Sarah L. Carter

July 16, 1932 ~ November 11, 2021 (age 89)


Sarah L. Carter answered the Master’s call and went to meet her Creator on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Her life began on July 16, 1932, the sixth of nine children born to the late Deacon Julius Hopkins and sister Lucy Bogger Hopkins.

At an early age, she confessed Christ as her personal Savior and joined hands in fellowship with Enon Baptist Church, Sumter, S.C.  Sarah was educated in the Public Schools of Sumter attending Lincoln High School.  She migrated to Williamsburg, VA, in 1952, seeking employment following her uncles and siblings.  Soon after her arrival, the first interview led her to employment with Eastern State Hospital as a nurse’s aide.  Sarah retired in 1987 after thirty-five years of service, proudly boasting that, “It’s the only full-time job I’ve ever had!”  She loved caring for others and continued to work as a private duty nurse for many years. 

Sarah joined hands in fellowship with the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg where she was a dedicated and devoted servant until her passing. She was a member of the Altar Guild, the Choir, the Missionary ministry, the Ushers ministry, and the scholarship fund.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Otha L. Carter and was blessed with one son, the late Walter Kenneth Brown. 

Sarah was a very stylish and well-put-together woman who loved shopping. She was always concerned about and was very involved in family.  She loved to cook, read the newspapers, tell jokes, laughing, and enjoyed watching the Judge Judy show. 

Sarah was preceded in death by four sisters, Wilhelmina Hargis, Margaret Lowery, Roberta Hopkins, and Inez White; and three brothers, Burnie Hopkins, James Hopkins, and Leon Hopkins. 

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her beloved brother, Oscar Hopkins of Springfield Gardens, NY; four sisters-in-law, Hazel Hopkins of Williamsburg, Mildred Rose, Irene Holmes, and Shirley Carter, all of Amherst, VA; brother-in-law, Robert Carter of Amherst, VA; two step-daughters, Eleanor Wynne of Hampton and Norine Ruffin (Herbert) of Forestville, MD; four step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; and a host of other beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Bogger, Conyers and Hopkins families; niece, Terry White Carmon (Jesse) who were her loving and faithful caregivers; as well as other extended family and caring friends. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2021, in the Whitings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Reginald Davis officiating. Livestream will be available at the start of this service. Interment to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Carter may be viewed Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Whiting's Funeral Home. Facial coverings are required at all services.

Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011

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Funeral Service

 Service Program


November 21, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Whiting's Funeral Home
7005 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Funeral Service
November 22, 2021

11:00 AM
Whiting's Funeral Home
7005 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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