Sarah Elizabeth Harnesberger Florence
Wrens, GA – Sarah Elizabeth Harnsberger Florence, 91, loving wife of the late Byron Bailey “B.B.” Florence Jr, entered into rest Thursday evening, January 31, 2013 at Gibson Health & Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:30PM Sunday afternoon, February 3, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment will follow in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.
Sarah was the last survivor of four children born to the late Carolyn Juhan and James Harnesberger in Lincolnton. She retired after 25+ years of service as a case worker for GA DFCS. Sarah was a member of Wrens Baptist where she once served as Church Secretary and was a member of the Agnes Martin/Lucy Howard Sunday School Class. She found pleasure doing needlepoint, knitting and reading and was known for her afghans. Sarah was a strong-willed, independent lady with a heart of gold who will be greatly missed.
Sarah was also preceded in death by her children, Byron Bailey Florence III and Susan F. Milton; and all her siblings, Homer Connell, James Juhan Harnesberger and Wyatt Harnesberger. Survivors include her son in law, James R. Milton; two grandchildren, James Walker Milton (Stacie) of Aurora CO, and David Todd Milton (Jenny) of Dearing; and one great granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Milton. Pallbearers will be Jeb Barrow, Robert Englett, Jim Gay, Mike Hatcher, Jeff Jones, Charles Milburn and Tony Reese. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the John Franklin Wren Chapter DAR and Agnes Martin/Lucy Howard SS Class.
Memorial contributions may be made to John Franklin Wren Chapter DAR, c/o Beth Usry, 107 Old Quaker Rd, Wrens GA 30833.
Sarah's Favorite Prayer: The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.