Robert Sawyer

Robert Sawyer

Robert Sawyer, 86, of 103 Rosewood Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at his residence.  He was born on October 18, 1925, in Currituck County, NC to the late Talmon and Adelia Sanderlin Sawyer.  Mr. Sawyer was the owner/operator of Robert Sawyer’s, and U.S. Marine veteran of World War II serving in Okinawa in the bomb disposal unit.  He was a member of the Eureka Lodge #317 AF & AM, Elizabeth City Shrine Club, Loyal Order of the Moose and VFW Post #6060.  He attended the Wesley United Methodist Church.  Mr. Sawyer was the widow of the late Doris Branch Sawyer.

He is survived by his fiancée, Phyllis Lane of Elizabeth City, NC; two daughters, Becky Sawyer Smithson of Camden, NC and Robin Sawyer Williams and her fiancé, Roger Gillies, of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Randy Lane and wife, Michelle, of Elizabeth City, NC.  Also, he is survived by six grandchildren, Derek Smithson, Neil Smithson, Carrie Smithson, Robby Williams, Mandy Edwards, and Darlene Lane; seven great grandchildren, Hayden, Makayla, Emily, Gavin, Hannah, Jacob, and Blake.  Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Boots Bundy and Etta McPherson and two brothers, Talmon Sawyer and Leslie Sawyer.

Funeral services with military honors by the VFW Post #6060 will be conducted Friday, October 12, 2012, at 11:00am in the Twiford Memorial Chapel with Rev. Wayne Wood officiating.  Burial will be in the West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and relatives Thursday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 at the funeral home, also immediately following the chapel service in the lobby of the funeral home and at other times at his residence, 103 Rosewood Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC.  The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory be directed to the Albemarle Hospice, P.O. Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC 27909-0189 or to the American Cancer Society, 404 Jessup Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.  Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Sawyer family.  Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Albemarle Family Practice on October 9th, 2012 3:28 pm

    We, here at Albemarle Family Practice, would like to share our deepest sympathy with the family. Mr. Sawyer was a joy to be around and he will surely be missed by all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers…..With Love,

    Albemarle Family Practice
    Dr. Sutton’s office

  2. Henry & Edna Powers on October 9th, 2012 3:46 pm

    We both are very sorry for your loss, Mr.Sawyer will be miss in all way.

  3. Kim Outlaw Paul and Michael Paul on October 9th, 2012 4:18 pm

    There is no way I could do him justice on this page. I remember riding horses with Robin as a little girl. I so admired her and Geranimo. They kept their horses next to our house for a couple of years. Mr. Robert was so good to our family. He taught me to ride at the late Clyde Godfrey’s and bragged about his girls all the time. Even at the station he would still find time to pick at me. You are all in our prayers. He was such a part of this town. My grandfather always said that Mr. Sawyer was as good as his word. You don’t find that much anymore. This place will never be the same. God Bless

  4. Alvin and Bonnie on October 9th, 2012 4:37 pm

    I am truly sorry to here of your loss.
    Robert helped so many people and was a
    good man. We will all miss him, and I
    know that he is in a better place.
    We are Blessed to have known Robert.
    He made a difference in several of our
    lives. God Bless You. Alvin

  5. pleasant burnes on October 9th, 2012 6:22 pm


  6. Naomi Hall on October 9th, 2012 6:29 pm

    Roger I am sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. He will be truely missed.We will be praying for you & the family. I f you need us you know where we are. love you

  7. Bessie Reid Ward on October 9th, 2012 6:35 pm

    Phyliss & Family, I am so sorry to read about Robert’s passing..

    I thought a lot of both of you.

    I saw him when I was home two year’s ago and my Aunt and I delivered BBQ plate’s for the Fist Baptist Church .

    He was a very good man and I was also his agent when I was living there in the late 80’s & early 90’s..

    My Thought’s are with you and your family now.


