OBITUARY

Sally Mae Weaver Garey

June 17, 1931March 3, 2018
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Sally Weaver Garey, 86, died peacefully on March 3 in her home, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness.

Born on June 17, 1931, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of Elizabeth Moore Weaver & James Paul Weaver. She was predeceased in death by her parents and brother, James Paul Weaver, Jr. and her husband, George Alexander Garey, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, George Alexander Garey, III and wife Michelle, of Shelby, N.C., and James Weaver Garey and wife Ann, of Raleigh; one daughter, Sallie Bett Severa Theall and husband David, of Greensboro; and four grandchildren: Weaver Garey and Will Garey of Raleigh, and Kathleen Severa and Georgia Severa, of Greensboro.

Sally graduated from Rocky Mount High School in 1949 and rarely missed a class reunion. She cherished her time with the “Holy 17,” a group of seventeen high school girlfriends who remained close throughout their lives. Their shenanigans led one male classmate to call them the “Unholy 17.” She graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC-Greensboro) with a one-year degree, and returned home to work for China American Tobacco Company. She later moved to Washington, DC and worked for Capital Airlines.

She met her husband, George, a Wilmington native, while he was serving in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. They were married at Fort Belvoir on February 25, 1956 and soon returned to their native state — first to Wilmington, then Durham, finally settling in Greensboro in 1959, where they raised their children. After George’s death, Sally moved to Wilmington in 1996, then returned to Greensboro in 2015.

Sally loved people and she loved to dance the jitterbug, garnering the nickname the “Be-Bop Queen” in her Senior High yearbook. She attended the June German dances at the local tobacco warehouse, where big bands of the era would play while traveling through Rocky Mount by rail between Manhattan and Miami. She loved trains, probably because they were ever-present fixture in her childhood home. Sally never met a stranger and was welcoming to all. She was coordinator for Mobile Meals for many years and was a front desk receptionist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She worked the polls and served on the sailboat racing committee at Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach.

Throughout their years in Greensboro, Sally and George made lifelong friends of neighbors first at Latham Park Apartments, through George’s work at Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, and from neighbors in Kirkwood. When she moved back to Wilmington she enjoyed being with friends, gallivanting in her convertible wearing her pink hat and volunteering at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Known as NaNa by her grandchildren, she showed love and care for them all, was generous and kind, with a good bit of sass sprinkled in.

Sally’s funeral will be Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro followed by a reception in the Haywood Duke Room.

Special thank you to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro and Carrie with 1st Choice Home Care.

Memorials may be made to Mobile Meals (through Senior Resources of Guilford), Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • Meals on Wheels

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Wes Watson

March 14, 2018

Looking through the pictures of Sally's life and thinking about the last few weeks has left me reflecting on what a wonderful legacy she leaves of a life building family and friendships, filled with joy and goodwill. I have looked for cards to send to each of you and have had trouble finding anything that adequately conveys what Sally, your family and each of you have meant to me. She was a special lady, led a blessed life and we are all blessed to have shared in that with her. I am happy to think of her now enjoying the peace of the Lord with your Dad.

Joe Nelson

March 9, 2018

We were saddened to read of Sally's passing. Our sympathy to the family. Sally was our high school classmate and George was my fraternity brother at Chapel Hill.

Joe and Jean (Davenport) Nelson
Class of 1949

Jimmy Johnson

March 8, 2018

Sallie Bett and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Sally was a class act and even though I have not seen her in several years I will always have fond memories of us sitting in the Lewis's kitchen on Lafayette and solving many issues of the day. Of course, the problem solving included scotch.
I know you will miss her and her sense of humor but her memory will continue to live in our hearts. I know you find peace in knowing she is in a better place and with your dad.

Jimmy Johnson
Phoenix, AZ

Jane Rippy

March 8, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Sally on St. Martha’s guild at St. James Parish, Wilmington . We were on the same month ,and whenever I called Sally to help with a reception, she always cheerfully brought cookies. I, also, remember her from the yacht club and sailboat races . She was a lovely , sweet, friendly lady.My heart and prayers are with her family.

Cindy Williams-Hammond

March 7, 2018

I remember Miss Sally’s smile, southern drawl and graciousness . Time spent with the Garey family, in Greensboro, the mountains near Charlotte and in Wilmington beach. Our family have been friends for many years. Through the legacy of her children and grandchildren her heart will live on.

D. R.

March 5, 2018

To the families and loved ones of Sally Garey, who we know will be dearly missed. Almighty God promised at Revelation 21:4 that he will wipe away all our tears. And death, pain, and sorrow will be no more. So, you can take great comfort in drawing close to God in prayer. And he will sustain and help support your families to endure. During these difficult times and in the months to follow. My deepest condolences to all your loved ones.

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Biography

Sally Weaver Garey, 86, died peacefully on March 3 in her home, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness.

Born on June 17, 1931, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of Elizabeth Moore Weaver & James Paul Weaver. She was predeceased in death by her parents and brother, James Paul Weaver, Jr. and her husband, George Alexander Garey, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, George Alexander Garey, III and wife Michelle, of Shelby, N.C., and James Weaver Garey and wife Ann, of Raleigh; one daughter, Sallie Bett Severa Theall and husband David, of Greensboro; and four grandchildren: Weaver Garey and Will Garey of Raleigh, and Kathleen Severa and Georgia Severa, of Greensboro.

Sally graduated from Rocky Mount High School in 1949 and rarely missed a class reunion. She cherished her time with the “Holy 17,” a group of seventeen high school girlfriends who remained close throughout their lives. Their shenanigans led one male classmate to call them the “Unholy 17.” She graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC-Greensboro) with a one-year degree, and returned home to work for China American Tobacco Company. She later moved to Washington, DC and worked for Capital Airlines.

She met her husband, George, a Wilmington native, while he was serving in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. They were married at Fort Belvoir on February 25, 1956 and soon returned to their native state — first to Wilmington, then Durham, finally settling in Greensboro in 1959, where they raised their children. After George’s death, Sally moved to Wilmington in 1996, then returned to Greensboro in 2015.

Sally loved people and she loved to dance the jitterbug, garnering the nickname the “Be-Bop Queen” in her Senior High yearbook. She attended the June German dances at the local tobacco warehouse, where big bands of the era would play while traveling through Rocky Mount by rail between Manhattan and Miami. She loved trains, probably because they were ever-present fixture in her childhood home.
Sally never met a stranger and was welcoming to all. She was coordinator for Mobile Meals for many years and was a front desk receptionist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She worked the polls and served on the sailboat racing committee at Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach.

Throughout their years in Greensboro, Sally and George made lifelong friends of neighbors first at Latham Park Apartments, through George’s work at Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, and from neighbors in Kirkwood. When she moved back to Wilmington she enjoyed being with friends, gallivanting in her convertible wearing her pink hat and volunteering at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Known as NaNa by her grandchildren, she showed love and care for them all, was generous and kind, with a good bit of sass sprinkled in.

Sally’s funeral will be Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro followed by a reception in the Haywood Duke Room.

Special thank you to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro and Carrie with 1st Choice Home Care.

Memorials may be made to Mobile Meals (through Senior Resources of Guilford), Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.