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08/23/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Esteva Newbill Sawyer

Esteva Newbill Sawyer
(20 Sept 1924 - 20 Aug 2017)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news today.
Esteva Newbill Sawyer, Class of @ 1941, wife of Buzz Sawyer ('@ 41) of VA, passed away at Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton on Sunday, August 20, 2017, one month before her 93rd birthday.  

From the Daily Press - 08/23/17:

                 Esteva Newbill Sawyer



HAMPTON - Esteva Newbill Sawyer, age 92, died peacefully on August 20, 2017, at Northampton Convalescent Center. Esteva was born in Newport News, VA on September 20, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Olympia Newbill and five sisters.

She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Thomas Paul "Buzz" Sawyer, three children and spouses, Tom and Linda Sawyer, Kathy and Richard Brandt, and Donald Sawyer; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Newport News High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Paul Sawyer and enjoyed more than 70 years as a wife and mother.

Esteva's love of family and friends was known to all as she sacrificed her time and energy as a caretaker, member of Wythe Women's Club, choir member, water aerobics and domino player. She touched the lives of many and will leave an indelible mark on those who were fortunate to be part of her life.





The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Marilyn Jones who was steadfast in providing love and comfort and to the staff at the Devonshire and Northampton Convalescent Center. Throughout her stay, staff members provided an uplifting smile and helping hand.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 151 Wythe Parkway, Hampton with a funeral service immediately following at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, VA. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on August 23, 2017.
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August 23, 2017

Mr. Sawyer and family, so very sorry about your loss of Mrs. Sawyer. Such a wonderful women and I was so happy to have known her. My sincere condolences to all.

August 23, 2017
My husband Tom and I had such a wonderful visit a few weeks ago with Esteva, and were able to reminisce about so many happy memories! We also enjoyed bringing her Frosty's from Wendy's, and played some old music for her. She particularly liked "I'll Fly Away". She has always been very dear and special to me! My condolences to all her beautiful Family!

JoAnn Spencer, Murphy, North Carolina

August 24, 2017


August 24, 2017



August 24, 2017
   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Sawyer's family and friends at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
We'll Always Have

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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