    Bess Ward

  8. Lisa Nixon Quinn/ Jack Quinn on October 9th, 2012 6:48 pm

    Robin Roger Becky and family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you .Mr Robert was a good man to all who knew him.May God give you all the strenght you need to get through these next few days weeks and months ahead.Love you guys
    Lisa Quinn

  9. PHYLLIS & FRANK MANSFIELD on October 9th, 2012 7:42 pm


  10. Kathy and Ray Firestone on October 9th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Phyllis and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with him when we were down that way.

  11. Holly Green on October 9th, 2012 8:03 pm

    I will truly miss grandpa Robert. May he rest in peace with those who went home before him.

  12. Cindy Gibbs on October 9th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Phyllis and family,we were so sorry to hear about your loss. Robert was like a dad to us, he will truely be missed. We love yall and prayers are going out for your family at this time.

  13. Jonna Clark on October 9th, 2012 9:37 pm

    To the Sawyer’s and the Lane’s. I am so sorry for your loss. Robert was such a kind and gentle soul and I know that he will be missed. Make no mistake, he is up in Heaven with his Father and he knows no more pain or sorrow.

  14. Ike and Pamela Berry on October 9th, 2012 9:45 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Robert.Our prayers are going out to the Family. He will truely be missed but not Forgotten. God Bless

  15. Judd & Janie White on October 9th, 2012 10:15 pm

    Judd and I were sorry to hear
    of your loss.We are thinking of all of you at this time. You have always been there for everybody else and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Janie and Judd

  16. Priscilla Harrell on October 9th, 2012 10:29 pm

    Phyllis you are in my thoughts and prayers!

  17. Wendy Bray White on October 9th, 2012 10:57 pm

    Robin, I am sorry about the passing of yor Dad. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Karen S Jackson on October 9th, 2012 11:02 pm

    Condolences from the Jackson Family. Mr Sawyer was certainly an icon in Elizabeth City. I never met him personally, but everyone always had kind things to say about his character.

  19. June and Larry Melvin on October 9th, 2012 11:43 pm

    Randy and Phyllis, so sorry for you dear loss. Robert was a fine man and will be truly missed by all of us. Lifting you both up in prayer.

  20. Helen Jennings Midgett on October 10th, 2012 8:15 am

    Phyllis, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our hearts and we are sending prayers up for you and the family.

    Helen, Bonni, and Cindi.

  21. Linda B Thompson on October 10th, 2012 11:03 am

    So sorry for your loss Becky & Derrick
    you will be in my prayer. God Bless
    Linda,Chris and Lara Thompson

  22. Phillip Jernigan on October 10th, 2012 11:22 am

    Robert Sawyer’s service station has been open my whole life. I remember when it was Pure Oil. My dad went there for many years and he and Robert were good friends. You were always greeted with a smile from Robert and that’s what I remember most about him. To his family and friends; may our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  23. Mary Ann Aydlett on October 10th, 2012 11:23 am

    Robin and family, the world will never be the same without Mr. Robert. He was a kind, generous, and wonderful man who always had a smile for everyone. He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences and sympathy to all of you.

  24. Sharon Ward on October 10th, 2012 11:46 am

    Phyllis and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Marcello Ortega on October 10th, 2012 11:47 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends. We did not know him personally but it’s always sad to lose a fellow tow truck driver. Certified Towing & Recovery Denver Colorado

  26. Joyce Morrow on October 10th, 2012 11:52 am

    phyllis so sorry for your loss you are in my prayer you and the family

  27. Dianne Pipkin Riddick on October 10th, 2012 12:18 pm

    I am saddened by the loss of Mr Sawyer. I remember as a young girl some 50 years ago my father always purchased gas from the station. After daddy died when I was 18 I still continued to purchase products and services from the station. Mr Sawyer was always kind a respectful. I know my father thought highly of him and so did I.
    My Condolences at his passing.
    Dianne Pipkin Riddick

  28. Willam Horace & Joyce Jordan Jr. on October 10th, 2012 1:04 pm

    Our prayers and deepest sympathies go outto the family.

