Sarah Louise Powell Townsend Scott: Fair Bluff

1921 – 2019

     Sarah Louise Powell Townsend Scott of Fair Bluff passed away on Saturday, April 13, at the home of her daughter, Sarah Anne Townsend in Columbia, after a lengthy illness. She was 97.

     Mrs. Scott was born in Chadbourn on May 15, 1921 to the late Ruth Wooten Powell and the late Robert Quitman Powell.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Samuel D. Scott of Fair Bluff, NC.

     She graduated from Fair Bluff High School and attended the University of South Carolina where she was active in the musical programs.

     Sarah was an accomplished musician having started playing the piano at age seven and in absence of the pianist, she played for Fair Bluff Baptist Church at age 12 which delighted all that were in attendance.

     She served as pianist and organist at Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church for decades.  During this time, the Music Department upgraded with a Hammond Organ given in memory of K. Clyde Council by Emma Cole Council.  Sarah, along with the Worship Committee, selected and supervised the installation of the organ which is still in service at the present time.  She also played for the Loris Presbyterian Church and The Fair Bluff United Methodist Church and entertained with beautiful solos at many receptions and other events in the community.

     Sarah was a member of the Loris Music and Literary Club.  Also, she was a member of the Major General Robert Howe Chapter of the DAR in Columbus County, NC being recognized in 2017 as an active fifty year member.  Her cousin, Annie Wooten McAuley of Clarkton, NC was the organizing regent of this DAR Chapter.

     Sarah is survived by her two daughters, Sarah Anne Townsend of Columbia, and Betsy Townsend Holroyd of Myrtle Beach; two grandsons, Ryan Holroyd and wife Amy of Columbia, and Scott Holroyd and wife Allison of Los Angeles, California; four great-grandchildren, Carson Holroyd and Christian Holroyd of Columbia, and Nate Holroyd and Nora Holroyd of Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Jean Powell Dozier of Loris, Anne Wooten Parker of Lake Waccamaw, and Patsy Powell Farr of Columbia, and many nieces and nephews.

     The family thanks Heartstrings Hospice of Columbia for their wonderful and caring help during Sarah’s illness and special thanks and praise to Tarzanna Waymyer and Chris Heron for their devotion to Sarah.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Fair Bluff United Methodist Church with Pastor Neil Smith officiating, committal services following at Powell Family Cemetery.

     Memorials may be made to Fair Bluff United Methodist Church 1030 Main Street, Fair Bluff, NC 28439 or The Greater Fair Bluff Historical Society 339 Railroad Street, Fair Bluff, NC 28439.

     A guest register is available here.