Sara Carole Owens Thames

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Sara Carole Owens Thames
AIKEN, SC - Sara Carole Owens Thames went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
She was born on March 5, 1931 in Aiken, SC to the late Willis and Ethel Smith Owens.
She received her Undergraduate degree from Newberry College, where she played guard on the Women's basketball team and was also a member of the tennis team.
Later, she went on to receive her Graduate degrees in English and in Education from USC and continued post-graduate studies at Clemson and Winthrop Universities.
She retired as an Educator with the South Carolina School system, ending her career in 1988 in the Rock Hill School District.
She relocated to Aiken in 1995 and continued to educate and mentor children at Trinity United Methodist Church Preschool.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where she was faithfully devoted to visiting and delivering sermons on tape to the shut ins in her community, as long as her health permitted. Carole loved helping people and had been active with Meals on Wheels.
She had a love for all animals, but especially dogs, and willingly fostered and adopted many homeless dogs throughout the years.
She also loved sports of all kinds and was an avid fan of her beloved Gamecocks and Braves. Carole organized and played on many recreational softball teams until she was in her 70's.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Charles Thames; her stepfather, Raime Yonce; Her brother and sister-in-law Murray and Claudette Owens; and her nephew, Gene Owens.
She is survived by four sons Dr. C. Kent (Amy) of Ft. Lawn; Ryan of Charlotte, NC; Cameron (Karin) of Lexington, NC; and Dean (Samantha) of Aiken; her grandchildren Amber, Nick, Andrea (Brent), Laurin (George), Cameron II, Ali, Christina, Tyler, Austin and Caroline. Also surviving are her great grandchildren Cody, Carter, Mason and Maelee and two nephews.
A service to celebrate Carole's life will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, November 26 from St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Ellenton with the Rev. Michael Bruce, Senior Pastor of Ashland United Methodist Church in Columbia, officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
The family would like to say a special thank you to her caregivers that helped us care for her during the past two years. We are especially grateful to Christina Thames for her devotion, love and care for her Granny.
Memorials in Carole's memory may be directed to: CareSouth Hospice of Aiken, 410 University Parkway, Suite 2000, Aiken, SC 29801 or to SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Rd., Aiken, SC 29801.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 24, 2014