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Visitation At The Church

First United Methodist Church
Thursday November 7th, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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First United Methodist Church
Thursday November 7th, 2019

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Graveside Service

Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery
Friday November 8th, 2019

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Sara "Miss Fitz" Fitzpatrick

Marion, Va.

SARA "MISS FITZ" FITZPATRICK, age 80, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019 at Ballad Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn.

It's no secret that Sara Fitzpatrick loved her Lord, her family, church, and community. For more than 25 years she was known as "Miss Fitz" to just about every child in Smyth County, where she taught Bible through the Weekday Religious Education Program. Everyone knew Miss Fitz and how good she was. She was faithful to her church, First United Methodist, where as a family they attended since 1966. Sara meet her husband Larry on a blind date and have been married for nearly 60 years. Her bigger than life laugh and love for people will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Catherine Flythe; and brother, Owen Flythe.

Miss Fitz is survived by her husband, Larry G. Fitzpatrick of Marion, Va.; sons, Timothy Thomas Fitzpatrick and wife, Cindy of Woodbridge, Va., Mark Andrew Fitzpatrick and wife, Lorrie of Chilhowie, Va., and Jonathan Michael Fitzpatrick of Richmond, Va.; sister, Mary Catherine Flythe of Springfield, Va.; grandchildren, Thomas Fitzpatrick and wife, Cara of Denver, Co., and April Fitzpatrick of Richmond, Va.; step-grandchildren, Dianna Mullins and Steven Keith, both of Chilhowie, Va.; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion, Va. 24354 with Reverend Dr. James Bennington and Pastor John Graham officiating. Graveside services will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12 noon at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, 5550 Bagging Plant Road, Dublin, Va. 24084. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6 p.m. until the time of service at First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Weekday Religious Education Program, P.O. Box 83, Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of Sara "Miss Fitz" Fitzpatrick, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Miss Fitz family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Growing up, the Fitzpatrick's were my neighbors. Miss Fitz also used to substitute teach at the High School in Marion when I was a student there and I remember her big laugh and big , warm personality. The thing I remember about her the most was her willingness to help others. One morning in the spring of 1982, Steve Tolliver and I were driving to school and we ran out of gas on RT 11. Miss Fitz passed us on her way to the High School and she turned around, picked us up and drove us home which probably made her late for school. Thanks Miss Fitz, we never forgot your kindness.

Emilie Tolliver Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

Bonnie & Ralph Haga, Tony, Joel Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara Fitz" Fitzpatrick

Bonnie & Ralph Haga, Tony, Joel Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers

Helen Heffinger Nov 8 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Miss Fitz, a Lady and a blessing. Our prayers to the family for your loss.

Frances Bales Nov 7 2019 12:00 AM

All who knew Sara and her work through the Religious teaching program and as a person and a friend will miss her. At a time when Bible was not allowed to be taught in our schools Sara and her program provided the way. Our condolences and prayers go to Larry and family. John & Joanne Styron

John & Joanne Styron Nov 7 2019 12:00 AM

I am a Marion graduate Class of 2002 and when I saw Mrs. Fitzpatrick's photo it instantly took me back to the bible school program through the school. Wow, what an incredible testimony. She had an impact on so many lives. I am personally and eternally grateful. May the Lord overwhelm you with His peace and comfort this side of Eternity until we meet again.

Jessica King Nov 7 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Larry and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sara was a treaasure, and loved by so many. I have such wonderful memories of her, especially the trip we made to Maryville, TN decades ago to attend the Methodist School of Mission. She embodied God's work on this earth, and always served with a smile and great humor. You all are in my prayers today and I hope the love and support of our community will help ease the pain of losing Sara. With much sympathy, Ruth Greer

Ruth Greer Nov 7 2019 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with the Fitzpatrick family. May God give you peace during this sad time.

Samantha & Matt Cutshall Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara Fitz" Fitzpatrick

Samantha & Matt Cutshall Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

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