Thomas Earl Sawyer, Sr., 84, husband of the late Antoinette M. “Toni” Sawyer and a resident of Birdsnest, VA, passed away on Monday January 3, 2022, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Onancock, VA. Born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Walter Lee Sawyer and the late Lessie Bess Sawyer. He was a pipe fitter with Union of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Norfolk, Local 110, a Korean War veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Exmore Baptist Church.

He is survived by one son, Tony A. Sawyer of Norfolk, VA; one brother, William Jimmy Sawyer of Moyock, North Carolina; one sister, Barbara Philyaw of Chesapeake, VA; two step-sons, Charles F. Olinger of Birdsboro, PA, and Timmy Sieber of Baltimore, MD; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Thomas was predeceased by a brother, Walter L. Sawyer, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Doughty Funeral Home with Reverend Jonathan Carpenter as celebrant. Private interment will follow in the Eastville Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will join friends one hour before the funeral home service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made at Shore Christian Academy, 11624 Occohannock Road, Exmore, VA 23350.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia.


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