Sarah Callahan Turner, 89, beloved widow of Hall Turner, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Greenville, SC, following a period of declining health. Born in Latta, SC, April 25, 1923, she was the elder daughter of the late Samuel Hugh Callahan and Katherine Bethea Callahan.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Camden, SC, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM followed by interment at Quaker Cemetery, Camden. A reception will be held after the burial in the parish hall of Grace Church for those who wish to speak to her family.
Before reaching school age, Sarah moved with her parents to Marion, SC, which she always considered to be her home town. She was valedictorian of her class at Marion High School and continued her education at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. She graduated from Limestone with a B.A. degree (cum laude) in Business and English. She served as president of the student body during her senior year at Limestone and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Prior to her marriage, Sarah worked for IBM Corporation in the Systems Service (user training) Dept. in Endicott, NY, Winston-Salem and Asheville, NC, and Nashville, TN. After her marriage in 1947, she was a homemaker until her children reached school age. She and her husband moved to Camden, SC, in 1950 as a result of his transfer there by DuPont, and all three of their children were born in Camden.
Sarah returned to the workforce first as a kindergarten teacher at Grace Episcopal Church for eight years. Then, after completing graduate work at the University of South Carolina, she taught first grade at Camden Primary School for ten years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ sorority and retired from teaching in 1981.
Although she was reared in the Methodist Church, Sarah joined the Episcopal Church with her husband after their marriage. She was a devoted member of Grace Episcopal Church in Camden for over 60 years, serving in many capacities, including teaching Sunday School, belonging to the altar guild, chairing the Arts and Crafts committee of the annual church bazaar, serving on the executive board of Episcopal Church Women, and being a long-time member of the Pastoral Care Committee.
Sarah was both talented and artistic with her hands. From grade school through college, she played the piano, earning several prizes at piano competitions. She then turned her attention to needlework and enjoyed knitting, embroidery, crewel work, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, and smocking for her grandchildren. Later she learned to paint with watercolors and painted many beautiful seascapes. Finally, she used her talents to make many intricate and lovely pine needle baskets during her retirement years.
Sarah was a social and an eternally optimistic person. She loved her family, friends, and students, and they loved her in return. She was a member or prior member of many bridge clubs (both for ladies and for couples). She was particularly fond of the current and prior members of the Tuesday and Thursday bridge and lunch clubs, the teachers at Camden Primary School, and the ladies of Grace Church. Along with her husband, she was a long-time member of Camden Swim Club, Camden Country Club, Club-55 at Grace Church, and the Circle All dinner and dance club.
In addition to her parents and husband, Sarah was predeceased by her sister, Mina Callahan Krakoviak. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Katherine "Kathy" Turner Brown (David R.) of Greensboro, NC, and Sarah Turner Smith (Donald E.) of Greenville, SC, and by a son Hall Turner, Jr., of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by grandchildren Allison E. Brown of Charlotte, NC, Sarah Anne Harmon Knowlton (Yates) of Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville, FL, and Christopher L. Harmon of Greenville, SC, brother-in-law Anthony I. Krakoviak of Oak Ridge, TN, four nieces and nephews and their spouses, and many other relatives and friends.
Sarah will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, Camden, SC, is in charge of the arrangements.