Sara Sue Reese

Sara Sue Reese

August 21, 1949~September 29, 2022
Sara Sue Reese of Crestview born August 21, 1949
She was adopted by Lonnie and Elenor Reese also of Crestview FL. and was their only child.
Sara has many family members from her birth mother that she has found over the years. The town of Crestview loves Sara and according to Sara she was related to most people here. In reality there’s been a Maternal Cousin Mark and wife Joy who have been wonderful to Sara over the years.
Wayne and Charlie are her living birth siblings. Doris Alford her sister who proceeded her in death. Alonzo Alford her nephew would stop by and check on her, and she loved him, and was thankful for that.
Sara was a member of First Pentecostal Church for many years, she began selling peanut brittle under the ministry of the late Marvin Holt, and was the only one to continue selling it till just a few years ago. She was known locally as the peanut brittle lady. She would take orders and then insist someone at the church make it. So usually we did since she had already promised to deliver it, and most times already had the money for it.
Sara also was very talented, she sang and played the accordion. The last few weeks of life was still singing from a hospital bed and then a nursing home. Now she’s joined a huge angel choir and in perfect health, a brand new body. I believe she’s hitting them high notes like she’s always dreamed of. My favorite song that she sang was Miracle in the Making.
She has had many special friends over the years who would step up and help her.
Darlene, Wanda, Betty, Lana, Kaye, just to name a few that comes to mind. This community has been very good to Sara.
For that, we as her family and church family are very thankful. Sara loved angels, at one time was seriously trying to figure out how to have wings in her casket. I’ve often figured that Sara was one of those angels that we were entertaining unaware. Whether that’s the case or not, Sara fell into the category of the least of these according to scripture. She was alone for the most part and managed to find a group of people of all walks of life who would give her money, check on her, bring her places, and tend to her well, and as her Pastor, if you did anything for Sara I want to assure you that Jesus didn’t miss any of it, as you did kindnesses for her, it was done unto Jesus personally. Thank you Crestview for loving and caring for Sara. For a long time I’ve called her the “People’s Champion” she spent a life time proving people wrong, she proved she could take care of herself, live by herself and do for herself, which she did for many years. She walked these roads keeping her little body as strong possible, until the pandemic happened and she was afraid to come out much after that. People were still checking on her and last year for her birthday she received many cards and letters from the community to encourage her, and to show her she wasn’t forgotten. Thank you Dee for heading that up.
Sara Sue Reese, our little Champ, may you rest in the loving arms of Jesus as long as you want to, we all know that at some point you’re gonna want to get down and go explore this place you’ve only dreamed about. We love you and we will see you soon.


Brackney Funeral Service


Brackney Funeral Service


Pennington Genell

October 1, 2022, 6:02 am

Ms. Sara we loved you and miss you. But knowing you are with Jesus and are pain free is comforting.
Genell Pennington

Dee Owens

October 1, 2022, 7:02 am

What a blessing Ms. Sara was to me. My memory….Sara playing her accordion and singing on the church platform. My husband, Brett, was just taken back by her and would sit and talk and talk. Many times he tried giving her rides, but, she wanted to walk or ride her bike. A true legacy she leaves behind her. If only I could love Jesus just a portion of what she did. Ms. Sara, playing her accordion and singing with Jesus!
Love, Drenda Owens

Claudia Adams

October 1, 2022, 2:56 pm

I never personally met Miss Sara but seeing her on the streets or store, public place faithfully moving that precious body was an inspiration to me…Let me know if she can how much more could I with the well body…. Thank God she is a beautiful perfect person loving her Lord….Yes, our Lord. We will all together worship Him in heaven one day and not too far away..

Alison Broxson

October 1, 2022, 4:53 pm

We will miss you Miss Sara. You were definitely an angel here on Earth. Fly high little lady. You’ve got the wings that your heart always desired. Sending love and hugs to all of her family and friends. – The Broxson Family


October 1, 2022, 8:38 pm


Crystal Rodriguez

October 2, 2022, 12:05 am

I remember you from way back when I lived in Crestview as a child, you were always so sweet! May you rest in peace! 🙏🏼

Darlene Soules

October 2, 2022, 5:57 am

I remember the first time that I met Sara , she came into the Dollar General up by what was then Kelly’s IGA , she came over to where I was working and started talking to me .. her friend and I share the same first name and if memory serves me correctly she had written Sara’s Eulogy.. entitled ” Who Was Sara Reese ?” I was in tears as I read it, she said to me ” I didn’t mean to make you cry ” that was around 20 years ago.. Fly high with the angels Miss Sara , you will be greatly missed !!

Donna Kay Simpler

October 2, 2022, 4:56 pm

I will always remember Sara. I saw her so many times during my life. She road her bike allover Crestview. Against all odds she lived a long life and never seemed to let any handicap stop her from doing anything. Crestview and myself know you are riding all in Heaven in perfect health.

Terri Owens

October 3, 2022, 5:00 pm

Sweet Sara… I use to see her walking pushing her walker or riding her bike. One day it was raining and I stopped to pick her up and gave her a ride. She was such a sweet soul and will dearly be missed by the community. Keep on singing with the heavenly choir Sara. Save a spot for all of us.

Debbie McDougald

October 3, 2022, 5:12 pm

As long as we’ve lived in Crestview, over 30 years now, we have known Sara. We bought peanut brittle from her and saw her on her bike many times around town. She was always on the go. She always had a smile on her face which just radiated the love of Jesus. She was such a blessing.

Karen Minor

October 3, 2022, 6:13 pm

I first saw Miss Sara walking up Stilwell on her way into town when I first move to Crestview 6 years ago. From then on whenever I past Stilwell I would look for her. One time when I was at the DMV Miss Sara was there waiting for her name to be called so she could pay for something. We struck up a conversation and quickly became friends. I have missed seeing Miss Sara walking around town, but I can’t wait to join her in Heaven and see her walking on the streets of gold!!

Judy Hurston

October 3, 2022, 6:56 pm

I’m so glad you got your heavenly wings! We will miss but you will have no more pain.

Debbie Underfinger

October 3, 2022, 11:19 pm

Still remember meeting her for the first time in 1977. She liked to visit my Granny Geoghagan. She hadn’t let anything get in her way. She was more active than anyone I had ever met.

Tabatha Reynolds

October 4, 2022, 2:31 am

I love you Miss Sara!! Crestview lost an angel! You were truly an inspiration and such a vision of what kindness and determination look like. Your innocent pure heart touched every one you met. I am so proud that I had the blessing of knowing you. Fly high sweet angel until we see you again!!❤️

Diane Edwards

October 4, 2022, 6:22 am

Sara, I’ve never known anyone like you and probably never will again. You were a rare Earth Angel. I will miss seeing you around Crestview….our town has lost someone precious and your light that you spread. Rest well in Peace, lovely lady.

Robin Davlin

October 4, 2022, 3:11 pm

So sorry for your loss Crestview Family. I seen her often as well when we moved here about 4 years ago. I never got the chance to talk to her personally but there was something about her that made my heart happy when I seen her riding her bike around and she always looked so happy. R.I.P Sara.

Dianne Tomlin

October 4, 2022, 4:59 pm

Miss Sara,
I am so blessed to have your Angels all over my home! Now you finally got your wings! So fly high in Heaven with no more pain, EVER! I would have loved to have been there when you saw Jesus!!! I know you are happy and safe forever! I can’t wait to see you there !!
You left Crestview a better place because you were here! See you soon. Then. I will teach you to play the piano like you always asked me to do. We will have a million years to get it done!!!
Dianne Tomlin
Crestview Mennonite. Church

Angela Carnley

October 4, 2022, 5:03 pm

Sara was my 2 girls God momma, I was gonna name my youngest that was born with Spina befida after her but I named her after my daddies momma instead that has passed away, she made my youngest a baby blanket she still has till this day, my daddy Robert Carroll was her personal plumber who always helped her to get her plumbing fixed anytime she needed it, it’s still a shock to me that she is gone, I didn’t know where she has went or was in nursing home when I came back to CRESTViEW otherwise I would of went to see her, But Our father i heaven has called her home now we all know she is safe and up In heaven she loved our lord and savior more than any of us did, she lived her life here on earth and we all was inspired by her, she was a very sweet loving person. I won’t never forget….

