LEXINGTON, Ky. - Edgar Harold Sawyer, Jr., 92, of Lexington, KY, passed away on February 9, 2013 in Lexington, with his family by his side, and is now home with his Father. Harold was born on March 30, 1920 in Asheville, North Carolina, the oldest child of Edgar Harold Sawyer, Sr. (a World War I veteran and founding member of the First Church of Christ, Highland, Indiana) and Pearl Jones Sawyer. Harold grew up in Lexington and graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1938. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study engineering, but his academic career was interrupted by World War II. After the War, Harold finished his engineering degree at the University of KY, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1948. Harold served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was an Aircraft Technical Instructor deployed with the First Air Force primarily in the Pacific theater. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asia-Pacific Theater Medal (with Three Bronze Stars), the World War II Victory Medal and the Cold War Victory Medal for his service to his country. Harold was extremely proud of his military service, and remained and active supporter of military and veterans’ groups throughout his life. In 1949 and soon after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Forces Harold married Hazel Rose Wilson in Lexington at Broadway Christian Church. Shortly thereafter, Harold and Hazel moved to Highland, Indiana where Harold worked as a mechanical engineer for Amoco International Oil Company in Chicago (from 1949 until Harold retired in 1981) while Hazel was a homemaker. They raised their family of three sons in Highland and remained there until returning to Lexington in 1984. Hazel and Harold traveled extensively on assignment for Amoco, living in Egypt and Trinidad for extended periods of time before ending his work with Amoco (now BP Global) in Chicago. He was an avid carpenter, builder and handy-man who enjoyed working with his hands and building everything from house additions to antique wall clocks. Harold was an active and long time member of Broadway Christian Church (where he served as an Elder, Elder Emeritus and Sunday School teacher for over 25 years) and a member and teacher of the Auditorium Class. Harold helped start the First Church of Christ in Highland during his time in Indiana. Between his time in Indiana and KY, Harold faithfully served as an Elder and Bible teacher for over 65 years. Harold modeled a life of living to the Lord, and led his family spiritually. He built a strong family foundation for Hazel and their three sons, helping with Cub and Boy Scouts, school projects, and most importantly, church involvement for the boys. Harold led by example, and his relationship with Jesus was the cornerstone for his life. He was a man who read the Book, taught the Book, loved the Book and lived the Book. That passion for the Bible was passed on to his sons. He was a “one another” man who loved Jesus and loved others, a man with a servant heart who was more concerned about his family, friends and the folks he knew than he was himself. Every member of Harold’s family has made a decision to accept Jesus, and all owe a debt to Harold for modeling Christ to them. Harold fought for his family, always protecting his wife and sons, providing for them and taking responsibility for their spiritual and physical well-being. Harold was a devoted friend, dependable neighbor, leader, mentor and teacher. He was a wonderful father and faithful, devoted spouse. He modeled in all respects a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) to Hazel, his family and friends. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Harold was preceded in death by Hazel, his wife of 62 years, in 2011. He is survived by three sons: E. H. Sawyer, III (of Lexington); John Sawyer and his wife Brenda (Lexington), their two children Aaron Sawyer and his wife Natalie (Nashville, Tennessee) and Rachel Sawyer (Nashville, Tennessee); and his son Don Sawyer and his wife Kathy (Carmel, Indiana), and their two children Jeffery Sawyer and his wife Casey (Orange, Connecticut) and David Sawyer (Houston, Texas).
Harold is also survived by family member Sharon York (Lexington) and a number of cousins.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday February, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Craig Yates and Ernie Wayne Perry will be presiding.
Donations in Harold’s memory may be made to Broadway Christian Church (www.broadwaychristian.com) or Hospice of the Bluegrass (www.hospicebg.org).
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