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Helen Jethro Sawyer Tarkenton
(July 18, 1921 - May 2, 2012)

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Helen Jethro Sawyer Tarkenton

Helen Jethro Sawyer Tarkenton, 90, of 720 Winslow St., Hertford, NC, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Albemarle Hospital, peacefully surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Tarkenton was born in Chowan County and was the daughter of the late John William, Sr. and Ora Baker Jethro. A homemaker, she had also been employed and retired from the George C. Moore Company in Edenton and was a member of Hertford Baptist Church and the Hannah Holmes Sunday School Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Phillip "Pete" Sawyer and William Tarkenton; a daughter, Jean Bruce; two sisters, Katherine Williams and Hazel Jethro; a brother, John W. Jethro, Jr.; and a grandson, Phillip Jones.

Surviving are her four daughters, Jeannette Byrum and husband James of Tyner, Catherine Marsh and husband Terry of Huntsville, AL, Joyce Long and husband Johnny of Tyner, and Evelyn Teague of Winston-Salem; three sons, Philip Russell Sawyer and wife Barbara of Virginia Beach, VA, Billy Tarkenton of Elizabeth City, and Wayne Tarkenton and wife Sandra of Charlotte; a sister, Elsie Matthews and husband Tom of Dunn; 26 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Miller & Van Essendelft Funeral Chapel, 1125 Harvey Point Road, Hertford, by the Rev. Greg Clark and T. J. Long, Jr. (Great-grandson). Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery, Edenton. Friends may join the family Sunday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home and all other times at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hertford Baptist Church, PO Box 34, Hertford, NC 27944.

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