William Thomas ‘Tom’ Sawyer Jr., 88, found his niche as a carpenter

William Thomas ‘Tom’ Sawyer Jr.

WILMINGTON — William Thomas “Tom” Sawyer Jr., 88, peacefully passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

Tom was born April 1, 1933, in Wilmington, son of the late Wm. T. Sawyer and Theodosia Woodside Sawyer. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jared Sawyer.

Tom loved his family and his faith in Jesus Christ. He was kind, thoughtful and loving.

Tom was a carpenter. He met the love of his life, May. They were married in 1954. They spent 67 amazing years together. They raised their family and enjoyed their lives in Wilmington.

Tom is survived by his wife, May Leitch Sawyer; three sons, Michael Sawyer of Wilmington, Wendell Sawyer (Sherry) of Ohio and W. Randolph Sawyer (Becky) of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Jessica Sawyer of Wilmington, Caroline and Elisabeth Sawyer of Wilmington; step-grandson, Christopher; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathleen Barefoot, Margaret (Horace) Hardison and June Keel; brother, Ed (Mary Jane) Sawyer; and many nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 10, at Harbor Methodist Church, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington. In his memory, please wear Hawaiian shirts or crazy socks to the service. A private inurnment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s memory may be sent to May Sawyer to help offset any costs. If you know the family’s address, you are welcome to mail in contributions or donate via PayPal at becky.sawyer.74@gmail.com.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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