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John Sawyer

John Thomas Sawyer

Sunday, April 1st, 1934 - Saturday, October 5th, 2019
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John Thomas “Tom” Sawyer, 85, of Shinnston Passed away October 5, 2019 surrounded by his family.
He was born April 1, 1934, the son of the late William F. Sawyer and the late Margaret Janette Morris Anderson.
John is survived by his wife Joyce Freeland Sawyer; Daughters Debbie Malone of Shinnston, Tammi Hanna (Aaron) of Enterprise, and Lisa Bauer (Thomas) of Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Jack Shenal of Mannington; Sister-in-law JoAnn Sawyer of Idaho; grandchildren, Danielle Malone Rinker (Jon) of Shinnston, Mandy Hanna Morgan (Jason) of Fairmont, Isaiah Hanna (Caitlin) of Fairmont, Thomas Bauer (Nicole) of England, Nash Bauer (Tracie) of Wisconsin; 4 great grandchildren and special nephew William “ Butch” Porter (Sue) of Mannington along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Charles C. Sawyer, William H. Sawyer; sister, Betty Shenal; Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-law Harry and Clara Mae Freeland, Richard and Virginia Wade, Son-in-Law Dannie Malone, Father-in-Law Harry B. Freeland, Mother-in-Law Mabel Freeland.
John was employed at Potter McCune Wholesale Company, O’donnell Mine #2 and Consol’s Robinson Run Mine #95 for 37 years. He was a member of UMWA Local 1501, and a former volunteer for the Lord’s Pantry. He was a member and past deacon at Coon’s Run Baptist Church, Adamsville. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.
Friends and family will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston on Tuesday October 8, 2019 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM with a funeral service conducted on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Darren Alkire, Pastor Sherman Goodwin and Pastor Max Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at West Virginia National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions should go to The Lords Pantry at 77 Church Court, Shinnston, WV 26431 or WVU Medicine Hospice at 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Harmer Funeral Home
    300 Pike Street
    Shinnston, WV 26431
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Harmer Funeral Home
    300 Pike Street
    Shinnston, WV 26431
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Sandra Haggerty

Posted at 01:09pm
Tom was a wonderful volunteer of The Lord's Pantry for many years before illness took over his and Joyce's lives. He was always available whenever needed - other than Thursdays. We treasured his friendship very much.

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