Cornelius Sawyer died last Wednesday. He would have been 96 in June. He was honored and remembered by the church he served and where his son, Donald, is now pastor – St. Peters Holiness Church – on Tuesday of this week.
Reverend Sawyer is survived by his wife, Margaret, four sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren, and other family members.
Long-time Wieucans will remember Cornelius Sawyer. Not only did he have a church to lead and shepherd, he also served as the custodian for the Activities Building at Wieuca. He was a friend and mentor to a young guy trying to figure out what God was up to in his life. He was a man to respect and to listen to. He had an infectious laugh and keen wit. He was wise and godly.
Two of his sons, Donald and Lamar, came to see me this week to tell me about their father’s death. We laughed, hugged and talked about old times. We played a lot of ball together. Lamar was tall and rangy. Donald was a shifty little left-hander who had the strangest shot you’ve ever seen.
Cornelius was good for our community. He had a dignity about him that always impressed me. The Power of One … I’m grateful for the privilege of knowing such a man .. a man who influenced my life in such a positive way.