Howard Jack Sawyer, 83, passed away unexpectedly at his residence March 29, 2017.
Howard was born June 14, 1933, in Talladega, Ala., to Eddie Sawyer and Ida (Lawler) Jones.
Howard was employed at Buck's (formerly Walbridge) and Anderson Newspapers for several years until he retired from Guide Lamp after 25 years of service.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the Korean War.
Howard was known for his outgoing demeanor, laughter and friendly personality. Many knew him as someone that they could confide in because of how trustworthy he was. He was someone that many called a friend. Howard enjoyed walking and visiting with people.
Howard is survived by nine children: five daughters, Carmeletta Sawyer of Brookpark, Ohio, Denita (Robert)Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio, Valerie Watson of Minneapolis, Minn., Sherita (Courtney) Turner and Verna Pullin, all of Anderson; four sons, Howard (Michelle) Jones of Anderson, Terry Groce of Fort Wayne, Steven Sawyer of Minneapolis, Minn., and Aaron Sawyer of Anderson; 49 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Additional family include: Jones, Reese, Barkley English, Poole and Watson families. Best friends: Lovell (Annie) Wilkerson, Stotmy Stean, Donald Quarles and former wife, Carrie Gwen (Jordan) Sawyer.
He was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Grady Lawler.
Services will be at noon Friday at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, Anderson. The visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. to noon. Minister Marcus Jordan will officiate. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to L.C. May Funeral Service.
Published on April 4, 2017