Cornelius Sawyer

April 7, 2022

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Cornelius Sawyer, 71, transitioned to be with the Lord on April 7, 2022. He was born on Wednesday, March 14, 1951, to the late Nancy E. and Lee H. Sawyer.

“Neil”, as many called him, was a loving son, brother, uncle, husband, and friend. He gave many years of labor working for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and also Manjack Apartments. Cornelius enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all.

Cornelius was predeceased by his parents, Nancy and Lee Sawyer; two brothers, Norris “Bobby” Sawyer and Ronald “Ronnie” Sawyer; one sister, Theresa Cowell; and two sons, Kerry “Peanut” Dixon and LiMark Fluellen.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Ernestine Sawyer; children, Vanessa Fleming (Riley), Danielle Lawson, Earlisa Fluellen, Joyce Bates (Cleveland), and Robert Fluellen; two brothers, Hinton L. Sawyer (Verna) and Wayland “Maurice” Sawyer; one sister, Nancy “Sharon” Ware; 23 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, his Aunt Barbara Jean, as well as a host of cousins, other family, and friends.

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April 18, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Keith Matthews Funeral Home
5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502

Funeral Service
April 19, 2022

11:00 AM
Keith Matthews Funeral Home
5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502

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