March 6, 1920 - August 8, 2017
Sara Elizabeth Godbee Rabun, 97, died peacefully on August 8, 2017 at Southminster, a continuing care retirement community, in Charlotte, NC. Sara was born in Bamberg, SC on March 6, 1920 and grew up in Sardis, GA. She was the daughter of Harry Evans Godbee, Sr. and Elizabeth Herrington Godbee. Following high school, Sara attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA. On December 22, 1940 she married Roy Rabun in Sardis and lived for almost two years in Statesboro, GA where Roy served as Assistant Bursar at Georgia Southern College. At the beginning of World War II, Roy enlisted in the Navy and during the war they lived in Charleston and Columbia, SC, where their first son, Roy, Jr., was born. Sara also served in several clerical capacities with the military during the war. Following the war Roy joined Burroughs Corporation which sent them throughout the southeastern US to Knoxville where two children, Joseph (Joe) Evans Rabun and Sara (Sally) Elizabeth Rabun (White) were born. From Knoxville, Sara and her family moved to Decatur, GA, and Mobile, AL, a city she grew to love as her own until their move to Charlotte in 1966 where she spent the remaining fifty years involved in leadership roles in the life of the Myers Park Baptist Church. Among those were the Women of the Church, the Missionary Round Table, the 5th Dimension Sunday School Class, and other positions wherever she felt needed in both church and community. Following Roy's retirement they travelled, visiting friends scattered through the US completing their goal of visiting every state. Her travels also took her to England, Egypt, Italy, and India as well. Until the last few months of her life she also was an avid bridge player in cities in which she lived and in her retirement life at Southminster.
Among friends and family, Sara's fame also extended to her kitchen where she prepared for everyone's delight such beloved Southern dishes as Rum Pound Cake, pimento cheese, spinach and artichoke dip, her own Mobile, AL version of West Indies Crab salad, and meals from salad to desserts that always had both guests and family wanting and hoping for more.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, and first son, Roy Jr. She is survived by her son Joe and his wife, Shelia, and son, Joseph Herrington Rabun, of Atlanta; and her daughter, Sally White, her husband, the Reverend Dr. J. Daniel (Dan) White, of Matthews, and their two sons, James (Jamie) D. White, III of Charlotte, and Evan Rabun White of Matthews.
A celebration of Sara's life will be held in the Great Hall at Southminster at 11AM on Friday, August 11, 2017, conducted by the Reverend Benjamin Boswell, the Reverend Gary Hudson, and Dr. White, followed by a reception where the family will receive friends.
Memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC; or to the Southminster Foundation, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.