01/18/08 — DONALD W. SASSER

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Dec. 24, 1939-Jan. 16, 2008

WILMINGTON -- Donald Wayne Sasser, 68, died Wednesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a brief but sudden illness.

Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, Don, was born in Princeton, N.C., son of the late James Herbert Sasser and Rosa Lynch Sasser.

Don was the business owner of Sasser's Rentals and the former owner of Sasser's Auto Sales. He was a member of several local Baptist churches including Sunset Park Baptist, Southside Baptist and Silver Lake Baptist where he held various positions. He thanked the Lord every day for the many blessings bestowed upon him. Don was an honest, hard working and honorable man; his principled nature meant he backed his word with a handshake. He never met a stranger and he was always ready and willing to help anyone that needed a helping hand. Don loved his ocean home and mountain house where he spent many good times with family and friends. He was an avid sports fisherman and passionate card player. Don will be remembered for his love of business, sense of humor, loyalty to his friends and devotion to his family.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Sasser and Robert Glen Sasser; one sister, Dorothy Mae Overbee; and one niece, Betty Sue Coston.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Betty L. Flake; five daughters, Donna McBride of Petersburg, N.J., Roxanne Lloyd and husband, John Lloyd, of Petersburg, N.J., Leann Lanier and husband, Michael Lanier, of Wilmington, N.C., Sharen Greenway and husband, Michael Greenway, of Wilmington, N.C., Karen Gurganious of Apex, N.C.; two sons, Wayne Gurganious and wife, Kathy Gurganious, of Raleigh, N.C., and Eddie Gurganious and wife, Ellen Gurganious, of Wilmington, N.C., ten grandchildren, Chip Moore and wife, Falon, Becca Gurganious, Joel Lloyd, Jeremy Gurganious, Brittany Spivey, Tony McBride, Wesley Gurganious, Roxanne Lloyd, Brett Gurganious, Kyle McBride; four step-grandchildren, Michael L. Greenway Jr., Ashley Greenway, Alyssa Greenway. Joshua Greenway; one sister, Myde Graham and husband, Tracy Graham; six nephews, Eddie Daughtry, Jeff Sasser, Rex Sasser, Dean Sasser, Herbie Sasser, Richie Sasser; and three nieces, Diana Taylor, Debbie Holt, Gail Sasser.

Don will be missed by his family, close friends and valued employees, Barbara Still, Robert Henry Aldridge and Joe Melton.

The Promise

"Across the years I will walk with you-

in deep green forests; on shores of sand:

And when our time on earth is through,

in heaven, too, you will have my hand."

-Love, Betty

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Sunset Baptist Church 231 Central Blvd., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 830 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington.

Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Chip Moore, Joel Lloyd, Jeremy Gurganious, Tony McBride, Wesley Gurganious, Brett Gurganious and Kyle McBride. Honorary bearers will be William "Billy" Long, Sherman Davis, Ellis Casteen, Tom Morgan, Eddie Daughtry, Jeff Sasser, Rex Sasser, Dean Sasser, Gene Rackley and Eric Barwick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's memory to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

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


Published in Obituaries on January 18, 2008 2:45 PM