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Sarah Lucy Britt Johnson age 88, born 12/15/1923, died 1/4/2011, Murfreesboro, NC  Hertford Co.

Published/Last Modified on Thursday, January 6, 2011 10:29 AM EST

MURFREESBORO Sarah Lucy Britt Johnson, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie after a lengthy illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maude Garris and James Lemuel Britt; a sister, Evelyn Chitty; her brothers, Southgate Britt and James Britt; and a niece that she raised, Lois Chitty Hardison.

A native of Murfreesboro in Hertford County, she spent most of her life as a caregiver to her family but also worked with the Evans Company in Murfreesboro as their bookkeeper for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother raising two daughters and a niece. Everyone loved coming to her table to enjoy her wonderful Southern cooking.

Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Raleigh Eldridge Johnson, of their home; two daughters, Norma Johnson Johnson and her husband, Charles, and Wendy Johnson Marks, of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren, Sherry Outland Pridgen and her husband, Gray, of Beaufort, Kevin Lee Outland and his wife, Kathy, of Aulander, and Sarah Brittney Rose, of Queens University of Charlotte;  five great-grandchildren, William Thomas Lewter, Kelly Thagard Smith and her husband, Gregory, Michael Preston Thagard, Kristin Brooke Outland and Kaitlin Leigh Outland; three stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m., today, Jan. 6, at Bridgers Funeral Home Inc. in Conway, which is handling the arrangements.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at Murfreesboro Baptist Church, with Dr. Lee Canipe presiding. Burial will follow in the Town of Murfreesboro Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, where Mrs. Johnson had been a lifetime member.

Raleigh Johnson's wife Sarah passed away 10:30 pm Tuesday evening, January 4, 2011.  Her obituary ran in the Virginian-Pilot, Roanoke Rapids Dairy Herald, and Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald newspapers.