Sandra Sue Ewell

June 3, 1952 - March 20, 2019
Sandra Sue Ewell


Sandra Sue Ewell, age 66, of Wilmington, NC, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Sue was born in Columbus County on June 3, 1952. She is survived by her husband, Homer Allen Ewell; two daughters and their husbands, Karen and Michael Allen and Loretta and Jason Graham; a stepdaughter, Victoria Keener; grandchildren Cary, Laurie, Coleman, Riley, and Karianna; and siblings, Roy Jerry Hobbs and Brenda Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy Hobbs and Tracy Shupla, stepfather Harry Shupla, and two sisters, Faye King and Barbara Lewis.

Sue attended New Hanover High School, was a homemaker, and was a member of Wrightsville Avenue Church of God. She was known for her love of family and the Lord. She was a Mama and a Grandma, the Southern kind, who told you what she thought, prayed for you, made you some of her State Fair Blue Ribbon winning biscuits, and loved you no matter what.

As a child, her Grandma Nettie took her to church. As a young adult, she married her forever love, Allen, and gave her heart to the Lord. Together they served Jesus. Sister Sue, as many called her, could cook like no other, pray with power, and sing like an angel. Her voice blessed others for years, in the choir, on special occasions, and more than anything, her grandkids. She was known for working hard, and if someone was in trouble she was there. Sue was a children’s church director, girls group teacher, youth leader, and fundraising pro for those in need. She always made sure the church camping trips her husband went on with boys groups were fully supplied and took countless trips with youth over the years, investing in their talents and mentoring them through some of their toughest times. She also supported the efforts of foreign missions wholeheartedly.

When it came to her kids and grandkids, Sue always went above and beyond. They were always sure to get a custom birthday cake, but they never knew when she would appear with a load of groceries, new clothes, or something hand sewn, that they desperately needed, yet had never told her about. She was quick to tell them, “Wear your sweater,” and, “Remember who you are,” and knew how to be in the right place at the right time to help.

Sue loved her family, standing by her husband through the years and taking care of various family members until it was their time to meet Jesus. She was faithful. She was real. She was a Mama.

Known for her love of the mountains, spending time with family, yard sales, butter pecan ice cream, salted cucumbers, pistachios, roses, bluegrass music, vintage pins, and making homemade pound cakes, Sue was a fierce and loving soul, always fighting for her family. Cancer did not take her from this earth, but rather Jesus freed her and now she is healed and whole.

Come join the family for Sue’s Homegoing Celebration on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at Wrightsville Avenue Church of God, located at 2132 Wrightsville Avenue in Wilmington, NC. Visitation will be held at 3pm and the funeral service will begin at 4pm. The family will gather on the following Tuesday at noon for burial at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations made to the Youth and Children’s Fund at Wrightsville Avenue Church of God, in memory of Sue, would be greatly appreciated.

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  • March 22, 2019
    Craig Register says:
    So sorry for your loss, Sue always had a beautiful smile. That could make you happy. You all are in my prayers..

  • March 27, 2019
    F Davis says:
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you cherish your many fond memories of Ms. Sue. She is at peace, asleep and God has promised that all those who are in his memory will be restored to life as promised at Acts 24:15. He also has a bright future in store for us all as promised at Psalms 37:11, 29, 34. May you find comfort in the future fulfillment of God's promise. Now may God comfort you during your time of bereavement.

  • March 25, 2019
    Tim and Brenda Gore says:
    Dear Retta and family, we are so sorry that we are unable to be with you at this time, but so grateful to know that God is always with you to comfort and strengthen. I know you look forward to the day when you can join her in the arms of Jesus. God bless you.

  • March 25, 2019
    Holly Barfield. says:
    Ms Sue was such a wonderful warm lady. She always had a smile on her face and I remember her laughing with my mom often. She will be truly missed. So happy she is heaven! So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family!

  • March 23, 2019
    Dee Howard Briggs says:
    One of the sweetest people ever!!! I so enjoyed singing Praise & Worship with you, during your Husband surgery in 2011. I have never forgotten your sweet smile and kindness. Rest my Sister, it won’t be long before Jesus comes and we can sing forever. I love you family. Retta your Mom was a Jewel!!! Love to All the Family, Pastor and Wrightsville Church!!! We miss you!! ✝️✝️✝️