Sarah Elizabeth Ussery
Sarah Elizabeth Ussery
  • December 9, 1916 - November 24, 2017
  • Martinsville, Virginia

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Sarah Elizabeth Howell (Beth) Ussery, 100, died peacefully on November 24, 2017 at King's Grant in Martinsville, VA. Born in Suffolk, VA on December 9, 1916, Beth was the daughter of the late Paul and Effie Brinkley Howell. She was the youngest of three children, and the first girl on her father's side of the family for three generations. Beth lived a caring, loving, and full-life on earth, and we celebrate her homecoming with Jesus, her Lord and Savior.

A graduate from Meredith College with degrees in music and organ, Beth was an accomplished musician who used her gifts in various churches as Minister of Music. Beth was married to the late Rev. Benjamin B. Ussery for 36 years, and they spent their lives serving at churches in North Carolina and Virginia, including many years at Boykins Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Ridgeway. Beth also served as the Secretary for Henry County Baptist Association for 16 years before retiring.

Beth is survived by her children Ben Ussery, Jr. (Carol) of Richmond, VA; Tom Ussery (Cindy) of Horseshoe Bay, TX; Betty Jo (Larry) Bateman of Greer, SC; and Emily (C.D.) Prillaman of Ridgeway, VA. In addition to Beth's children, she has 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 28 with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM at Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Martinsville, VA. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery Ridgeway, VA. Memorials may be designated to the Ussery Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, Chowan University, One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or to King's Grant Fellowship Fund, 800 King's Way Road, Martinsville, VA 24112-6639.
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