On Wednesday morning, December 18, 2013, Sarah Martin Herring of Port St. Joe, Florida went home to be with the Lord.
Born in Hermitage, Arkansas on August 25, 1924 to the late Ernest W. and Mabel Belin Martin, Sarah was raised in Warren, Arkansas. Upon graduating high school in 1942, she moved to Port St. Joe, Florida, where she was employed as the secretary to Mr. Sharit at A&M Railroad. Sarah met the dashing W.J. “Fish” Herring in the spring of 1947, and the couple instantly fell in love. They were married three months later, and were inseparable lifelong partners for nearly 62 years.
Sarah was a true southern lady and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family, her church and her community and served them faithfully. She was a wonderful homemaker, and especially loved sewing, reading, baking and entertaining. Visitors were always greeted with homemade chocolate pie, strawberry cake and sweet tea; because as she explained, “everyone needs a little somethin’ sweet.” As a devout Christian woman, Sarah was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she served as the Church secretary for over a dozen years.
Sarah was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband W. J. "Fish" Herring; her sister Carolyn Wolfe and husband Jim of Arkansas; and her brother Ernie Martin of Virginia. Survivors include her son, W. J. "Bill" Herring of Howard Creek, FL; her daughter Sarah Herring Harper and husband Roy V. of White City, FL; grandson Jason Herring and wife Darcy along with their sons Bradley and Tyler; grandson Jeremy Herring and wife Calista along with their son Liam, all of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; sister-in-law Betty Martin of Virginia; brother-in-law L.F. "Red" Herring of Georgia; cousin, Betty Godfrey of Port St. Joe; many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Sarah is also survived by a special group of friends she considered her "chosen family".
A Celebration of Life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, Florida. Rev. Billy Rich, close family friend, delivered the eulogy. Pallbearers were Mr. John Bass, Mr. Teedy Nobles, Mr. John Presnell, Mr. Jimmy Stephens, Mr. Temple Watson and Mr. Robert Whittle. Honorary pallbearers were the Bethany Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church. Internment immediately followed the service at Holly Hill Cemetery in Port St. Joe.
Together with her church, Sarah supported the Florida Baptist Children's Home, PO Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Covenant Hospice who enabled Sarah to spend her final days at peace in her own home. Linda Hamilton and Deidra Dixon, you are beyond doubt earthly angels.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home