Note from the Beddingfield family:
The Beddingfield family strongly encourages people to post their particular memories of Sarah, in addition to good wishes, so Shannon will have something to remember her mother by, since she is still in the hospital. Please post your memories in the Guest Book. Thank you
Sarah Lee Fogarty Beddingfield, 68, of Lillington, NC died December 25, 2017 from injuries sustained in a Christmas Eve fire at her home.
Born at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama on March 9, 1949, Sarah spent most of her childhood living on the family land in nearby Prattville. She graduated from the University of Alabama and Troy State University and did post-master’s work at Southern Connecticut State University.
A public school teacher like her mother, Sarah also had an adventurous spirit and taught for a few years in Mexico and Ecuador. She retired after 33 years of teaching middle school language, social studies, and remedial reading in Cumberland, Warren, and Jackson counties in North Carolina. She was elected teacher of the year on several occasions. Her best and most rewarding work was helping underperforming students rise to their potential. In retirement she worked at the public libraries in Fayetteville and Lillington.
Sarah was also a pastor’s wife who preferred doing the work of ministry to living in the limelight. She touched the churches where she was a member by singing in the choir, teaching thoughtful and compelling adult Sunday School classes, keeping the nursery, visiting the elderly, and being involved in mission projects from the local veterans’ hospital to disaster relief to building houses in Kenya. She has been remembered publicly as a person of compassion, kindness, and humility.
A genuinely self-giving wife and mother, Sarah is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ed Beddingfield, of Lillington; two daughters, Shannon, of New Haven, CT and Meghan, of Dallas, TX; a nephew, Rusty Fogarty, of Prattville, AL; and numerous cousins, fellow church members, coworkers, and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J. P. and Alice Langford Fogarty; her brother, John N. Fogarty; and a nephew, Rafe Fogarty, all of Prattville.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 at Memorial Baptist Church, 271 Leslie Campbell Ave., Buies Creek, NC 27506, with Dr. Derek Hogan and Dr. Michael Cogdill officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service. Guests are invited to bring notes of their particular memories of Sarah for Shannon, who remains hospitalized and cannot attend the service. Other remembrances may be posted to the obituary at the funeral home website, www.oppfh.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cuba Mission Fund at Memorial Baptist Church, P. O. Box 485, Buies Creek, NC 27506.
Saturday January 13th, 2018
271 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
Saturday January 13th, 2018
271 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
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Sarah was a joyful witness for the Lord! She welcomed you into her life and heart! I am so thankful to have been discipled by her! She made me want to pray- believing He hears and answers! May you experience the peace, hope, comfort , and presence of the Lord moment by moment. Praying for you.
Submitted by Rebecca Womble on Feb 20 2018 11:32:20 AM
Sarah and I met in the early seventies when she and I were both employed by the Dallas County School System, Alabama. She was the Title I reading consultant for the whole county and I was a speech-language pathologist. We became friends. I enjoyed working and socializing with her. When she moved from Selma to marry, we kept in touch over the years through Ginny Bennett, a mutual friend, and Christmas cards. In her Christmas card this past year, she wrote a very encouraging and compassionate note to me about the loss of my husband who passed away in 2016 right before Christmas. Sarah was a very special person and I will miss her.
Submitted by Helen Barnes on Jan 14 2018 06:56:09 PM
"Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts"
Sarah was a wonderful and dear neighbor. Living across the street, we will always remember our conversations and her smile .... she was so caring, friendly and uplifting. Sarah always kept busy from mowing the grass, trimming the bushes, caring for her garden to walking the dogs. During our visits to the library, she always went out of her way to chat with us.
She was so kind and thoughtful. We were so overwhelmed with her yearly invitation to join her family and friends for Christmas buffet in her home. Sarah has thought us how important it is to extend ourselves to others .... a message we will always treasure.
Ed, Shannon and Meghan, we are so saddened by your loss. Sarah will be remembered as a remarkable wife, mother and great friend. Her legacy will live on. And she will forever be in our prayers and thoughts. May the sorrow you feel in your hearts be lighten by the love that surrounds you. And may you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.
We know that God will be with you in these trying times.
May we end with this quote from an anonymous source:
Those we love don't go away,
They work beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Bob and Karen Robichaud
Submitted by robert and Karen Robichaud on Jan 13 2018 12:59:29 PM
My deep condolences for your loss. When we lose someone so precious may we find comfort in knowing she will never be forgotten. Hebrews 6:10
Submitted by G.Town on Jan 13 2018 08:20:54 AM
I am a better person for having known Sarah Beddingfield. I always admired her.
As a friend, she always wanted to know how she could help you She always asked about your concerns, your children or other life issues. You knew her concern was genuine
She was just not the pastor's wife but had a calling to serve God. She was compassionate and loving to all people without prejudice. Her love was nonjudgmental and all encompassing.
Her desire to teach was evident in the school, church and home. Her smile radiated when she spoke about her work. She was loved and admired by many.
Most of all, she loved her husband and daughters.
My heart is so heavy for Ed, Shannon and Meaghan. Wotds cannot express the sorrow we feel for you.
Our prayers continue to lift you up today and in the future.
The Graves Family
Rita Graves Edwards
Submitted by Rita Graves Edwards on Jan 13 2018 08:02:45 AM
Sarah was a mentor and a friend to me (Beth), during the time we worked together. She was a kind and compassionate person who wanted to help others and always connected with people on a personal level. She also very dearly loved her family, as they are the ones she wrote about and talked about. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Rev. Thomas & Elizabeth Gibbs
Submitted by Elizabeth Gibbs on Jan 13 2018 01:04:28 AM
I am Praying God will continue to Comfort & give y’all the Strength Y’all need to get through this difficult loss.
Submitted by Sandra Woburn Pickett on Jan 12 2018 11:24:57 PM
How does one express the deep love and admiration for a family like the Beddingfield’s? We do so inadequately, to say the least. What sweet and precious memories we have of the young family who came to live among us and serve in Sylva FBC. Today we focus on the wife and mother whose sweet smile (That’s what I most remember) and unassuming ways, I have decided, did not sufficiently proclaim her depth and strength of character that held this family together to enable them all to become such caring and dynamic forces wherever they chose to serve. Her family is a reflection of the influence of a Godly woman. Today we honor Sarah for a life well lived.
Submitted by Dee Grantham on Jan 12 2018 06:37:57 PM
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