Sara Lucile McWhorter Spears Sally left this earth unexpectedly from home of natural causes Monday, December 6 to join her Lord and Savior and loved ones. Sally will be lovingly remembered for her deep faith, devotion to family and friends, as well as her charismatic and nurturing nature. She had a servant’s heart and a radiant spirit.
Born June 13, 1929 in Fairmont, WV to Beatrice and L. E. McWhorter, she entered Duke University in 1946 where she met and fell in love with Marshall Turner Spears, Jr. They married on August, 25, 1949. At Duke she was a university marshal, member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and made a lifelong dear friend in her roommate, Madge Slaughter Vaughan.
Sally committed herself to numerous civic and educational organizations in Durham. Among those were as a founding member of the House and Garden Club, serving on the board of the Junior League of Durham, chairing an adult reading program, representative for Camp Yonahlossee, Chair of the Durham AFS chapter, serving on the Durham Academy Board and as Chair of the Durham County Library Board. She was also a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and a frequent attendee of Duke Chapel. A supporter of Duke University of 61 years, she was an Avid Blue Devil Fan for all sports, but particularly Basketball. Sally lived young!
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, her brother, Robert D. McWhorter and niece, Karen McWhorter Price. Surviving are her daughters, Linda S. Grignolo and husband, Alberto of Wellesley, MA and Susan S. Nunn and husband, Dan of Charlotte. Sally, known affectionately as Mae Mae left her cherished grandchildren, Daniel McPherson Nunn and wife, Meredith of Raleigh; David Marshall Nunn and Michael McWhorter Nunn, both of Charlotte; Maria Haynes Grignolo of Boston and Leslie Grignolo Koster and husband, Rorik of Raleigh; a niece, Susan McWhorter Peterson and a nephew, Robert Bruce McWhorter.
A memorial service thanking God for her earthly years and celebrating her eternal life will be held 2:00 PM Friday at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ginger Thomas and the Rev. Dr. Craven Williams officiating. Sally will be buried at a private family service Friday morning in Maplewood Cemetery. Her grandsons and sons-in-law will be pallbearers. Friends may visit Thursday 4-7 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spears Scholarship Fund, c/o Duke Divinity School, PO Box 90966, Durham 27708 or to the Durham County Library Foundation, c/o Alice Sharp, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham 27701. On-line memorials to hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries.