Sara Arrington Wasden
Keysville, GA. – Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Arrington Wasden, 89, entered into rest on April 6, 2012, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of twenty-two years, William Everett Wasden, Sr., on January 11, 1969.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at James Funeral Home, after which a celebration of her life officiated by her son, Rev. William “Billy” Everett Wasden, Jr. will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Wrens Church God Cemetery in Matthews.
Sara was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, and the second oldest of twelve children born to Lillie Mae and Monroe Arrington. She was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest sister, Mary Ellen Arrington Templeton McDonald; an infant sister, Katherine Arrington; an unnamed infant brother; and three brothers James, John and Rouse.
Sara was employed at several garment factories in Richmond, Burke and Jefferson counties and retired from Gracewood State School and Hospital in 1990. Sara had been a member of Wrens Church of God since 1969 and was a Sunday School teacher for toddler-aged children until her health started to fail in 1997. Since that time she resided at Jones Personal Care Home in Martinez and later at Keysville Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Keysville, where she continued to share her faith in God and showed the love of Christ to others by her actions.
Sara is survived by three children, June Wasden Moody of Hephzibah, married to Ronald who Sara loved as her own, William “Billy” Everett Wasden, Jr of Gibson, and Judy Wasden Howard of Evans. She leaves behind four grandchildren that she loved very much: Cindy Moody Howard and her husband Robbie of Hephzibah, Howie Wasden of North Carolina, Beth Wasden and her husband Will Koth of Delaware, and Courtney Howard of Evans. She has one great granddaughter, Miss Vanessa Howard. She is also survived by her five remaining siblings: Berry Arrington and wife Melvie, Helen Arrington Odom, Mildred “Midge” Arrington Ashby, Marion “Bud” Arrington and wife Gail, and Dan Arrington. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Her day was always brightened when any of them visited her. Finally, she leaves behind a much loved daughter-in-law, Debbie Benson Wasden.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Keysville Convalescent Center.
The family would like to thank all the staff of Keysville Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center for the loving care provided to their mother. A very special note of gratitude to her nurses and caregivers for the love they gave freely to Ms. Sara and the entire family during her final days. In addition, the family thanks Dr. Fenwick Nichols and Dr. James Sheppard for their efforts to give her the best quality of life possible. The family also appreciates the care and friendship of Sara’s “adopted son” Robert Mitchell while at Keysville.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Keysville Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center fund for resident entertainment (P.O. Box 220, Keysville, Georgia 30816.)
Friends may call on the family at the home of June and Ronald Moody, 3054 Patterson Bridge Road, Hephzibah, Georgia.
Memories In The Heart
Feel no guilt in laughter, she knows how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that she’s not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever, she would not want you to.
She’d hope that you can carry on, the way you always do.
So talk about the good times and
the ways you showed you cared—
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you.
A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day
That brings her back as clearly as though she were still here
And fills you with the feelings that she is always near.
For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart
And she will live forever locked safe within your heart.