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

    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. Kim Outlaw Paul and Michael Paul

    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

  3. Alvin and Bonnie

    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

  4. Naomi Hall

    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

  5. Bessie Reid Ward

    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

  6. Lisa Nixon Quinn/ Jack Quinn

    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



  8. Kathy and Ray Firestone

    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.

  9. Holly Green

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

  10. Cindy Gibbs

    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.

  11. Jonna Clark

    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.

  12. Ike and Pamela Berry

    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

  13. Judd & Janie White

    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

  14. Wendy Bray White

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

  15. Karen S Jackson

    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.

  16. June and Larry Melvin

    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.

  17. Helen Jennings Midgett

    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.

  18. Linda B Thompson

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

  19. Phillip Jernigan

    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.

  20. Mary Ann Aydlett

    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.

  21. Marcello Ortega

    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

  22. Dianne Pipkin Riddick

    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

  23. Willam Horace & Joyce Jordan Jr.

    Our prayers and deepest sympathies go outto the family.

    William and Joyce Jordan

  24. Dorrita White & Family

    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.

  25. Rev.Andrew & Sheri Raynor

    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

  26. J D and Pam Sanders

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

  27. Maryanne Shultz

    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.

  28. Gay Newbold

    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.

  29. Michael Kurz

    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!

  30. Jerry Banks

    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,

  31. Kay Acurio

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

  32. J.C. Outlaw

    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.

  33. sarah kenyon and murl tackett

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



  35. Ruth Ellen (Perry) McCulloch

    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.

  36. Wooten Family (Jenny, Jr. and Julie)

    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

  37. debbie twiddy

    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.

  38. Lillie Ballance

    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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