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Sara Carmichael Grandy

Sara Carmichael Grandy passed away at her son’s residence in Clayton on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. She was born in Florence, South Carolina on August 22, 1928, and was preceded in death by her parents, Roderick Murchison Carmichael and Sara Black Carmichael; a brother, Roderick Murchison Carmichael, Jr.; and her former husband, Malcolm Buchanon Grandy.

She graduated from Dillon High School in 1945, was a Wake Forest alumnus, and a huge Demon Deacon fan. Sara moved to Raleigh in 1965 and almost immediately joined the Hillsborough Street YMCA, where she spent many happy hours with friends and staff. She was an avid tennis player, and won the state mixed doubles senior championship in 1988. Sara was a legal secretary before retiring, and then working part-time at North Ridge Country Club’s tennis shop for many years. Sara was also an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Physical fitness and athletic activity especially at the YMCA were a part of her daily life even up to one week prior to her death.

She is survived by her son, Dana Lee Grandy and his wife Tara Smith Grandy; granddaughter, Tracy Lee Grandy; and grandson, Blake Carmichael Grandy.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St., in Raleigh. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 until 11:00 am. The Reverend Bob Inskeep of First Presbyterian Church will conduct the service. A graveside service will follow on Friday at 3:30pm at Riverside Cemetery in Dillon, SC.

The family would like to thank North Ridge Country Club, the Alexander Family YMCA, and Janet and Buddy Bethea from Dillon, for their love, support, friendship and care given to Sara.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Alexander Family YMCA, 1603 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27605, or to First Presbyterian Church, 120 West Hargett Street Raleigh, NC 27601.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Condolences may be made through