It is with heartfelt sorrow that the management and staff of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. and members of the Sparks/Taylor/Newton families announce the passing of Mrs. Sallie Sparks Taylor Newton of Darlington. Mrs. Newton passed on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11:53pm at Florence Hospital following an illness.
Celebration of Life for Mrs. Sallie "Lizzie" Sparks Newton will be 11:00AM on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in the Church Yard of New Providence United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Please adhere to mask wearing and social distancing while attending this service.
“For now I am ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” II Timothy 4:6-8
Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth Newton was born June 9, 1924 in Darlington, SC. She was a daughter of Albert and Sally Sparks. After an illness she entered eternal rest on December 31, 2021 at McLeod Hospital in Florence, SC.
“Lizzie”, as she was affectionately called by family and friends,attended Darlington Public Schools and was a lifelong member of New Providence United Methodist Church. She was an active, dedicated member of the Usher Board and Senior Choir. She instilled a Christian foundation in all her children, ensuring that they knew the power of prayer. Throughout her illness she paid her tithes and sang hymns. She prayed and worshiped until God called her home.
“Lizzie” was a very hard worker, and an excellent homemaker. She had an anointed green thumb and loved to cook. Many looked forward to her homemade cakes, jelly, and sweet tea. She has always been a fashionista. She loved her church hats, fur coats and suits.
She was blessed with eleven children. Seven of her children preceded her in death: Monroe Taylor Jr, Elmarilla Ray, Maxine Taylor, Matilda Taylor, Leslie Taylor, Silola Kearns and Herbert Jackson. She leaves behind her sons: Cleveland Taylor, Roger Jackson, James Newton Jr, and Robert Newton. Her sisters: Louise Martin, Emma Jordan, and a special sister Mary Louise Hammonds.
She was a very generous, giving woman. She was the neighborhood grandmother and mother figure to many. Lizzie had a hand in raising many children. She was a living example of the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
“Lizzie’s” children, siblings, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and friends will dearly miss her laugh, advice, funny quick remarks, and nurturing love.
There is not visitation to the residence.
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