Courtney carroll

October 4, 2022, 5:27 pm

R.I.P miss Sara you will forever be in our hearts and you will forever be missed I’ve known you every since I was 5 years old we will always love you and miss you so much R.I.P miss Sara

Dan Raybon

October 4, 2022, 7:42 pm

Rest high on that mountain in peace beautiful angel

Deneise Lopez

October 4, 2022, 7:45 pm

I’ve known Sarah for a long time. i’ve seen her ride her bike and walking her walker all over town. She was inspiration to me. She did not consider herself special needs, she was a blessing to many people. I’ve heard her play her accordion many years at church. i’ve heard her testify of the goodness of God. Sarah cared for so many people. The one memory I will never forget is when she came to me at church, and told me that she had a dream about my oldest daughter Sydnee. Sarah said that in her dream that the Lord gave her, she seen my daughter walking and talking. Throughout the years she has reminded me of that dream that the Lord gave her. I’m still believing it will happen as she believed it’s going to happen. Sarah loved walking to church and everywhere, one day it was sprinkling pretty hard and she was walking by twin Hills Park and there was a train going by, she got in between the two rails and my husband seen her as we were waiting for the train to go by to go to church. He went to her and told her to come with us we were going to church also. She wouldn’t do it because she was going to walk. The train was long and it started to pour down raining and he got her walker and put it in the back of our trunk. she got in the car and said to me, I could walk!! I will always remember the stories that she would share and the times everyone had a Sarah story. I will always be thankful for knowing sister Sarah sue Reese. I love you, will meet again.

Sherry Carroll

October 4, 2022, 9:04 pm

Miss Sarah, She would come by our house and knock on the door, she would have the prettiest smile on her face n a song on her radio. She would tell us about Jesus. I haven’t seen her in a while but , too know she is in no more pain n she is in heaven and, I will see her one day. I love you 💜❤️ Miss Sarah and , will miss you. Love always Sherry Holley Carroll.

Ruth Sanders

October 4, 2022, 11:47 pm

Miss Sara will be missed by all of Crestview. Always smiling and a constant reminder to us all that a handicap doesn’t have to stop you from living a full life. You are definitely heaven’s gain.

Darlene Ray

October 5, 2022, 12:03 am

You will definitely be missed Miss Sara ,Fly high beautiful Angel 😇 u will not be forgotten and I will always remember the conversations we had and the sweet kind and loving advice that u gave me over the years…Sending prayers and hugs to your family and friends…

Sandra Vause

October 5, 2022, 1:00 am

Rest in peace Ms.Sarah W
as certainly a privilege
to know you.

Mack and Ann Moore

October 6, 2022, 9:33 pm

We saw her walking everywhere & admired her tenacity! Didn’t know her but talked to her often in KFC. Such a joy. 🤗🧡💛

Emily Maloy

October 8, 2022, 12:20 am

Crestview will
Never be the same Ms. Sara you were truly a blessing to all who met you who knew you. Rest now in the arms of Jesus

Jacqueline Koontz

October 24, 2022, 12:23 pm

Sara, you always made me smile. When you were passionate about something, everyone knew. You had a kind heart and were giving of your time when needed. Your presence on this earth will be missed.


February 4, 2023, 11:17 am

Sara was a beautiful woman who loved Jesus and she was not ashamed to share that.
She would be walking or riding her bike on stillwell. I really admired her determination.
She was a joyful person so thankful I met her one time and she did sell the peanut brittle.
You will be miss and you kept going and you didn’t let nothing or no one stop you what a great inspiration you were to so many people.

Job well done!!
Now you can Rest in JESUS ARMS!💕

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