Sarah Ceravolo Haggard, 97, passed away on July 4, 2018.
She was born on December 21, 1920, in Birmingham, Alabama to Jake and Josephine Ceravolo.
Mrs. Haggard received a BA in Religious Education and English from Howard College (now Samford University), a MA in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas and a Certification in Teaching from TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas.
She spent her college summers as a Summer Missionary teaching Bible courses, VBS, Sunday School, Training Union, and missions throughout Alabama. She served at Calvary Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama as youth minister and missionary-at-large.
She served by her husband’s side as he pastored churches throughout their 46 years together in Phillip, Mississippi, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Holland, Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi and Perryville, Arkansas. She taught elementary school for more than 25 years in Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas, retiring at the age of 72.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Crossett teaching Sunday School, VBS, AWANAS, and was involved in Women on Missions. She was the author of her life story, Therefore Sarah Laughed. She was an avid note writer and encourager to her family and friends of all ages. Her life theme was, “It is ALL about Jesus!” and her passion was telling anyone she met about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ until her last breath.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lena, Rose, Mary, and Francis; her brothers, Sam, Jake, Joe, and Pete; her husband, James G. Haggard, Sr, and son, James G. Haggard, Jr.
She is survived by one son, John Haggard (Leta) of Sherwood; two daughters, Jenny Lind Allen (John) of Crossett and Sarah Nan Keathley (Ron) of Conway; grandchildren, Rachel Haggard of Harrison, Shane Keathley (Teilena) of Greenbriar, Matthew Allen (Kathryn) of Bentonville, Erron Haggard (Elizabeth) of Monterey, California, Amanda Gaither (Jaret) of Gray, Tennessee, Melissa Clayton (David) of Crossett, and Sam Haggard of North Little Rock; great-grandchildren, Mariah and Colby Keathley, Michael and JoAnn Clayton, Daniel and Logan Allen, and Jake and Emmett Gaither; along with many nieces, nephews and precious friends.
Visitation will be held at Medders Funeral Home in Crossett on Saturday, July 7, from 7-9 p.m. Praise and Worship Service will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway on Monday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Curtis Brewer and honorary pallbearers, her great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 701 Main St. Crossett, AR 71635 or to the Gideon Ministry.