Sidney V. Carraway
Published 6:28 am Sunday, February 4, 2007
Greenville — Sidney V. Carraway, 78, died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side on February 2, 2007.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the Immanuel Baptist Church by the Rev. Hugh Burlington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Sidney was born November 26, 1928 in Farmville to the late Abe Council Carraway and Melissa James Carraway. He attended Farmville schools and graduated from Farmville High School as an outstanding student and athlete. He continued his love of sports, playing basketball, baseball and football at Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton. Presbyterian merged with St. Andrews College in Laurinburg to become St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Sidney was inducted into the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Athletic Hall of Fame on April 28, 2000. He received an honorable discharge after four years of service in the U.S. Army.
His dedication to the Lord emerged at a very young age and followed him throughout his lifetime. As a child he attended Carraways Chapel in Farmville and was a devout member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville for 50 years, singing in the choir, serving as a deacon and holding memberships on several church boards and committees.
He was a well respected businessman in Greenville for over forty years. He and his wife, Bernadine, owned and operated Carraway Typewriter Company which is now Carraway Office Solutions, owned by their son, Burney. He continued to work at the family business part-time after his retirement.
Actively involved in the community, Sidney was a member of the Greenville Jaycees, Crown Point Masonic Lodge No. 708, Greenville Recreation and Parks Commission and the Community Fellowship Club. Among the many honors awarded to Sidney Carraway — Award of Honor in Community Service from the Greenville Recreation Department; BB&T Officials Service Award for Football Officiating, Outstanding Service Awards from the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the N.C. Athletic Officials Association.
Sidney was one of the earliest members of the Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games Program. He was known as the “Father of the 3 on 3 Basketball Program” enjoying many years of playing, recruiting and service. He was a member of the Pitt County Senior Games Steering Committee and a N.C. Senior Games Ambassador.
Sidney was married to the love of his life, Bernadine Ballance on November 11, 1956. They were blessed with two wonderful sons, Sidney V. Carraway Jr. and James Burney Carraway. He was the greatest Papa ever to grandchildren Lauren, Chad, Hayden, Bryson and Maddy Carraway. In addition to his wife, sons and grandchildren, he leaves to cherish his memory: his daughter-in-law, Pam Carraway; his brother, John Carraway and wife Jean; his sister, Brooks C. Sandy; sisters-in-law, Catherine Carraway and Judy B. Baker and husband Gene; brothers-in-law, Doug Ballance and Charles Ballance; and many nieces and nephews who he loved as if they were his own.
In addition to his parents, Sidney was preceded in death by brothers, Charlie, Bennett and Harvey Carraway; and sister, Ruth C. Benton.
To all who knew and loved Sidney, he will be remembered as a true gentleman, the kindest of souls, generous, and a positive thinker who lifted up and brightened the lives of everyone he met.
The family will receive friends tonight from 5 to 7 at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games, 4561 County Home Rd., Greenville, NC 27858.