At 11:28 p.m., Mrs. Lola CeAndré Sawyers boarded "Flight 817" which was Heaven bound nonstop.
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Lola was born on March 12, 1950, in Washington County, Texas, to the late Wilbert Block and Bernice Williams Block. At the age of 5, Lola, her brother, Connie, and her parents moved to Houston, Texas, where she attended Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, Charles R. Drew Junior High School, George Washington Carver and Klein High Schools where she graduated in 1968.
Upon graduation, she attended East Texas State University, now Texas A&M Commerce, where she was a initiated as a charter member of the Theta Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Upon graduation, she became employed with Aldine Independent School District and later with Houston Independent School District where she served for 20 plus years.
In 1992, she relocated to Albany, Ga., where she became employed with the Dougherty County Public School System and served there at Southside Middle School and Westover Senior High School for 15 years.
Lola accepted Christ at an early age, and she was baptized in the Brazos River under the guidance of the Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church with which she kept a close bond and a participatory level as a faithful and devoted "homecoming" participant.
In 1973, God blessed her with a devoted daughter, AnaLysa (Bernesha) whom she adored. In 1990, God saw fit to direct Lola to her "Adam," by joining her with her husband, James "Jimmy" Sawyers Sr. They were married on Aug. 15, 1992 and remained married until her passing.
In 1992, she relocated to Albany, Georgia, where she became employed with the Dougherty County Public School System and served there at Southside Middle School and Westover Senior High School for 15 years. In 2007, Lola again relocated to Chester, where she was employed with Chesterfield County Public School System until her retirement in 2012.
Lola was actively involved in several community and national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, and the Boys Club of America. Her tireless and selfless commitment to her students and students in general made her a rare jewel. She was a woman of integrity who loved and cherished God, her family, and her friends. Many of her students continued to share memories of her outstanding ability to impart knowledge in applicable and meaningful ways and she will be missed by all.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a loyal, loving and devoted husband, James "Jimmy" Sawyers of Chester; two daughters, (devoted) AnaLysa "Bernesha" Sawyers of Bowie, Md. and Mercedes Sawyers of Austin, Texas; a son, James "Fred" Sawyers (April) of Barstow, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jasmine, Alexia, Dominique, Anaya and Xeiala; a devoted aunt, Loetha Breedlove (Eddie) of Washington County, Texas; one brother, Connie Block (Pearl) of Houston, Texas; a god-given sister, Linda Harris (Eddie) of Grand Prairie, Texas; four sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces; nephews; extended family members; and loving friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 5801 West Montgomery Road, Houston, Texas. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Driver, Houston, Texas.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Sawyers at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of the J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com, 804-732-8911; and the Carl Barnes Funeral Home, 746 W. 22nd St., Houston, Texas, 713-869-4529.
Published in The Progress-Index from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25, 2013