Sarah McCrary Arthur

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Sarah McCrary Arthur, 82, of Asheville, died Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Mission Hospitals, Memorial Campus. A Buncombe County native, Mrs. Arthur was the daughter of the late George and Madge Wilson McCrary. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. “Chunk” Arthur. Mrs. Arthur was a 1941 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School, and attended Blanton’s Business College. She was a longtime secretary at Sand Hill Elementary School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a former member of Acton United Methodist Church. She is survived and lovingly remembered by one daughter, Janet Raby and her husband, Ed, of Las Vegas, NV; three sons; Charles W. Arthur, II, of Honolulu, HI, George N. Arthur and his wife, Karen, of Roanoke, VA, and John Lewis Arthur and his wife, Sandra, of Weaverville. She is also survived by grandchildren Brittain, Lindsay, Brian, Scott, and Chris Arthur, and Kate Robledo, and by great-grandchildren, Hunter and Bryce Payne. A lifelong resident of the Asheville area, she loved her husband, Chunk, her large family, her many friends, her flowers, her well-fed birds, a view of Mount Pisgah’s “Bride and Groom”, and a really great cake recipe. The family will receive friends at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church. A memorial service, officiated by the Rev. Rodney Hagans, will follow at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Young at Heart group at Trinity United Methodist Church, 587 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, 28806.

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  1. Little Sarah was surely one of our most favorite patients at our office (Dr Myron Gottfried). We always looked forward to her visits with us. She always had a hug and a smile, and we will really miss that! We’ll be remembering you in our prayers. Donna Gaddy

  2. I am deeply saddened by Sarah’s passing. I am out of town until the 24th. Sarah was a wonderful lady who always had a kind word… A rare gift in life.

  3. I will never forget the kindness and beauty of this tall lady from Sand Hill School. Always a kind smile and sweet word to the students and staff. She was truely a gift from God to us Little people who needed a word of encouragement. I will never forget her quiet strength. She was loved by many.

  4. We knew Sarah & Chunk thru the YWCA where Chunk and I swam laps together and shared a lot of jokes. They were wonderful people to know! Sarah was the very definition of a Lady. She was a kind and gracious woman and her passing is a true loss to all of us who remain behind. We’re glad she and Chunk are reunited in our Father’s arms now. We miss them both!
    Sincerely, Peter & Dori

  5. To the Arthur Family,

    I just want you to know how sorry I am for the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady. I met her several times professionally and as the mom of George and Lewis whom I knew as students at Enka. My prayers and thoughts are will you.


    Anne Putnam-Hutzel

  6. So sorry that we can’t be with you. Sarah’s father and my mother were brother and sister(Mary Mc.Perry) Sarah was a special cousin. Our prayers are with you.
    Katherine Perry Lockaby

  7. To George and Lewis,

    I am grieved to learn of your mom’s passing. I remember her as one of my ‘good’ memories of Sand Hill School. My prayers will be with you during your time of sorrow. May God quickly turn your sorrow into joy as you celebrate your mom’s life and the eternal life she now enjoys.
    God’s blessings!

  8. To Sarah’s Family:

    Your mother/grandmother/great-grandmother/mother-in-law was a very special person. I remember her faithfulness to the teachers at Sand Hill Middle School. She was a loyal friend, confidant, and secretary.

    Sarah will remain in my memory as a beautiful person inside and out. I will miss her greatly!

    You, the family, have my deepest sympathy.


    Judy Griffin

  9. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. She was a wonderful and kind person to know for all these years.

  10. I was very sorry to hear of your families loss. Mrs. Arthur was one of the great memories I have of Sand Hill School. She always greeted us with kindness and a smile. Thank you for sharing her with us all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kim Dawson

  11. I remember fondly Sarah and Chunk, growing up in Trinity Church. Chunk always had time to help with Troop 3…of which I was a member. Sarah was a lovely lady who shared her love of nature and her zest for life with all with whom she came in contact. I know that my parents, Jim and Margaret and the other members of the extended Trinity family, espcially the YAH group will miss her smiling face. Rest in peace, thou good and faithful servant.

  12. Lewis and Sandra,I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. Lewis, when I saw you in the hospital, your face told me that it would not be long. Rest assured that your Mother is in a better place, and does not have to suffer any longer!May God Bless and Keep You in His Care during these very sad days! Louise and I will be praying for you and your family!In His Service,Ron and Louise Brown

  13. May God’s tender love surround you during this time of sadness.

    Your Mom and Dad have a special place in our hearts. It was a joy living across the street from them on Heatherly Drive. We would often marvel at their beautiful yard, filled with flowers, as we peered through our lawn that was desperately in need of mowing, because the lawn mower would not start ‘again’. In fact, it was one of those times that your Dad, with his red felt hat perched rakishly on his head, came over to help me determine why such black smoke was boiling from the mower. Having helped to get the mower started, he would be off with a wave of the hand and a mischievous grin.

    Being a single parent with two young children and trying to take care of two aging parents who lived close by, there was always a challenge somewhere in our lives. I feel like your Mom and Dad knew of our struggles and wanted to make things easier when they could.

    When my daughter was seven or eight years old (she is now 32 with a daughter of her own), your Mom made her a lovely pink dress for her to wear to a piano recital. We were both so excited and well aware of the thoughtfulness and effort that went into making this dress. Now, twenty-five years, this dress still hangs in my daughter’s closet to show to her daughter. She also made a baby blanket and cushion for her doll carriage.

    Her thoughtfulness during my diagnosis of breast cancer and chemotherapy helped me get through a difficult time. During particularly low points, the doorbell would ring and your Mom would be there with some hot muffins fresh from the oven with words of encouragement that things would soon be better.

    Our lives were enriched, as I am sure were many others, by your parent’s example of their love for each other and their neighborly love for us.

    Janice Israel & Jonathan & Julie
    2506 Sagamore Lane
    Asheville, NC 28806

  14. Dear Janet and Family: Sorry to learn about your Mother. She is such a special memory from my days of working at Sandhill Middle School. Such a beautiful lady, she truly was. You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Phyllis Mckinney Jamison

  15. My deepest sympathy to the family of Sarah Arthur. I am the graddaughter of Rachel Brittain Whitaker. Mark Brittain was my grandmother’s brother

  16. Dear Arthur Family,

    Unfortunately, I did not know of Sarah’s passing until today. I know you miss her very much as she was indeed on earth, a lovely lady.

    You are in our prayers. And may the Lord’s love and comfort be very real at this time.


    Sue Gaither

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