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Anne Sawyer Waters

Posted By obits On September 29, 2020 @ 4:46 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 28 Comments

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Anne Sawyer Waters, 86, of Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, September 28, 2020 at her residence. She was born November 11, 1933 in Pasquotank County to the late William Franklin Sawyer and Mary Hewitt Sawyer and was the widow of John Calvin Waters. She played the piano and organ for forty-five years at The First Baptist Church and then at Corinth Baptist Church where she was a member and loved her Golden Circle Sunday School Class. She had been a bookkeeper for First Union Bank and Farmer’s Bank of Sunbury as well as The First Baptist Church, Sawyer’s Farm Equipment, Albemarle Plantation, and the Hen House

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Simpson (Paul) of Elizabeth City, NC and Joan Calhoun (Mark) of Seneca, SC; three sisters, Lois Jean Collins of High Point, NC, Gloria Faye Hinson of Hillsborough, NC, and Myra Stepp of Arlington, TX; two brothers, Bobby Sawyer of Williamsburg, VA and Aubrey Sawyer of Winter Haven, FL; five grandchildren, Janna (Richard), Courtney, Austin (fiancée Meg), Lyle, and Ian; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a son, Jeffery Waters; two sisters, Marie Webb and Mary Miller; and two brothers, Bruce Sawyer and Charles Ray Sawyer.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Johnson and the Rev. Chad Thomas officiating. The family will greet friends in the church gym immediately following the service. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, 1035 US 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or to the Vonceil Head Music Scholarship Fund at the same address.

Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Waters family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.

Contact Information:

Twiford Funeral Home (Elizabeth City)

Memorial Chapel
405 East Church Street,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
United States (US)
Phone: (252) 335-4395
Fax: 252-335-4329
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Condolence from Susan Lamb on September 29th, 2020 5:39 pm

Cheryl & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am praying for you!

Condolence from Catherine Eason Gardner on September 29th, 2020 6:35 pm

My heart, thoughts and prayers are wiht each of you.

Condolence from Joanie Skiles on September 29th, 2020 6:36 pm

Cheryl and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a special lady! Sending love, hugs, prayers!

Condolence from Mary Frances Stevensonn on September 29th, 2020 6:40 pm

I loved Ms.Ann. This breaks my heart. I Would see her every Sunday when I visited her class. She was always so happy. She also played for the Keengagers. She was dedicated. I shall miss her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Ruth Lane on September 29th, 2020 7:21 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending hugs and prayers.

Ruth Lane

Condolence from Georgine Armstrong on September 29th, 2020 7:28 pm

Ann will be sorely missed. She was such a willing organist and pianist who shared her talents willingly!
Please know she is now making beautiful Heavenly music.
Be comforted by the multitude of memories she has left for us to cherish!

Condolence from Barbara Fitzhugh on September 29th, 2020 8:25 pm

Dear Cheryl & Joan and Family,

We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mother (Aunt Ann). I know she will be dearly missed but believe she is at peace and playing that high organ, as she knew how to do so gracefully and beautifully.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and cherish all the loving memories you all were able to make during her time here on earth.

Love to you all.
Barbara (Waters) & David Fitzhugh

Condolence from John & Amie Aydlett on September 29th, 2020 8:28 pm

Cheryl & family – Sorry to hear about Mrs. Anne…. She definitely made the world a greater place with the sharing of her musical talent… Always so kind and friendly to the folks around her. Prayers for peace and comfort for you all during this time.

John & Amie Aydlett

Condolence from Rose Hurdle on September 29th, 2020 8:58 pm

To the family of Anne, so sorry to hear the news of her passing, I had the privilege of knowing her at Keenagers at Cornith Church, she was sweet and nice lady, I am glad to have known her, she is happy in heaven with Jesus, God bless her family

Condolence from Leonard Waters on September 29th, 2020 9:27 pm

Cheryl, Joan, and family,
Paula and I are deeply saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. Her warmth an kindness will surely be missed by all that knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Diane Sawyer on September 29th, 2020 10:25 pm

Cheryl.. .Gary and I were so saddened to hear of your moms passing. She was such a kind and caring person! Sending hugs and prayers

Condolence from Lanie Murray on September 30th, 2020 7:40 am

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Praying God’s peace and comfort for all of you.

