Alice R. Sawyer

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alice R. Sawyer, 84, Brazil, died at 9:10 a.m., at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born July 28, 1926, in Clay County the daughter of Charles W. Parr and Caroline Bauman Parr. She graduated from Van Buren High School, Class of 1944. On June 10, 1945, she married Robert Sawyer and they raised their family in Clay County.

Alice worked for more than 30 years for the J.C. Penney store in Brazil. She and her husband also operated Metz's Lunch for a number of years.

Alice was a member of the Peniel United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the OES, Carbon Chapter, Lifetime member of the American Legion Post No. 2 Auxiliary, VFW No. 1127 Auxiliary. She also was a volunteer for the Food Pantry. She enjoyed quilting and passing on the quilts to her family.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Larry McGranahan, Dixon, Tenn., son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Jill Sawyer, Brazil, grandchildren John McGranahan (Kay), Jeffrey McGranahan (Susan), Jamen McGranahan (Leeann), Christopher Sawyer (Melissa), Scott Sawyer (Shavawn), Becky Kohler, and Beth Mount, great-grandchildren Lexi McGranahan, Makayla McGranahan, Allyssa McGranahan, Landon McGranahan, Mia McGranahan, Ainsley Sawyer, Cayden Sawyer, Reed Sawyer, Tyler Kohler, Breanna Kohler, Bryson Kohler, Madison Kohler, Trayton Kohler and Andraya Mount, brother-in-law Larry Sawyer, sister-in-law Mary Hunt, several nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Sawyer in 2002, great-grandson, Ian McGranahan, siblings Florence James, Hazel Foreman, Dorothy Harrison, Emerson Parr, Harold Parr, Calvin Parr and Orris Parr.

Services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Rev. Richard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m., with military walk through at 6:30 and Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m.

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Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Peniel United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.