Sarah Frances Walker Becton, of Indialantic Florida, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m, at Avante of Melbourne. She was 93 years old and had been a resident of Indialantic for 55 years. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in this struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
From her birth in McMinnville on Aug. 23, 1924 to her death she nourished people around her with love, faith, and encouragement. She was born on a farm to Elijah Walker and Lemma Lee Barnes Walker and was the middle of three children. By the age of 6 she had a passion for singing and studied opera in Detroit, but had to give this up due to severe allergies. This led her to pursue her true calling, which was to educate children with disabilities. She attended MTSU, where she received her B.S. in early childhood and elementary education in 1955. She first started teaching for the Murfreesboro City Schools in 1953, as a classroom teacher and taught for over 40 years between Tennessee and Florida. She received her master’s from Rollins College in 1977 in elementary education, with an emphasis in reading. She has worked with students with disabilities, as a specific learning disabilities teacher for most of her teaching career, and retired from Surfside Elementary School. She opened her home in order to tutor students who needed more instruction and practice, and she worked during most summers in order to help provide for her family. Sarah was a longtime member of First Baptist of Indialantic and participated in the Brevard Federation of Teachers-Retired.
Sarah was blessed with a large and loving family. She is survived by four children, Daniel Becton (wife Patricia), Franklin Becton, Mitchel Becton, and Pauline Gregory (husband Douglas); grandchildren, Danielle Pepen (husband Daniel), McLean Becton, Kathryn Becton and Peyton Gregory.
Sarah’s husband of over 40 years preceded her in death, along with her brother; Howard B. Walker and sister, Marcella Stubblefield. A memorial celebration of Sarah’s life will be held Saturday, May 26, at 3 p.m. at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial located at 5950 S US Hwy 1 Rockledge, FL 32955. The service will be officiated by pastor Davis. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice of St. Francis would be appreciated.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 25, 2018