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 www.twifordfh.com.
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