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Celebrating the life of

Sara Frances Scarboro Heaton

September 06, 1925 - February 05, 2022

Sara Frances Scarboro Heaton

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Sara Frances Scarboro Heaton, 96, died February 5, 2022, at Hospice Savannah after a brief illness.

Mrs. Heaton was born in September 1925, to the late Bert Scarboro and Mamie Frances Johnson Scarboro, on their family farm in Bulloch County.

In 1946, she married George Tillman Heaton when he returned from serving in the South Pacific.  They were married until his death in 1999.

She grew up in the Depression years and learned many important lessons about hard work as a child on the farm.  She graduated from Portal High School in 1942, and at age 17, caught the train that went by their farm to Savannah to find a job.   Just months after the US entering WWII, she was hired by Southern Bell as a switchboard operator, where she continued on to work in the Assignment Office until she retired in the early 1980’s.  She was one of the first women promoted to supervisor in Savannah in Bell South. 

Her family was thankful to have her for so many years as a very active member of the family.  She loved sitting on the floor playing games with the grandchildren and great grandchildren, making crafts with them, attending any event involving her “children”, baking Beanie bread weekly, and at the end, getting phone calls from them to say goodbye.  All of her family will remember the things she shared with them about growing up on the farm in such hard times.  As one of eight children, she helped with everything on the farm, from washing clothes for ten people, gathering eggs, milking cows, and helping her mother cook.  She grew up to be a great gardener and cook, as well as a fix-it expert!

Mrs. Heaton is survived by her only child, daughter Elaine Heaton Barrow and son-in-law David Crenshaw Barrow, III, of Savannah.  She has two grandsons, David Crenshaw Barrow, IV, and his wife, Virginia Smith Barrow of Winchester, Massachusetts, and George Heaton Barrow, and his wife, Martha Vanderbilt Barrow, of Savannah.  She has six great-grandchildren: Victoria R. Barrow, Elizabeth R Barrow, Julia F. R. Barrow, David C. Barrow, V, Lily V. Barrow, and Kahala V. Barrow.  She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was a long-time member of the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 12, at 3pm.

There will be a visitation from 4:00 – 6:00 on Friday, February 11, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

If considering a memorial contribution, the family suggests they be made to the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA  31411.




My sincere sympathy to the Family. Many year ago we were friends and I reported to her in our work at Southern Bell.

- Marion Clark, Snellville, Georgia

Mrs. Heaton and my mother were friends and coworkers at Southern Bell. She was a truly lovely lady.

- Linda W. Geriner, Savannah, GEORGIA

My mother was born and named Madera Sparks but changed her name to Cleo Beauty Sparks. Her parents were John Henry Sparks from Laston, GA, and Idolene Turner, from Waynesboro, GA. My mom was one of 11 children working hard and living hard in Portal, GA, Bulloch, County. Her grandfather had close to 35 children in Laston, GA. I know mom and kids had an out house like Paynes Chapel, Jenkins County. She died when she was 88 years of age in Savannah. I vaguely remember my mom speaking of Scarboro and Heaton. RIP up yonder, Sara Frances. We are related in some fashion.

- Dorothy, Hilton Head Island, SC

So sorry to hear of your loss. We , my husband Jimmy Jackson and myself worked with Frances at Southern Bell. Naturally we had a lot of interaction and a lot of good times. During those years, we were one BELL FAMILY. It was a great time. We will miss her.

- Lorita S Jackson, PLANTATION, FL

I knew Frances at Southern Bell she was a hard worker. She always was just one of us even though we worked in different departments . May God comfort and give you inner peace.

- June Holt, Glennville, Ga

I knew Frances at Southern Bell she was a hard worker. She always was just one of us even though we worked in different departments . May God comfort and give you inner peace.

- June Holt, Glennville, Ga

Elaine, Please know you and the family are close in thought and prayer. Many wonderful memories of your mom.

- Linda Seckinger Walker, Black Creek, Georgia

Ms.Heaton, always even though I knew she was in pain sometimes, made me smile with her sharp sense of humor and matter of fact advice. I always enjoyed sharing some time with her and talking to her before she got her hair cut. At 96 she still came to her hair appointment every 5 weeks on a Friday at 12:00 noon. God I will miss her.....

- R. Patrick Davis, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel