William Franklin Sawyer

Published 9:00 am Saturday, April 11, 2020

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William Franklin Sawyer, 85, of Elizabeth City died April 7, 2020 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. A native of Beaufort County, he was born February 14, 1935 to the late Victor Sawyer and Sidney Warren Sawyer and was the husband of the late Jean Louise Sawyer. He served his country honorably in the U. S. Army of Occupation in Germany as a cannoneer and after worked as a painter and drywall installer.

He is survived by daughter Alecia Farrell; step-children Lynda Morrisette-Lewis of  Zebulon, Robert Morrisette of  Currituck County and  James Morrisette of South Mills; grandchildren Ami Gosnell of Zebulon, Christopher Morrisette, Robert Morrisette III of  Lynchburg, Va., Wesley Lewis of Zebulon, Joshua Morrisette of  Norfolk, Va. and Sierra Morrisette of Colo.; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and siblings Llewelyn Twine and Rose Felton both of Elizabeth City. He was preceded in death by son Tommy Morrisette; grandchildren Tammy Oakley and Michael Morrisette; and siblings Theodore Sawyer, Mary Gibbs and Paul Sawyer.

Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is assisting the Sawyer family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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