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Joseph Sawyer

January 20, 2018
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Joseph H. Sawyer 75, the son of the late Joseph Sawyer and Eunice Leary was born on November 2, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He departed this life on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  Joseph was a loving husband, devoted Father, caring grandfather, and supportive brother.  He was the oldest of three children.

Joseph received his education in Norfolk Public Schools.  He graduated from the Class of 1961 from Booker T. Washington High School.  He had a heart for people, enjoyed dining out, playing cards with his lifetime friends, entertaining, and making people feel good.  He was a fun, loving person who was very compassionate and loved listening to his “ole school” music.  He was given the nickname “Sarge” by former co-workers because of his amusing demeanor.                         

Joseph retired from the U. S. Army with military honors as a Staff Sergeant, which during this time was a part of the Vietnam War.  His awards from the Army consisted of The Good Conduct Medal (3rd Awd), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, and a Parachute Badge.  He also worked several years for the government as a Warehouse Worker on Norfolk Naval Base in Building 143 until his second retirement.                                               

He was predeceased by his sister Juanita Glen.  He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Myra Sawyer, his sister Eddie Mae Morris, seven children: Rodney Sawyer (Johnnie) of Atlanta, GA, Michael Cuffee (Tonya) of Bristow, VA, Pamela Gay of Norfolk, VA, David Cuffee of Norfolk, VA, Andria Cousins of Hampton, VA, Deborah Payton of Norfolk, VA, and Lisa Ellick( Andre) of Norfolk, VA, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a host of sister in laws, brother in laws, nieces and nephews.

To know Joseph was to enjoy his company, conversation, and wisdom.  Although his latter years were challenging, he remained vigilant, talkative, and fun.  He will remain in our thoughts, hearts, and lives.  His generosity and his selfless acts will serve as a model of how to treat others.  He will be missed but never forgotten.


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