s passing .Jim and I will be praying for your family …Beverly and Jimmy Perry

  23. Joan Mansfield on April 16th, 2012 6:51 am

    The days are forever intertwined in the memories of those you leave behind. So she will not be forgotten. In the growing up years Shirley was always the leader among the neighborhood’s children; thinking of new ideas and keeping everyone moving towards accomplishments,even in play. May each remember also her interest and excitement for living and achieving as you mourn her passing.

  24. steven sawyer on April 25th, 2014 2:01 am

    you all ways tried to steer me the right way but I saw things differently. Im glad your with the lord now and at ease, but just so you know that I miss you more then life itself. I love you aunt ann

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