- December 10, 1903 - July 8, 2011
- Glassboro, New Jersey
of Sarah's Passing
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A TIME TO BE BORN Sarah Frances Brown was born on December 10, 1903. She was the last surviving child of thirteen children born to The Reverend Thomas Gray Carter and Channie Tatmon Carter in Twiggs County Georgia. She cherished being a member of the Carter Family. She was devoted to caring for her younger siblings. A TIME TO GROW Her formal education consisted of three years in a one room schoolhouse. She accepted the Lord at seven years old and was baptized at the age of twelve by Reverend Ellick King. She married the late Vanel Perry Sr. at the age of seventeen. Two daughters were born from this union, Irene and Hazel. She raised her niece Barbara when her sister Mary died. Irene, Hazel and Barbara predeceased her. Her second husband was Oscar Brown. There were no children born to this union. Sarah lived a long and fruitful. She lived to see more than five generations of her family. A TIME TO BUILD Sarah was blessed with many talents. Her formal education was third grade level, however, she gained a wealth of knowledge through her life experiences. She had what her generation called "Mother Wit". There was no situation that she could not handle. She would tend to sick family members and friends. She made her own soap, cleaning supplies and herbal medicines. She would get her herbs from natural plants and swore by her daily dose of horehound tea. She enjoyed making beautiful quilts and crocheting. She loved to go fishing with friends. Her cooking talents allowed her to make possum a tasty delicacy. She was also known for her fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits and Fruit Pies. During World War II she worked at historic Seabrook Farms. After the war she worked for many years at a clothing manufacture in Glassboro, New Jersey. Sarah along with her brothers, Reverend Thomas H. Carter and Jerry Carter founded Mount Olive Baptist Church in her living room on Mellon Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The church in now located at 37th and Wallace Streets in Philadelphia. After relocating to New Jersey, Sarah joined Mount Olive Baptist Church in Glassboro, NJ under Pastor Raymond Thomas. She enjoyed singing on the choir, serving on the Usher Board and different committees. She later joined Emmanuel Lyons. She was a member of the Senior Choir and served on the Mother's Board. Sarah was a beloved figure in South Jersey. Several groups have recognized her for making numerous contributions to church and community. She would visit several area schools and share her historical and life experiences with the students. She was acknowledge by New Jersey politicians and actress Ruby Dee " For a life will lived". Sarah experienced many historical events in her life. She witnessed and lived through the Jim Crow era, Civil Rights Movement and Astronauts landing on the Moon. As one of New Jersey's oldest centenarians she has lived through 18 Presidents. She was so proud to vote for our first African-American President Barack Obama. A TIME TO SAY FAREWELL Sarah leaves to cherish her memory her granddaughter, Teryl Lewis, three great-grandsons, Joseph Lewis, Daryn Lewis and Brian Sherrer, one great-great-grandson, Jacen Lewis, granddaughters, Rena Jengaji-el and Dona Hudgins, grandsons, Gregory Owens, Lawrence Anderson, Jr., and Michael Anderson, great-grandchildren, Silonia Victoria, Ursula, Malawi, Sierra, Taifa, Erica and James, great-great-grandchildren, Olivia, Ernestashia, Ciara, Neferi, Haki and Haniyyah, son-in-law, Lawrence Anderson, Sr., sister-in-law, Doris Carter and a host or nieces, nephews and cousins. Lovingly Submitted, The Family
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