Official Obituary of

Sarah Ella (Braswell) Epps

September 25, 1941 ~ September 8, 2018 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Sarah Epps Obituary


 Sarah Ella Epps, age 76, wife of Charlie Ray Epps, passed away on September 8, 2018. Born in Edgecombe County, she was a daughter of the late Sarah Braswell Lindsey and Robert Lindsey. She was a graduate of G.W. Carver High School and was retired from Edgecombe Manufacturing. Sarah was a very talented seamstress who made clothes at her own home.

Mrs. Epps was a beloved member of the community who loved people and ministered to them in whatever way was needed.  She epitomized the virtues of a Christian woman by following the example of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by serving others and was an encourager to the weak and afflicted. She fed the hungry, clothed the poor, gave drink to the thirsty, sheltered the homeless and comforted the sick.  Her service to the Lord and others improved the quality of many lives and helped set many people on the right path.

Sarah was a pillar of her community. She worked closely with law enforcement and other service organizations to make her community a better place to live. She always encouraged her family, friends and neighbors to make the best of their lives and to always strive to “do better.”  Her efforts with the DARE youth program was recognized by community leaders.

Family was very important to Mrs. Epps. She had a very powerful relationship with her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family and was always a sterling example of Christian virtue to her beloved family.

Mrs. Epps was a long-time member of Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Pinetops where she praised her Lord and Savior as a member and president of the choir. She was deeply committed to church work and loved to talk and sing about the Lord. Her favorite hymn was “When I Rose This Morning.” As her health declined, she became a member of New Wynn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Bethel to be more closely associated with her brother who serves as the pastor of that church, the Rev. James T. Lindsey.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Ray Epps of the home; a daughter, Phyllis Arrington of the home; two sons, Anthony Tremaine Epps of the home, Christopher Jerrod Epps  of Butner, NC and his wife Yvonne of Brooklyn, NY; two grandsons, Christopher J. Epps, Jr. and Jaleel Quashawn Dickens.; five brothers : David Lindsey (Annie) of Brandywine, MD, James Lindsey (Hazel) of Wilson, Jasper Lindsey (Yvonne) of Winston Salem, NC, Raymond Lindsey (Carleene) of Rocky Mount, and Timothy Lindsey (Kathy) of Rocky Mount. Mrs. Epps was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Lindsey.

Homegoing services for Sarah Epps will be held Saturday September 22, 2018 at 1:00pm at Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Pinetops NC conducted by Pastor William Keys. The eulogy will be given by her daughter, Phyllis Arrington. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Farmville. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:00am to 12:30 pm prior to the service.

The family will be at the home of a brother, Raymond Lindsey, 117 South Glendale Avenue, Rocky Mount NC.

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