Sara Nancy Trull

7 July, 193524 September, 2020

Sara Carpenter Trull passed away in the care of her loved ones at home on Thursday, September 24, 2020. A native of Concord, North Carolina, she was born July 7, 1935 to Paul and Gladys Carpenter, and she grew up and attended public schools in her hometown. While in high school, Sara met and later married Billy Gene Trull, her late husband of more than fifty years. The couple had two daughters, Virginia Ann and Alicia Lynne.

After Bill became an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church, Sara went to Lenoir-Rhyne University for her Bachelors degree in Education and Appalachian State University for her Masters degree in Reading. For more than four decades, she taught reading and social studies in a variety of middle schools in North Carolina. Even after she retired, Sara continued substituting in the Newton-Conover school system well past her eightieth birthday.

Sara lived a life of enthusiastic care and contribution. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she loved celebrating birthdays and many holidays with her family, especially her two grandchildren, Spencer and Sara Elizabeth. Sara’s joy for life extended beyond her family; she never met a stranger and loved to use her many skills to spread cheer with her delicious pear preserves, famous coconut cake, and incomparable fudge. She was an avid reader and a patient teacher, and in recent years, she spent many days with her sweet dog, Diesel, sitting on her porch and enjoying life.

She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Rayfield, her grandson, Spencer Rayfield, and her granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Wilcox; her sister, Jo Anna Cupp; her brother, Paul (Jeff) Carpenter; her cousins Margaret (Steve) James, David (Nancy) Ray, and Robin Ray; and numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and other beloved relations. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill Trull, and her daughter, Virginia Trull Wilcox.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a private, family-only service.

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The Rhyne Family is under the care of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.

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Mary Bess Lawing

October 11, 2020

Sara, was a wonderful neighbor and friend! She was kind to everyone she met and I spent many evenings at her house either outside talking to people who would walk by and stop to visit. She was a true southern lady wanting to always make everyone welcome and invited you to visit on the front porch or in the house! She was always serving you coffee or tea with something she had baked such as her great and delicious cookies! She always had a treat for my Bailey Bob! I am certainly missing her every day because Bailey Bob and visited with her almost every afternoon and evening!

Pam Cline

September 25, 2020

Sara was one of the sweetest, most sincere people I've ever had the chance to meet. She always has a smile and kind words to share. Beth Eden will miss her.


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