    William and Joyce Jordan

  29. Dorrita White & Family on October 10th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. I remember Mr. Robert was so nice to me when I was a kid. I used to go to the station with my step dad Collie White.

  30. Rev.Andrew & Sheri Raynor on October 10th, 2012 6:10 pm

    I KNOW you all will MISS him, But we want you to know..WE will too !! He was a Great Man with a GREAT BIG Heart !!
    May GOD Bless you greatly in this time of sorrow!
    Andrew & SHeri Raynor
    Raynor Ministries

  31. J D and Pam Sanders on October 10th, 2012 7:03 pm

    Phyllis and Randy and the rest of the family:
    Sorry to hear of his passing but know that he is in a good place.

  32. Maryanne Shultz on October 10th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Phyllis, (Skeeter), I am sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May God bless you all.

  33. Gay Newbold on October 10th, 2012 8:02 pm

    Becky and Robin and Sawyer family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to you. God bless all of you during these hard days, and just know that your dad is in a much better place and he hurts no more.

  34. Michael Kurz on October 10th, 2012 8:40 pm

    My Prayers are with all of you!
    Having been Mr. Sawyer’s mailman at his work and home for quite a few years, I will miss seeing his smiling face!

  35. Jerry Banks on October 10th, 2012 9:22 pm

    I will alway remember my friend Robert. He gave so much to so many. Served His Country,His Comunity,His Family & was a person who incouraged and uplifted everyone with whom he came in contact. My Prayers & thoughts are with the Family and all who loved the wonderful man.
    God Bless,

  36. Kay Acurio on October 10th, 2012 10:29 pm

    Thinking of all of you during this sad time. Cherish all those wonderful memories forever. Sending love and prayers. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  37. J.C. Outlaw on October 11th, 2012 1:16 am

    Having known Robert for many years, he will be missed. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. With my heart felt sympathy, J.C. Outlaw & family.

  38. BILL AND PAT DAVIS on October 11th, 2012 11:54 am


  39. sarah kenyon and murl tackett on October 11th, 2012 12:46 pm

    Phyllis,so sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.Sarah and Murl

  40. Mary AND LYNN WILLIAMS AND FAMILY on October 11th, 2012 2:27 pm


  41. Bobby & Darlene Russell on October 12th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

  42. Ruth Ellen (Perry) McCulloch on October 12th, 2012 7:53 pm

    Your Father was such a kind, generous man. I knew he and your Mother in the 50’s and they were always so nice to me! We spent lots of time at the Maple Drag Strip! When I would come home from Texas to visit, I would always try to go by and say hello to them. Robert did many nice things for my Mother & Father before they passed away. I will always treasure my memories of your Mother and Father. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  43. Wooten Family (Jenny, Jr. and Julie) on October 12th, 2012 9:02 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss and we are praying for you all in your time of sorrow.. Ms. Phyllis, I can still remember you coming in every morning checking on my daddy when he was in the hospital.. I was always glad to see your smiling face, and I know daddy was too. We will keep you in our prayers and if there is ever anything that I can do, even go to the store, please don’t hesitate to call me 252-331-3753.. Love, Julie and family

  44. debbie twiddy on October 16th, 2012 5:10 pm

    I have been out of town and just heard about mr roberts passing yesterday. I am so very sorry. I have known him practically my whole life. Just sat on his bench and had a nice conversation about a month ago. He was a blessing to all who knew him. I miss him already. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  45. Buddy and Ruth Cheeks on November 1st, 2012 8:34 pm

    You and your family are in our prayers. He will be misses.

  46. Lillie Ballance on November 26th, 2012 11:28 am

    I am very sorry to here of Mr. Sawyers death. He was a great man and a very kind friend to me and My dad( Vernon Hudson Sr.) May god give comfort to the family .

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