05/18/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Sawyer

William Caleb Sawyer
(18 Feb 1939 -  16 May 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1957


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news today. 

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of VA - 05/18/06 - "NNHS Class of 1957":

Hi, Carol:
Some sad news. Since you have access to The Daily Press, this is just a heads up.
William C. Sawyer (Bill) died on Tuesday, May 16th.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Friday, May 19th at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, Virginia.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 29th at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Our prayers go out to the Sawyer family.

   Oh, my.  Thank you so much, Joe.  I had not yet read the obituaries today, so I had missed this.

   Of his large family, I believe I knew only two of his younger sisters,    Mary Beth, who is a member of the Class of 1963, and Cindy, who was a member of the Class of 1968.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to his entire family and friends.


From the Daily Press - 05/18/06:

     William Caleb Sawyer


NEWPORT NEWS - Mr. William Caleb Sawyer, 67, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Mr. Sawyer was born in Newport News on Feb. 18, 1939. He attended Newport News Public Schools and was a graduate of Newport News High School Class of 1957. He also graduated from Lewis Hotel Training School in Washington, D.C., in 1958. Mr. Sawyer was a longtime Peninsula Real Estate Broker and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an Officer Candidate Drill Instructor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle Haley Sawyer and James Basil Sawyer Sr.; a brother, James B. Sawyer Jr.; and two sisters, June S. Hewitt and Cindy S. Wren. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Julia 'Judy' Sawyer; son, James Bryon 'Buz' Sawyer; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Terry Fletcher; and beloved grandson, William Basil. He is also survived by three sisters, Kay S. Jones, Judy S. Shoemaker and Mary Beth S. Humes; and two brothers, S. Thomas Sawyer and Robert Byron Sawyer of Corpus Christi, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by the Rev. Paul-Stephen Holt. The family wishes any expressions of sympathy to take the form of contributions to the Association of Retarded Citizens-Peninsula, ARC-P, 2520 58th St., Hampton, VA 23661.

Published in the Daily Press on 5/18/2006.
Guest Book
William Caleb Sawyer
Fall of 1956
I attended NNHS with Bill. We talked about twice a year, trying to get him to attend a class function. My thought and prayers are with his family.
Barbara Kemp Bostwick (Hertford, NC ) - May 18, 2006
Words can not express the sadness I have for all the Sawyer family. I have missed and treasure the memories.
Armand Blanchard (Kenner, LA ) - May 19, 2006
Please know our sympathy is with all of you during this trying time. Don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help in anyway.

May the Holy Spirit grant you comfort and peace.

Our deepest sympathy,
Clara and Jerry Rowe
Clara Rowe (Smithfield, VA ) - May 19, 2006
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Jennifer Hutchcraft
Abbitt Realty (Hampton, VA )
- May 19, 2006
Bill and I were good friends all the way through school. His dad has a hotel on West Avenue close to where I lived. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Barry Stutt (Spartanburg, SC )
bstutt@charter.net - May 19, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
The Brooks Family
Bonnie Lambert (Tampa, FL ) - May 19, 2006
To all of Bill's family, we offer our most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Bill was a friend and classmate of mine from NNHS. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Dot McDonald (Williamsburg, VA ) - May 19, 2006 
Dear Kay,
We are sorry to learn about your lost of Caleb. Just happened to read about it in the on-line edition of the Daily Press. We will have you and your famliy in our prayers


John and Sue Hopkins
John Hopkins (Wayne, PA ) - May 19, 2006 

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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