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SAWYER, Gerald Gerald Bernard Sawyer, age 86 of Johns Creek, Georgia passed away Friday, April 4, 2014. Born March 13, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia, Gerald grew up in East Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his parents G.B. and Mary Sawyer. Gerald graduated from Boys High and The University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduation he began work in his father's food brokerage company, G.B. Sawyer Company, and later served as its President until his retirement. He also served as President of the Atlanta Food Brokers Association. Active in his community, Gerald was instrumental in bringing Little League Baseball to Dekalb County, was a member of First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates where he taught Sunday School, and served as President of the Avondale High School Booster Clubs. He was a lifelong member of the Atlanta Athletic Club. Gerald lived by his faith and loved his family, country, Braves baseball, and The University of Georgia. GO DAWGS! In retirement, he spent time with family and friends in Naples, Florida and Ormond Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara; his children, Gerry and Jeftie Sawyer of Bowling Green, KY, Richard and Kelly Hanley of Peachtree Corners, GA, Dave and Benita Sawyer of Suwanee, GA; grandchildren, Stan and Molly Hanley, Francesco and Stacy Montagner, Todd and Casey Carnley, Clint Hanley, Tyler Sawyer, Camrea Sawyer, Cameron Sawyer; and two great-grandchildren, Carson and Miles Hanley. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00a.m. at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. Pastor Jay Hackett will officiate. The family will receive friends at a reception after the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, 4480 Peachtree Corners Circle, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 or Georgia Transplant Foundation 500 Sugar Mill Road A-170 Atlanta, GA 30350. On-line condolences may be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home Peachtree Chapel, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30092. 770-448-5757.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 13, 2014
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