Sarah Jo Bancroft, 89, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in the Grandview Health Care Center of Jasper, Ga.
She was born in Reliance, to Burch and Emily Cheek.
She was preceded in death by a loving and faithful husband, Howard Clinton Bancroft on May 2, 2004.
She is survived by her brother, Sam B. Cheek of Notasulga, Ala.; two sons: Clinton Howard Bancroft of Greasy Creek, and George Bradley Bancroft (Jody) of Milton, Ga.; three grandchildren: Bradley Bancroft, Justin Bancroft (Cynthia), and Sarah Bearse (Taylor); 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
From a very early age, she had an eye for design, both in fashion and home decor. She began making draperies with a friend, and together they developed it into a full time business. She worked with multiple designers in the Albany, Ga., area gaining fame for her design instincts and quality of manufacturing. She and her business partner made beautiful draperies, custom pillows and many fun holiday creations.
She was often called on to decorate homes and dining tables for special holiday events, which often would appear in Southern Living magazine.
She was greatly devoted and protective of her family, especially her children. She was known to be kind to children that came from broken or unstable home environments. She also had a sympathetic ear for friends of her children. In this arena, she had some very amazing insights. She was truly a unique person and will be missed by all of the lives she touched in her stay here on earth.
There will be a private family graveside service to inter her ashes at Chilcutt Cemetery in Cleveland, on March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please make a donation to your local animal shelter.
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