Anne Sawyer Waters

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020

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Anne Sawyer Waters, 86, of Elizabeth City, died September 28, 2020 at her residence. She was born November 11, 1933 in Pasquotank County to the late Franklin William Sawyer and Mary Hewitt Sawyer and was the widow of John Calvin Waters. She played the piano and organ for forty-five years at The First Baptist Church and then at Corinth Baptist Church where she was a member. She had been a bookkeeper for First Union Bank and Farmer’s Bank of Sunbury as well as The First Baptist Church, Sawyer’s Farm Equipment, Albemarle Plantation and the Hen House.

She is survived by daughters Cheryl Simpson (Paul) of Elizabeth City and Joan Calhoun (Mark) of Seneca, SC; sisters Lois Jean Collins of High Point, Gloria Faye Hinson of Hillsborough and Myra Stepp of Arlington, Texas; brothers Bobby Sawyer of Williamsburg, Va. and Aubrey Sawyer of Winter Haven, Fla.; grandchildren Janna (Richard), Courtney, Austin (fiancée Meg), Lyle and Ian; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son Jeffery Waters; sisters Marie Webb and Mary Miller; and brothers Bruce Sawyer and Charles Ray Sawyer.

A funeral service was held October 2 at Corinth Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Johnson and the Rev. Chad Thomas officiating. Burial is at West Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, 1035 US 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or to the Vonceil Head Music Scholarship Fund at the same address. Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City is serving the family. Express condolences at

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