MIDDLEPORT — Sarah Lucille Johnson (Boyles), “Sug/Sugar,” 65, of Middleport, passed away at home on June 11, 2019, with her family by her side.
She was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Mason, West Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence Edward and Sara Lee Boyles (Laudermilt). Sarah is preceded in death by both her parents and a brother, Clarence Eugene Boyles.
She graduated from Meigs High School in 1973. After graduating, Sarah married James Robert “Bob” Johnson Sr. and continued to live with him in Middleport for 25 years. Even though they separated, they remained friends and supportive parents/grandparents.
Sarah was a devoted mother of three and is survived by her three children: a son, Bobby Johnson of Williamstown, West Virginia; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry (Johnson) and Shawn Mace of Nelsonville; and a son, Willie Johnson of Middleport. Sarah is also survived by five grandchildren whom she cherished: McKenzee and Rebecca Mace, Mandie and Braylyn Johnson and Jayden Johnson and her partner of 22 years, Maria McKinney. She is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, family, previous foster children and previous co-workers that she called family.
Sarah had been employed with the Gingerbread Preschool, Imperial Electric, was a supervisor at Athens County Children Services: Genesis Community Residential Center and a wonderful foster parent to many youth through the Milestones Therapeutic Foster Care Network. Her passion with kids was not only shown through her own children/grandchildren but also through her love of being a baseball/softball coach for 15-plus years for the Middleport youth league, women’s softball leagues and being a Leader for the Black Diamond Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts. She was also an assistant Girl Scout leader for her granddaughters.
Sarah was a mother to many, not only to her own, with her door always open to any in need. Sarah loved fishing, coaching ball, being a leader, camping, going to the beach and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed attending services at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Sarah enjoyed skating with her family at the Chester Skate-a-way as a child/teen and continued this tradition with her own three children.
Viewing hours for family and friends will be Sunday, from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home, Pomeroy. A funeral service will be on Monday, June 17 at 11 a.m., with burial services at Meigs Memory Gardens, Pomeroy. Pastor Randy Smith will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help with the expenses.
A registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.