Mary Esther Sadler Vann

Mary Esther Sadler Vann

Zebulon – Mary Esther Sadler Vann, 95, passed away on Sunday. She was born in Warren County to the late Courtney King & Cora Browning Sadler. She taught chemistry and math at Corinth Holders High School and East Wake. Mary Esther had a devoted group of women who loved and cared for her who were her family and will miss her very much. She loved God and her church & enjoyed reading and riding horses. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Franklin Clio Vann.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hales Chapel Baptist Church.

Funeral 2 pm, Thursday, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell with visitation 12:30 – 2 pm, prior to the service. Burial will follow in Hales Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, where the family will also speak with friends. She will lie in repose 2-5 Wednesday at the funeral home. Available at (MASKS ARE REQUIRED)


  • Sandra Watkins Posted February 2, 2021 11:54 am

    So sorry for the families loss.
    Mrs Mary Esther Vann was a very sweet and Christian lady.
    I new her best a little girl. When we would go to her house she would let us play with her China baby dolls. We were always very careful with then. Such a sweet sweet lady.

  • Worth & Gail Brown Posted February 2, 2021 11:55 am

    She was a very sweet, loving and a friend to so many boys and girl she taught at school so many years ago. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • 1957 Class of Corinth Holders High School Posted February 2, 2021 12:02 pm

    The best school teacher ever. She taught Algebra and Geometry at Corinth Holders High School back in the 50’s .

  • Rev. Ashley Bailey Posted February 2, 2021 12:16 pm

    Precious is the best word I can use to describe my neighbor of so many years. What a great example of a Godly woman she was.

  • Dale Seley Posted February 2, 2021 1:10 pm

    Mrs. Vann was an EXCELLENT teacher of Math, and I didn’t even like Math. She was always wearing a smile. Her legacy of kindness, grace, faithfulness, love of God and follower of Christ make her legacy worth emulating.

  • Marda Debnam Posted February 2, 2021 1:31 pm

    May God continue to comfort and uplift you.

  • Charlene Murray Posted February 2, 2021 1:38 pm

    Mrs. Vann will be missed. She was a special lady.

  • Corinth Holders High School Graduating Class of 1960 Posted February 2, 2021 2:00 pm

    Mrs. Vann was an excellent teacher, with unwavering compassion for her students. She will always remain in our hearts with unforgettable memories.

  • Chris Hendley Posted February 2, 2021 2:59 pm

    As one of her former students C/O 87 she was incredibly patient with me. My math skills were weak at best. I am very thankful for her.

  • Barna & Peggy Wilder Posted February 2, 2021 3:16 pm

    Mrs. Vann taught Barna & me Algebra 1 & 2 & Geometry in HS! She was an excellent math teacher! She will be missed by many people especially the congregation of Hales Chapel Baptist Church

  • Ilona Dillinger McHale Posted February 2, 2021 3:46 pm

    Mrs.Vann was one of the sweetest and most giving teachers I ever had. She had the sweetest smile and most beautiful heart. I feel blessed to have had her as a teacher. Love and Prayers to her family.

  • Gary Richardson Posted February 2, 2021 4:45 pm

    I loved having Mrs Van for Algebra at VWHS. A special lady💜

  • Gary Richardson Posted February 2, 2021 4:47 pm

    I loved having Mrs Vann for Algebra at VWHS. A special lady with a giant heart💜 condolences to her family…

  • lloyd h price Posted February 2, 2021 6:16 pm

    Mrs. Vann taught me algebra 1 and 2 at Vaiden Whitley High School. She was the kindest and most helpful teacher I ever had! She had a quiet clear testimony for Jesus and I look forward to seeing her again when I cross over to heaven!

  • Sonya Hodge-Jones Posted February 2, 2021 6:30 pm

    East Wake, Class of 1978

  • East Wake Class of 1981 Posted February 2, 2021 8:40 pm

    What a wonderful lady

  • David Ange Posted February 3, 2021 10:20 am

    Mrs. Vann taught me much more than math. She taught not only me, but my brother and my sister. I was fortunate to be her teacher’s assistant my senior year(1980). Our discussions I carry with me always.

  • Cynthia Thompson Blackwell Posted February 3, 2021 11:55 am

    Mrs. Vann taught my father at Corinth Holders and me at East Wake, a fact my father and I were both proud of. I loved her and her gentle spirit. Much love and countless prayers for her close friends and family,

  • Neil Murphey Posted February 3, 2021 4:13 pm

    I’m honored to have been one of Mrs. Vann’s students at Corinth Holders High School back in the early 5o’s

  • Vicki Chamblee Hartrich Posted February 4, 2021 9:47 am

    I graduated from Vaiden Whitley High School and had Mrs. Vann

  • Vicki Chamblee Hartrich Posted February 4, 2021 9:49 am

    I graduated from Vaiden Whitley High School and had Mrs. Vann for Geometry

  • Vicki Chamblee Hartrich Posted February 4, 2021 9:56 am

    I graduated from Vaiden Whitley High School and had Mrs. Vann for Geometry and Algebra II. She was a kind, patient, gentle, caring person and a great and memorable teacher. She will always be remembered as a wonderful, sweet, kind, soft spoken, patient person. She made it to our 2015 reunion and everybody was so glad to see her. Everyone loved her and had respect for her. RIP

  • Barbara Williams Timmons Posted February 4, 2021 2:40 pm

    Mrs Vann taught me Algebra I and II! What a task she had! She was sweet, kind and she had the patience of Job. One of the best teachers I had at Vaiden Whitley!

  • Belinda Hocutt Posted February 8, 2021 6:56 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Vann.
    She was a beautiful lady who did so much for our community. She will be missed.
    … From the family of Bishop Robert O’neal Sr.

  • Donna Barry Posted February 14, 2021 7:21 pm

    Ms Vann taught me math at East Wake High School. I’m just seeing this my condolences to the family she was a great teacher!

  • Michael John Harrington Posted April 3, 2024 6:29 pm

    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. That’s what you are Mrs. Vann, one of God’s saints. Words of thankfulness cannot adequately describe all that you meant to us, who were your pupils. Your beautiful spirit transcended what was required of you to teach in the classroom, it pierced our hearts and made us better human beings. Can’t wait to see you in Heaven Mrs. Vann!

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