Condolence from Linda Speight on September 30th, 2020 8:47 am

I am so very sorry to hear about Ms. Anne. I had the pleasure of knowing her thru her physicians office years ago. John and Anne were some of the nicest folks I’ve ever met. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you at this time.

Condolence from Donna Owens Hassell on September 30th, 2020 8:53 am

Please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of your sweet beloved Mother.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

With caring thoughts,
Donna Owens Hassell

Condolence from Deborah Hurdle Cherry on September 30th, 2020 9:15 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Condolence from April Scott on September 30th, 2020 9:22 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in the many memories you both shared. You and you’re family are in our prayers.

Condolence from Debbie Cox Farmer on September 30th, 2020 12:31 pm

Cheryl & family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, she was a very sweet and caring special lady. Lifting up prayers for you and your family. I know you will treasure all those special memories.

Condolence from Janet Barger on September 30th, 2020 1:03 pm

Cheryl and family Friday mornings at the hair salon will not be the same without seeing Ms. Anne. She was a very nice person and will be missed by many. My prayers are with you.

Condolence from Barry Ambrose on September 30th, 2020 1:07 pm

Cheryl and Joan,

I’m sad to hear about your Mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of her whenever our little gang would drop by your house. A kind hearted woman for sure. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Mary Franklin White Church on September 30th, 2020 3:48 pm

Dear Cheryl, Joan, and families, Know you all are in my thoughts and prayers! I so loved hearing your Mom’s beautiful organ music growing up in First Baptist Church! Ms. Anne was such a sweet, caring, and kind lady! Mom and Dad treasured her friendship. May the beautiful memories of your Mom bring you peace. Hugs…….❤️ Mary F. White and Gari Church and Frank and Bryan White

Condolence from Bobbie Sawyer on September 30th, 2020 9:05 pm

Cheryl & Joan so sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Anne. She was a special lady. Prayers for you two & your families.

Condolence from Joyce Barclift on September 30th, 2020 9:35 pm

I was so sorry to hear about Miss Anne’s passing. I have known her for many years and she was a very sweet and kind lady. I always enjoyed seeing her. She always had that sweet smile. She will be missed a great deal. God bless each of you.❤️

Condolence from Catherine Basnight on October 1st, 2020 4:06 pm

Cheryl and Family
My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Condolence from Billie & Bill Ricks on October 1st, 2020 9:51 pm

We offer our sympathy to all who knew Ann. She will be truly missed. All, take comfort that GOD provided each of us with memories of Ann, may they grow sweeter with time.

Condolence from Herman Cox on October 2nd, 2020 10:30 am

Cheryl, Joan and families,

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of you mother. She was a wonderful woman, the last time I saw her she was as cheerful and upbeat as the first time I met her in 1973. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Condolence from Bonnie on October 2nd, 2020 2:12 pm

Dear Cheryl,

All the times I would see you in the hospital and we would pause a few minutes to speak about your sweet mother … I know you loved her dearly and will certainly miss her.

I send prayers and ask God to provide strength to you and your family at this time.

With deepest sympathy,


Condolence from Sherry Hewitt on October 3rd, 2020 11:50 am

Cheryl and Paul and Family:

So very sorry for the passing of your Mom, Cheryl. It’s a lot to deal with – the passing of Paul’s Dad and then your Mom. “The pain of a hard good-bye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love.” My thoughts and prayers go with you now and in the coming days and weeks.

Condolence from Fred Reel on October 20th, 2020 11:31 pm

I am so sad to hear of Miss Anne’s passing. I tuned her piano for seems like 30 years. It was always nice to visit her every year. I will miss her very much. Mt thoughts and prayers are wit her family.

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