Thomas Earl Sawyer Sr.


Mr. Thomas Earl Sawyer Sr., 84, husband of the late Antoinette M. “Toni” Sawyer and a resident of Birdsnest, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Onancock. A native of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., he was the son of the late Walter Lee Sawyer and the late Lessie Bess Sawyer. He was a pipefitter with Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 110, Norfolk, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and a member of Exmore Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Tony A. Sawyer, of Norfolk; a brother, William Jimmy Sawyer, of Moyock, N.C.; a sister, Barbara Philyaw, of Chesapeake; two stepsons, Charles F. Olinger, of Birdsboro, Pa., and Timmy Sieber, of Baltimore; 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 were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Doughty Funeral Home with the Rev. Jonathan Carpenter officiating. Private interment followed in Eastville Baptist Church Cemetery. Family joined friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shore Christian Academy, 11624 Occohannock Road, Exmore, VA 23350.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.
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