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Beddingfield Family Relief Fund

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Raised by 213 people in 4 months
Created December 28, 2017
Alexander "Ed" Beddingfield is the Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek, North Carolina.  He and his family (wife Sarah, daughters Shannon and Meghan) joined the Memorial Family in April 2015. 

At our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,  Ed assured us that God is with us even in times of great darkness. Later that evening that darkness visited him, his family, and our congregation as Ed’s sweet wife Sarah died in a fire at their home.

Their daughter Shannon was injured in the fire and was taken to the Burn Unit at UNC Hospital.  Shannon is stable; her biggest concern is smoke inhalation and burns on her face and hands.

The family's Lillington home and all of their belongings were lost in the fire.  Ed and daughter Meghan have relocated temporarily to a property in Buies Creek. 

From 2001-2015 Ed was the pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.  Before that, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Sylva, Warrenton Baptist Church in Warrenton, and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Fayetteville.  

Sarah retired as a public school teacher, and most recently spent her days working part-time at the Harentt County Public Library in Lillington.

Shannon and Meghan are both currently pursuing doctoral degrees.  

Please continue to pray for Shannon, Ed, and Meghan. This tragedy is heartbreaking for us all.

*This fund has been set up on behalf of the Beddingfield Family by Adam English, a member of Memorial Baptist Church and the immediate neighbor to the family.*
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As many of you may know, Shannon was released from UNC Hospital Friday. That was much earlier than anyone expected.
Thank you for your continued prayers and well-wishes.
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Shannon is improving. She is being gradually weaned off the ventilator, and breathing more on her own. Today she sat upright in a recliner. Thank you for your continued prayers.
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Memorial service information:

Sarah Beddingfield
March 9, 1949 - December 24, 2017
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13th, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends following the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oppfh.com.

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Here's the obituary and information about the memorial service:

Sarah Beddingfield
March 9, 1949 - December 24, 2017
Sarah Lee Fogarty Beddingfield, 68, of Lillington, NC died December 25, 2017 from injuries sustained in a Christmas Eve fire at her home.
Born at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama on March 9, 1949, Sarah spent most of her childhood living on the family land in nearby Prattville. She graduated from the University of Alabama and Troy State University and did post-master’s work at Southern Connecticut State University.
A public school teacher like her mother, Sarah also had an adventurous spirit and taught for a few years in Mexico and Ecuador. She retired after 33 years of teaching middle school language, social studies, and remedial reading in Cumberland, Warren, and Jackson counties in North Carolina. She was elected teacher of the year on several occasions. Her best and most rewarding work was helping underperforming students rise to their potential. In retirement she worked at the public libraries in Fayetteville and Lillington.
Sarah was also a pastor’s wife who preferred doing the work of ministry to living in the limelight. She touched the churches where she was a member by singing in the choir, teaching thoughtful and compelling adult Sunday School classes, keeping the nursery, visiting the elderly, and being involved in mission projects from the local veterans’ hospital to disaster relief to building houses in Kenya. She has been remembered publicly as a person of compassion, kindness, and humility.
A genuinely self-giving wife and mother, Sarah is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ed Beddingfield, of Lillington; two daughters, Shannon, of New Haven, CT and Meghan, of Dallas, TX; a nephew, Rusty Fogarty, of Prattville, AL; and numerous cousins, fellow church members, coworkers, and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J. P. and Alice Langford Fogarty; her brother, John N. Fogarty; and a nephew, Rafe Fogarty, all of Prattville.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 at Memorial Baptist Church, 271 Leslie Campbell Ave., Buies Creek, NC 27506, with Dr. Derek Hogan and Dr. Michael Cogdill officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service.
Guests are invited to bring notes of their particular memories of Sarah for Shannon, who remains hospitalized and cannot attend the service. Other remembrances may be posted to the obituary at the funeral home website, www.oppfh.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cuba Mission Fund at Memorial Baptist Church, P. O. Box 485, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

Note from the Beddingfield family:
The Beddingfield family strongly encourages people to post their particular memories of Sarah, in addition to good wishes, so Shannon will have something to remember her mother by, since she is still in the hospital. Please post your memories in the Guest Book. Thank you

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oppfh.com.

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