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Mrs. Celeste Sawyer, 7th grade teacher - P.W. Moore
Mrs. Celeste Sawyer, 7th grade teacher - P.W. Moore

Celeste Spivey Sawyer
Elizabeth City
Celeste Spivey Sawyer, 91, a resident of Springmoor Retirement Community, died August 7, 2012. Mrs. Sawyer was the wife of the late Byron B. Sawyer and the daughter of the late Walter H. Spivey and Gay H. Spivey. Mrs. Sawyer was a 1941 graduate of Woman's College (now UNC-Greensboro). She lived in Elizabeth City, NC for more than sixty years where she was a devoted wife, mother,
schoolteacher, church member and volunteer. She taught in the Camden and Pasquotank County school systems for over thirty-one years. Following the death of her husband in 1979, she enjoyed spending time with her many friends and volunteering regularly at First United Methodist Church and the Museum of the Albemarle. She was avid pianist, bridge player and cook and loved to share in those activities with her families and friends. Mrs. Sawyer moved to Springmoor in 2005 where she made many new friends, participated in many events of the community and became a member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. Retirement offered Mrs. Sawyer more time with her children and grandchildren. Her children, grandchildren and, most recently, great-grandchildren were a constant source of delight as she was for them.
A son, Charles Sawyer, and his wife, Mary, of Raleigh and a daughter, Ann Rushing and her husband, Steve, of Decatur, Georgia, survive Mrs. Sawyer. Additionally, Mrs. Sawyer is survived by four grandchildren, Amanda Sawyer Holliday of Chapel Hill, Byron Rushing of Atlanta, Clark Rushing of Greenbelt, MD and Elizabeth Rushing of Atlanta. Great grandchildren include Hannah Holliday, Jackson Rushing and Carter Rushing.
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012, at Twiford's Memorial Chapel in Elizabeth City with burial following at New Hollywood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Springmoor, especially the RNs, LPNs and CNAs of the Stewart Health Center, for their kind and loving care during the past 3 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City, Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh or Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Sawyer family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting
www.twifordfh.com

Mr. Scott Callaway, Band Director - Northeastern High School
Mr. Scott Callaway, Band Director - Northeastern High School

Scott Chatoney Callaway, age 93, of 1322 Horner Street, Elizabeth City, NC, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Callaway was the son of the late Fountain Gallatin Callaway and Fannye Mary Chatoney Callaway and the husband of Bernice Naylor Callaway of the residence. They were married April 3, 1942. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army serving from August 28, 1942 to November 27, 1945 in North Africa and Italy during WW II. Mr. Callaway was a member of First United Methodist Church for over fifty years, a choir member and Sunday School Teacher. He graduated from Grenada High School, received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He taught at Duck Hill, MS, University of Mississippi, Lexington, KY, and was the Band Director for Elizabeth City High School from 1949 ‘ 1969 and at Northeastern High School from 1970 ‘ 1983 and volunteered with the Community Concert. He was inducted into the National Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame of Band Directors on November 9, 2008 in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a member of the NC Music Educators Association, NC Association of Educators, National Teachers Association, member of and served as President for two years of the Elizabeth City Music Club, member of and served two terms as President of the NC Retired School Personnel since 1983, member of and served two terms as President of the Elizabeth City Lions Club since 1950 and published the club’s bulletin, ‘The Lion’s Den’, Honorary Member of River City Lions Club who presented him the Melvin Jones Fellow Award and Life Membership into Lions Club International Foundation in 1996, member of NC People with William Friday, member Arts of the Albemarle, longtime member of Museum of the Albemarle, former member of the Board of Directors of Albemarle Area Widowed Persons Service. He was presented The Order of The Long Leaf Pines by Gov. James B. Hunt in November 1995, and was presented life member of the NC Foundation. He received Recognition from the City of Elizabeth City by Mayor Jack Weeks in 1982 and Mayor Rick Gardner in 1985.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Clark Naylor Callaway and wife Debbie of Beaufort, NC, Scott Callaway, II, of Vancouver Island, Canada, and William ‘Bill’ Fountain Callaway and wife Melodye of Wanchese, NC; three sisters, Frances Wilson of Brandon, MS, Lillie James of Huntsville, AL, and Sue Ward of Grenada, MS; five grandchildren, Lillie Bernice Callaway and William ‘Buddy’ Thomas Callaway both of Wanchese, NC, Christopher Callaway and wife Caroline of Cincinnati, OH, Amber Keeter and Candi Keeter both of Beaufort, NC; two great grandsons, Ayden Callaway and Logan Callaway of Cincinnati, OH; sister-in-law, Barbara Callaway of McGee, MS; and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a daughter Joy Bernice Callaway, a sister Mary Callaway Bridges, and a brother Charles Allison Callaway.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Frese officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Wednesday and at other times at the residence. Memorial donations may be made to a church or a charity of one’s choice. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.

Coach Paul Winslow, Football and Track Coach - Northeastern High School
Coach Paul Winslow, Football and Track Coach - Northeastern High School

 Paul Lawrence Winslow Jr., 74, of 1319 Weeksville Rd., Elizabeth City, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Winslow Memorial Nursing Home. Funeral services for Mr. Winslow will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at noon at Union Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Frederick Godfrey officiating and delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park. Viewing will take place at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence of the deceased. Mr. Winslow leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Sarah C. Winslow; two sons, Paul L. Winslow III (Scottie) of Melbourne, Fla. and Troy J. Winslow (Sabrina) of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Penny W. Felton of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; one brother, James Lee Winslow (Johnnie) of Alexandria, Va.; and three grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul L. Winslow Sr. and Lessie Winslow; and two brothers, Charles and William Earl Winslow. Walson Funeral Home, 723 Parsonage St., is in charge of arrangements.