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Class of 1949

Sarah Brown Withers, age 82, of McDonough, GA died Monday (November 18, 2013) at Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, GA.

She was born in Atlanta, GA to the late Hugh Curtis and Florence Watson Brown. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Reverend Harold B. Withers. Sarah was an active member of First Baptist Church Morrow where she taught Sunday School and served as the first female chair of deacons. She is a 1949 graduate of Brown High School, Atlanta and a 1952 graduate from Mercer University. Sarah earned a Masters Degree from Valdosta State University in 1976 and an Honorary Doctorate from Mercer University in 2002. She was a retired school teacher after 30+ years. Her family rises up and calls her blessed.

Sarah is survived by her children: Joy Withers (Bob) Brown, Stockbridge, GA; Kay Withers (David) Cook, Waycross, GA; James David (Debbie) Withers, McDonough, GA; John Daniel (Susan) Withers, Fernandina Beach, FL; grandchildren: David R. (Marie) Cook, Jr, Michael (Megan) Cook, Sarah Brown (J.W. "Dub" Morris), Cole Withers, Jake Withers, Anna Withers, Allison Withers, Max Withers, Russell Withers; great-grandchildren: Lilly Cook, Ava Grace Cook, Addie Cook and Garrison Joyner.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday (November 20, 20130) at First Baptist Church of Morrow with Rev. Phil Gilbert, Dr. Kirby Godsey, Dr. Walter Shurden and Dr. Scott Walker officiating. Graveside Services will be Thursday (November 21, 2013) at 11:00am at Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, GA. The family will receive friends Wednesday (November 20, 2013) from 9:00am to 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Morrow and at Music Funeral Home in Waycross Thursday from 9:00am to 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Service First at Mercer University or Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com .

Note: If you have any information with respect to dates of death or other information about these people, or know of people not listed here, please, contact me here.

I have incorporated the Brown High portion of the list maintained by Gary Jerald (Brown 1969) for Brown, Southwest and Sylvan into the list here. My thanks to Robert Davenport (Brown 1951) and Betty Harbin Gunnin (Southwest 1955) for forwarding this list to me.