George W. "Papa" Sawyer

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George W. 'Papa' Sawyer


George W. "Papa" Sawyer, 89, of Decatur died Monday, March 12, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital. Visitation will be tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Calvary Assembly Beltline Campus. Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Assembly Beltline Campus. Interment will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Jones-Beech Cemetery, Chatom. His son, Pastor George H. Sawyer will be officiating and will be assisted by the Calvary Assembly pastoral staff. Roselawn Funeral directing.

He was born in Warren, Ark., October 1, 1922. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.O. Sawyer and Ethel Leanna Nicholson Sawyer; two sisters, Pauline Sawyer Cleek and Aileen Sawyer Hunt. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo Ann Morrison Sawyer; one daughter, Paula Sawyer Beech (John), Chatom; two sons, Pastor George H. Sawyer (Phyllis) and Blair Morrison Sawyer of Decatur; four grandchildren, Meredith Fairbanks (Jonathon), Priceville, Nicole Richey (Joey), Decatur, Marlon Beech (Tonya), Chatom and Matt Beech (Lisa), Daphne; and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlotte Dean Skipper, Niceville, Fla.

He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. in Arkansas. He was a World War II veteran serving on the U.S.S. Ogden in the South Pacific.

Mr. Sawyer designed and built the Beltline Campus Facilities. He served as the building consultant for the construction of the first building on the new Highway 20 campus. He owned and operated George W. Sawyer Construction in McGehee, Ark., for 30 years. In addition to the Calvary Assembly construction, he built churches in Arkansas, Alabama, China and Venezuela. He was also employed by Compass Bank in their North Alabama operations.

He served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Assembly of God, McGehee, Ark., from 1955 to 1983. He served as a deacon at Calvary Assembly from 1991 until present.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the George W. "Papa" Sawyer legacy building fund, 1413 Glenn Street SW, Decatur, AL.
Published in the Decatur Daily on Mar. 14, 2012
George W. Sawyer
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