Martin "Papa Fess" Sawyer, Sr., was born May 4, 1921, "entered into eternal rest" on Tuesday December 25, 2018 at the age of 97, surrounded by his loving family. Martin accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age. Martin read many books (aka PROFESSOR FESS), as he was self-educated over the years. He later started out bartending at the 500 Club in 1942. He also bartended at the Stormy Casino Royal, Club Kelsto, Brennan's and lastly, at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel's Rib Room Bar for over 34 years until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. Martin retired in 2006, he spent over 63 years working in various businesses in and around the French Quarter as a Professional Bartender. Papa again known as "Fess" (aka PROFESSOR) for his knowledge of many things, was also well known and loved by many. He was famous for his specialty drink "THE MARSAW" which was featured in the book "TREME" and at the "SOUTHERN FOODWAY ALLIANCE" after Hurricane Katrina, in recognition for his bartending skills and drink recipes. Martin was preceded in death by his wife Cecelia M. Harris Sawyer, Parents Dennis and Laura Sawyer, Grandparents Peter and Victoria Cunningham, two brothers, Victor Sawyer I and Bertrand Sawyer and one sister Catherine Sawyer. Martin leaves to cherish his memories, children Alphonse J. Harris Sr., Eugene (Shirlyn) Harris Sr., Laura A. Sawyer (Romon Otis), and Martin (Yvette) Sawyer Jr., 12 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends of the family also Employees of the Omni Royal Orleans Rib Room are invited to attend the Funeral Services on Friday January 4, 2019 for 10:00 a.m. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Funeral Home, Inc. 2715 Danneel Street New Orleans, La. 70113. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum 4000 Norman Mayer Ave. New Orleans, La. 70122. Arrangements Entrusted To Estelle J. Wilson Funeral Home, Inc., 2715 Danneel St. N.O.LA. 70113. Information: (504) 895-4903. To sign online guest book please visit www.estellejwilsonfuneralhome.com
Published by The New Orleans Advocate from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4, 2019.