Sunday, June 16, 2013
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A. ERNEST SAWYER

A. Ernest Sawyer, 83 years old, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla. He was born on July 22, 1929, in Key West, Fla., to the late Leland and Mary Sawyer.

Ernest was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. Surviving are his wife, Zee Sawyer of Tallahassee, Fla.; son David Sawyer of Calhan, Colo.; daughters Debra Crockett of Naples, Fla., Pati Hachmann (Jon) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Tricia Thomas (Jamie) of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren Dave Sawyer, Scott Sawyer, Jan Garcia, Jenney Sawyer, James Sawyer, Kelli Crockett, David Crockett, Makenzie Thomas, Connor Thomas and Alexie Thomas; great-grandchildren Dakota Sawyer, Sierra Sawyer, MaKenna Sawyer, Micah Sawyer and Kendall Crockett; sisters Mary Russell, Florence Naves and Joan Adkins.

Ernest was preceded in death by parents Leland and Mary Sawyer and sister Lillian Berube.

He graduated from Key West High School in 1948 and began working in the family business with his father at the Sawyer's Paint and Cycle Shop on Eaton Street. Ernest then joined the Navy Reserve at Trumbo Point. In 1950 he went to work for the Overseas Road and Toll Bridge District as a tollkeeper. In 1951, he moved to Miami and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served through 1954. He then returned to Key West and started his 30-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. Being a dedicated and valued employee of the Postal Service, he was honored with several awards throughout his career. During his postal career he continued owning and operating Sawyer's Automotive Paint Store, originally Paint and Cycle. After retiring from the Postal Service he served 10 years as supervisor of security at Key West International Airport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Key West United Methodist Church, 600 Eaton St., Key West, Fla. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. until service time at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Key West Cemetery immediately following the service.

Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee 850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the Sawyer family.