Stephen D. Sawyers, 57, of Brazil, died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in his residence. He had lived west of Brazil for the past 10 years. He had been in ill health for some time.
Born in Vigo County on July 25, 1946, he was the son of William D. Sawyers Sr., and Telma Ercell Lord Sawyers.
He was a graduate of Gerstmeyer High School, Class of 1964.
A line splicer for GTE and Verizon, he retired in 2000 after working 30 years with the utilities. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1965-1969.
Memberships included American Legion Post 2, the Brazil Eagles Lodge Aerie 274 and Moose Lodge 780.
His father preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Peguero Sawyers, whom he married Feb. 14, 1969, in Merced, Calif.; a daughter, Jennifer Sawyers, of Brazil; a son, Michael Sawyers and his wife, Qian Li, of Antioch, Calif.; his mother, Thelma E. Odom, of Deer Park, Ala.; a brother, William D. Sawyers Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Terre Haute; two grandchildren, Elyssa Buck and Austin Sabla, of Terre Haute; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
To comply with his wishes, cremation will take place. Miller Memorial Chapel assisted with arrangements.
Memorial services will be Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 4950 E. Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, with the Rev. Ric May officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 3900 S. Seventh St., Terre Haute, IN 47802.