Sadie Bell Shoaf Barnhardt

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Sadie Bell Shoaf Barnhardt

MOCKSVILLE - Mrs. Sadie Bell Shoaf Barnhardt, 90, of Mocksville, went home to be with her Lord on Feb. 22, 2013.

She was born March 31, 1922, to the late Gerome and Lydia Shoaf. She was a lifetime member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary for many years. It was her heart's desire to see the new building paid for. Mrs. Barnhardt was an active member of the Women's Support Group and the Prayers and Squares ministry, where she used her expert seamstress skills to make numerous prayer quilts. Sadie loved crafts of all kinds and made Santas and Angels from Reader's Digests, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, sock monkeys and baby quilts for her friends and family. She loved her collection of dolls and had a bedroom designated for their display. Sadie also made many unusual costumes for her cherished grandson, Tommy. She and "T" loved to spend time fishing at Curie Beach each fall.

Sadie was a master weaver at Erwin/Burlington Industries Cotton Mill, where she worked and taught weaving until it closed. She later worked at the American Cafe in Mocksville, serving as manager for many years. Sadie made countless friends there, especially the coffee bunch, as she called them, who came in each morning to catch up and tell stories before starting their day.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Turner Barnhardt; an infant daughter, Phyllis Elaine Barnhardt; a sister, Alene Jones; and two brothers, Samuel Shoaf and Harold Shoaf.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Tom Beaver of Mocksville; beloved grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Tommy and Kellie Beaver; a great-grandson, Jake Beaver, who was the apple of her eye, all of Greensboro; a sister, Ruby Motley; and brothers James (Helen) Shoaf, Kermit (Marie) Shoaf and Theodore (Bobbie) Shoaf.

Service: A celebration of her life will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, at Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Visitation: The family will receive family and friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: They request that memorials be considered for Jerusalem Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Melanie Hunter, 3203 US Hwy 601 South, Mocksville, NC 27028.

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Published in Salisbury Post from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013