Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harp Caldwell
Columbia, SC: Sarah Elizabeth Harp Caldwell (youngest of the children) was born in Saluda, South Carolina on September 26, 1933 to the parents of Will and Sarah Stephens Harp. She departed this life Monday Night, January 22, 2018, at her home. Sarah attended the Saluda County public schools, elementary/primary in the Hollywood schoolhouse (Old Pine Pleasant Church), and high school at Rosenwald High School, graduating in 1951.
In the summer of 1951 (August 25), Sarah married Joe Caldwell, her teen boyfriend, and moved to New York. Unto this union, three children were born.
While living in New York, Sarah developed many interests. During the early years of her marriage, Sarah worked in the home attending her small children. Her first job was in a Doll Factory and later she worked with the Head-Start Program in New York. She went back to school studying Early Childhood Education and continued on until the program terminated. Eventually, Sarah worked in her later years as an Adult Care Provided with Seniors. Sarah lived and worked in New York from August 1951 until November 1995, she moved back to South Carolina, Columbia.
At an early age, Sarah joined the Wateree AME Church until she married and moved to New York. In New York, Sarah joined and was baptized at the Saint Luke Baptist Church. She was a faithful member from 1965 through 1995. While at Saint Luke, Sarah was a hard church worker, holding positions such as, Church Secretary, Member of the Senior Usher Board, serving as Vice President, Supervisor of Children Usher Board and a Member of the Missionary. She also served as an Officer/Member of the Baptist United Usher’s Union for the State of New York, traveling around throughout the State to various churches. In 1995, Sarah joined Pine Pleasant CME Church briefly after moving back to South Carolina; however, due to convenience, Sarah later joined and still is a member of the Francis Burns United Methodist Church. There, Sarah served as a member of the Older Adult Ministry, holding the officer of treasury and was a member of the Usher Board.
Sarah is a lifelong member of the Woman's Home Aide Society #40 and participates in other recreational groups and clubs. Her hobbies include working puzzles, playing games, watching baseball games and soap operas.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by siblings; Ceaser, Grady, Willie. Eugene, Wilson, Sr. and Charlie Harp, Eliza Mae Harp and Emma H. Coleman.
She leaves to honor and cherish her memory, three sons, Joseph Caldwell, Jr. of Columbia, SC, Jerry (Judy) Caldwell of Brooklyn, NY and Frankie (Angela) Caldwell of Stockbridge, GA; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brother, Johnny (Bennie) Harp of Columbia, SC; sister, Fannie H. Carson of Columbia, SC; brother-in-law, James Earl Caldwell, Elizabeth, NJ; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, extended family and sorrowing friends.
“The weary hours, the days of pain the sleepless nights are past. The ever patient worn out frame, I find my rest At Last!!”
Celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, 2/3/18 at Francis Burns UM Church, 5616 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC, conducted by Reverend James Friday, presiding, Reverend Dr. Ernest Etheredge, Eulogist, assisting will be Reverends Melvin Colemna, Mildred Walker, and Billy Thompson. Burial will follow in Pine Pleasant CME Church Cemetery, 259 Cherokee Trail, Saluda, SC. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
Viewing will be 12-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
You may call at the funeral home or the home 4615 Cromer Avenue, Columbia, SC.
Butler and Sons Funeral Home, Saluda, SC is assisting the Caldwell Family.