Sara Lamar Massingale, 87, former business owner and investor in the community

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Sara Lamar Massingale
Sara Lamar Massingale

It is with sadness and tears that that we, the children of A.L. and Sara Massingale–Tom Massingale, Jeff Massingale, and Jane Massingale Maclennan and our families–announce the passing of our mother, Sara Lamar Massingale, on Friday, May 6, 2016. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend; we will miss her for the rest of our lives.

Mom was born in Georgia on May 26, 1928, to Abner and Thelma Lamar. She graduated from Meson’s Academy in Lexington. Ga., and shortly thereafter went to work in McGregor’s Department store in Athens. There, she met a handsome and brash young man right out of the Navy and in school at the University of Georgia. Leland and Sara were married in 1951.

In 1954, Mom and Dad came to Shallotte, and having found ‘the perfect place’ never left, raising three children and becoming business owners and investors in the community. After 50-plus years of marriage, Dad passed away in 2002, and shortly thereafter, Mom became irrecoverably ill.

Mom is survived by a large family; we, her children, Jane, and husband, Tom, Tom, and wife, Donna, and Jeff, and wife, Kimtwo granddaughters, Kephrin and Kristen, and her husband, Dave; and Cameron, her grandson. Three adored great-grandchildren, Michaela, Will and Maya will remember Mom’s kindness and the fun she brought to days with ‘Nanny.’ The first grandchild, William Kirby Jr., preceded Mom in death in 1974.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, at White Funeral and Cremation Services, 3660 Express Drive (off the Hwy 17 bypass), Shallotte. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation one hour before the service. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens, where Mom will take her place in death as she did in life, beside our father. A catered reception will follow at Camp United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Serving as pallbearers will be Kimball Bellamy, Cray Milligan, Larry Harrelson, Al Parker, Al Milliken and Davis Milliken.

Mom was our caregiver, our defender, our role model, and most of all, our inspiration. She taught us by example to celebrate life’s beneficence and to overcome life’s adversity. Most importantly, she taught us that both the good and the bad are ephemeral. Thank you, Mom, for your endless optimism, your lessons about living and your faith in us, your family; we will always strive to be worthy of your memory.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests, with gratitude, that memorials in Sara’s name be directed to Camp United Methodist Church or to Long Bay Garden Club.

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