Sadie C. Wallin
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Hot Springs - Sadie Clara Wallin, 89, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, November 08, 2012 and went to be reunited in heaven with her eldest son (Richard T. Evans) who preceded his loving mother in death in 2003. He awaits her arrival into the arms of the Heavenly Father.
She was born February 26, 1923 in the Sodom Laurel Community of Madison County to the late Semmy and Tilda Ray Chandler. She and her many friends loved to walk the dusty road out of the Ben Cove to worship at the Church of the Little Flower where she forged a faith in God that never wavered, steadily grew and sustained her throughout her long life.
Sadie was truly a member of the greatest generation. Growing up in a time of depression and war; a time when men went to fight for their country while the women went to work. She became an expert welder in the shipyards of Savannah, Georgia, building the great warships so desperately needed after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. She later moved to Oak Ridge, TN. She worked at the plants located there, helping to build the Atomic Bombs that brought World War II to a close in 1945. It is estimated that a million young American soldiers were saved from certain death should it had been necessary to invade the Japanese home island.
Upon returning to NC, she took a job at Burlington Mills and worked as a spinner on the night shift in one of the numerous cotton mills thriving at that time. For more than 20 years Sadie ran the spinning frames helping to support and raise her family. During the day, she went into the tobacco fields, tirelessly working beside her tenant-farmer husband to bring in a crop of Burly. After retirement she was never idle, becoming an avid runner she averaged 5 miles a day until she was well into her seventies. She ran in, and finished, a 5K race at age 68.
She was a lifelong resident of Madison County, living most of her life in Hot Springs near her cherished family and friends. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Haynes Wallin, who died in 1988.
Surviving are her beloved sisters, Mabel Wallin of Marshall and Ruth Chandler of Asheville, her daughter, Lorena Roberts (Johnny) of Leicester; sons, Douglas C. Evans, Haynes Wallin, Jr. and Allen C. Wallin, of Hot Springs, Mitchell E. Wallin (Mary Jane) of Marion; grandchildren, Betty Garth, Weaverville, Alan Evans, Hot Springs, Douglas Evans, Fugate, TN, Alice Walker, Clinton, SC, David Wallin , Hot Springs, Nancy Wild, Marshall, Pricilla Lunsford, Swannanoa, Debbie Freeman, Mars Hill, Anthony Roberts, Leicester, Jonathan Wallin, Wilmington, Jennifer Keeney, Raleigh; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with her grandson, Pastor Anthony Roberts officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1 - 3 Saturday prior to the service.
Flowers are welcome or contributions can be made to the American Red Cross to help with the efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Sadie was a much loved and devoted mother and friend. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing her. www.MadisonFH.com
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 10, 2012