Sara Bruce McCraw, assistant professor

November 26, 2012
Sara Bruce McCraw

Sara Bruce McCraw, 43, of Greenville, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, while surrounded by family and friends.

She was the daughter of Pete and Ginny McCraw of Lynchburg, Va.  She had 18 happy, loving years with James Gardner of Lancaster, S.C. She dedicated her life to the care and teaching of children and young adults. After completing her doctorate of education from the University of Delaware during her illness, she went on to become an assistant professor at East Carolina University. Her legacy will go forward with the many students, teachers, and educators she influenced through the years.

Other survivors include her sister, Lee McCraw-Leavitt, brother-in-law Kevin Leavitt, her nephew Miles Leavitt, and niece Wen Li Leavitt, all of Germany.  Extended family includes her uncle Addison Oliver of South Boston, Va., and her aunt Nan Oliver, also of South Boston.

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at First Presbyterian Church, V.E.S. Road in Lynchburg. Sara’s body has been donated for research and medical education.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “When Sara Smiles,” a foundation that being founded to help maintain Sara’s legacy. Contributions may be mailed to: State Employees Credit Union, “When Sara Smiles”, PO Box 20429, Greenville, NC 27858. (checks will need to be made out to James M. Gardner and place “When Sara Smiles” in the memo area.) See for more information about how to donate.

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