Sarah Caroline Gann

Sarah Gann passed away peacefully on April 1, at age 91 with her family at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband Lewis C. Gann Jr. in 2000; son, Clarence Neal Gann in 1974; son, Lewis Gann III in 2000; daughter, Phyllis Jean Gann in 2018. Survived by her daughter, Brenda Castleberry of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Tina Hicks (Glenn) of Warrior, Alabama; son, Joe Gann (Ann) of Calera, Alabama; 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Sarah was born in 1928, in Birmingham, Alabama. She was one of six children born to Marshall and Cordie Bradshaw. Sarah started working at age 15, as a cashier at a five and dime store in Birmingham. Then, at 19 years old, Sarah went to work at New Ideal Department Store as a gift wrapper.  At age 24, Sarah began working at Hill’s Food Stores as a meat wrapper, then, went to work at Bruno’s Grocery Store as a meat wrapper and baker. She wrapped meat for 35 years before she retired in 1987, at the age of 59 years old. She loved to cook big meals for her family; bake amazing coconut cakes; play Bingo and the slot machines, read Harlequin Romance novels and volunteer at the American Legion. In December 2008, Sarah moved to Arlington, Texas to live with her daughter, Brenda. She will always be remembered as Nanny Gann to everyone who knew her.

There will be no service at this time. Sarah will be laid to rest at Elmwood Cemetery next to her beloved husband of 54 years.

Charter Funeral Home entrusted.


  1. Justin Bradford on April 6, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Miss you dearly Nanny Gann. I know you are up there in heaven smiling down on us. Until we meet again…

  2. Jo Lucas on April 7, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Aunt Sara, you will be missed dearly by so many. I will always remember coming to your house for ham, the best potatoe salad and coconut cake. You always made everyone welcome. You were one of the best Aunts anyone could ever have.

  3. Marty Alba on April 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Nanny Goat
    I sure do miss you, I feel like a piece of my heart went with you. I know it would of been selfish to ask God not to take you so we just prayed for you to go peacefully and you did. Mom & I are gonna be lost without our 3rd Golden Girl” and I’m really going to miss all our talks and all the stories about you growing up. I know these last few months were really hard on you yet you still managed a smile even though you were in so much pain. I can still hear you whisper “Love You” as you just barely squeezed my hand ? Even though I can’t see you, I know you will always be watching over me!

  4. Kim Gann on April 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm


    You were the best Grandmother anyone could ask for. You always thought about others and had the best giggle. Your personality lit up a room. You had the best spirit. I have the greatest memories of you and I will cherish them. You will be missed dearly, but I know you’re home with Jesus