ELIZABETHTOWN — William Calvin Sasser of Elizabethtown entered into eternal rest Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at his home in Elizabethtown surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Mae Sasser.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty T. Sasser, of the home; his children, William Michael Sasser and wife Anne of Elizabethtown, and Jean Sasser Clark and husband Keith, also of Elizabethtown; grandchildren William Stanley Sasser and wife Julie, Christopher Sasser and wife Natalie, Wesley Sasser and wife Ashley, Brooke Sasser McMichael and husband Mark, Blake Clark, and Holden Clark; great-grandchildren William Britt Sasser, Coley Sasser, Mollie Sasser, Maylin McMichael, Cooper Sasser, Finley Sasser, Carter Sasser, Mark William McMichael, and Mary Grace Sasser; siblings Irvin Sasser and wife Betty, Lois Willetts, and Kenneth Sasser; and many other family members and friends.
Calvin was born in the Pleasant Plains community of Columbus County and grew up on the family farm and attended Pleasant Plains Baptist Church. He graduated in 1950 from Whiteville High, where he was captain of the basketball team and voted Most Athletic. He married the love of his life, Mrs. Betty T. Sasser, on July 19, 1952.
Calvin served two years in the United States Army. In 1958, the family moved moved to Elizabethtown, N.C., where Calvin began working at Kinlaw Furniture Store, and the family joined Elizabethtown Baptist Church. He eventually purchased Kinlaw Furniture Store from the Smith family, and he operated the store, working six days a week until the time of his death.
Many family members and friends have worked at “the furniture store” over the years, and two long-time coworkers of over 40 years held a special place in his heart: Ms. Virginia Allen and Mr. Douglas McKoy, both of Elizabethtown.
Calvin served the community in many roles over the years, including being a member of Kiwanis and of the Chamber of Commerce. He also served the Lord through his work at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, serving on the Board of Deacons and many other capacities through the years. He was also a member of the B.F. Rollins Sunday school class for many years.
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Elizabethtown Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the City Cemetery.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Elizabethtown Baptist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.