Sylvia Crocker Weeks, 85, of Hilton Head Island, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, also known as MeMe, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 2, 2021. She was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., August 11, 1935 to the late Nathan Thomas Crocker, Jr. and Lena Tanner Crocker. She was preceded in death by her husband John Philips Weeks, son John Philips Weeks, Jr., and brother Nathan Thomas (Tommie) Crocker III.
Sylvia spent her childhood in Rocky Mount where her love for tennis began and continued throughout her adult life as a player, teacher and umpire for over 50 years. Her natural beauty won her many accolades including the title of Miss North/South Carolina Press Photographer while in college. She earned a degree in education from UNC Greensboro, graduating in May 1957 and marrying in June. She went on to teach sixth grade and then started her family.
After the sudden passing of her husband in 1974, she continued raising her family in Concord, N.C. As a single mother of four, she devoted many hours serving church and community as a Girl Scout leader, garden club member, Sunday school teacher, and tennis instructor.
She moved to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. in 1979 where she was a successful Realtor, an energetic member of St. Andrew’s Church and a docent for the Charleston Tour of Homes. She was also an active Republican Club member, campaigning tirelessly.
Moving to Hilton Head Island to be closer to her family, she continued volunteering her time and services to the Lord and community by playing handbells, ministering to the needy, and serving as a docent at Church of the Cross. She played on numerous tennis teams, volunteered at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, and umpired for Junior Tennis.
Sylvia was loved and admired by many and never met a stranger. She always had a smile on her face and greeting for everyone. She would wake up every morning and say, “Who am I going to make happy today?” She loved making angel ham biscuits and homemade peach ice cream to share.
Nothing brought her more joy, though, than her children and grandchildren. She delighted in their accomplishments, rarely missing their activities or sporting events as she was their No.1 fan. She loved the Lord, her family, friends, anything chocolate, fancy hats and, of course, her pink lipstick.
She was unparalleled in her strength and perseverance during hardship, her love for God and family, and her generosity. Her legacy continues to shine through her children and grandchildren who demonstrate her gracious heart and love for all.
Mrs. Weeks is survived by three children: Tanner Larson (Chuck), Hilton Head, S.C.; Russell Weeks (Wendy), McClellanville, S.C.; Harriet Pollitzer (Christiaan) Hilton Head, S.C.; sister, Joyce Crocker Murray (Reade), Bluffton, S.C.; grandchildren, Erica, John and Jackson Larson; Stratton and Madeleine Pollitzer; and Sara Elizabeth Weeks.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Graveside service at a later date.
Donations can be made in her memory to St. Luke’s Church (stlukeshhi.org), Hilton Head Humane (hhhumane.org), or Deep Well (deepwellproject.org/donate).
Sauls Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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