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Home going celebration for Mrs. Sadie Lee Higgins Byers, 85, will be 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Ragland. Reverend Thomas Kelley is the pastor. Reverend Stephen C. Hudson is the eulogist. Interment will take place in the Morning Star Cemetery, Ragland. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at the church.  

Sadie Lee Higgins Byers was born in St. Clair County, Alabama on December 7, 1933 to the late Reverend Jesse E. Higgins and the late Geneva Byers Higgins. Sadie departed this earthly life on Thursday, March 21, 2019 surrounded by her daughters and nurses.

She confessed Christ early in life at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend J. H. Chambers. Sadie grew up in the church and dedicated her life to serving others by teaching, playing the piano and organ for various churches and giving music lessons to some of her students and colleagues. In 2002, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama joined the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor O. Wendell Davis. She was an active member until her health began to fail in July of 2018.

Sadie’s education began at Newtown School in Ragland, Alabama. However, Newtown School was not accredited at the time she was there, and she wanted to go to college and become a teacher. When Sadie reached the 9th grade, she attended Snow Hill Institute in Pine Apple, Alabama. Snow Hill was an accredited school for African Americans that planned to attend college. After graduating from Snow Hill Institute in 1951, she then went to Alabama State Teacher’s College (now Alabama State University) to pursue her degree in education. Sadie was a Music major and an English minor. While at Alabama State Teacher’s College she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was the dean of pledges until she graduated. She graduated from Alabama State Teacher’s College in 1955.

After graduating from Alabama State Teacher’s College in May 1955, she then spent the summer of 1955 at the finishing school for teachers in Montgomery, Alabama. The finishing school taught teachers how to teach. Once she finished there, she then began her teaching career.

Her first job was in Demopolis, Alabama at Marengo County Training School. She taught music and was the choir director. She then taught in Birmingham City Schools and from there to St. Clair County Training School where she taught English and was the choir director, and lastly the St. Clair County Board of Education. Sadie retired from the St. Clair County Board of Education where she was a teacher at Ragland School.

Sadie was preceded in death by her parents.

Sadie leaves her legacy and fond memories to cherish to: two daughters, Saundra Glover and Consuelo Fitzpatrick of Madison, Alabama; two grandchildren, Jessica Glover and Jamal Glover (Alexis Lovelady) of Madison, Alabama; six great grandchildren, Jaida Glover, Jordyn Carter, Javion Glover, Jamarlo Glover, Jesiah Glover (The Little Fat One) and Jaden Ford all of Madison, Alabama; and a host of other relatives and friends.  

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  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Terrys Metropolitan Mortuary
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
    Friday, March 29, 2019 Saundra & Connie, I was deeply saddened about the passing of Sadie, my dear Sister-In-Law, Sister-In-Christ, Sorority Sister (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), Hometown Buddy and Friend , former Co-Worker at St. Clair County Training School- Pell City, Alabama. I am sorry that I am unable to attend her Homegoing Services. God will meet ALL your needs. Philippians 4:19 Margretta Tinsley Fort Washington, MD
    ~ Margretta Tinsley   Fort Washington
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    Dearest Sadie: you are gone but for a short while yet I miss you already. Thank you for being my teacher, my friend, mentor, my other mother. I pray the heavens will share your spirit with us 'til we meet on the other shore. I will never forget you. "Everyone when ... fully trained will be like his teacher." Luke 6:40 KJV.
    ~ Helen Byers Cameron   Boston, MA
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
    Dearest Saundra and Connie, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing, sorry I couldn't make it the service to say goodbye. My thoughts and prayers are with you both as you mourn the death of your mother. Deepest Sympathy, Cousin Shirley
    ~ Shirley Turner   San Diego, CA
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    May you get the strength and inner peace you need in the coming days. No one better than God, understands the depth of your pain and can help you cope with your disquieting thoughts. Do believe the words of Psalm 34:18 “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” With all my sympathy.
    ~ Claire   Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Connie & Saundra, I'm saddened about the passing of your mom, but even more, terribly sorry I was unable to attend her services. Please know, I've been thinking long and hard about this experience for the both of you. God will sustain you both for sure, but as it's often said; mourn the death, but celebrate the life lived too - IJN!
    ~ R. Kelly Cameron   Boston
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    We are saddened to know you are grieving the recent loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words found in Psalms 34:18 which reads: “ Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15 Isaiah 55;11). See and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R LOPEZ