Funeral service for Mrs. Olene Watson Sawyer, 98, will be held Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Everett officiating. Interment will follow in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Family will receive friends today (Thursday) from 5 until 7 p.m.
Mrs. Sawyer was born August 2, 1913 in Bernice to Lester and Evvie Watson and passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Bossier City.
She was the oldest of seven children. Mrs. Sawyer moved to Springhill during the mid 1930's and was the oldest active member of Central Baptist Church at the time of her death.
During her life in Springhill, she was involved in business and civic groups in the community. Mrs. Sawyer enjoyed cooking and sharing many delicious meals with family and friends. She was healthy and active and her mind and memory remained sharp until illness approximately two months prior to her death. Mrs. Sawyer always said "rocking chairs are the downfall of older people."
She is survived by her son, Jerry Sawyer of Lake Erling, Arkansas; daughter, Sandra Hamil and husband, Wray of Sugar Land, Texas; grandchildren, David Sawyer and wife, Leslie of Aliso Viejo, California and Greg Starks and wife, Rona of Sugar Land, Texas; great-grandchildren, Shay Sawyer, Lindsay Sawyer and Courtney Starks; sister, Jimmie Swackhammer of Fort Worth, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sawyer was married to her husband, Shay Sawyer for 53 years until his death in 1990. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kay Sawyer and her siblings, Myrtle Tubbs, W.C. Watson, G.W. Watson, Virginia Pollard and Martha Noe.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Colley, Robert Colley, Jerry Stephens, Dr. Wayne McMahen, Ron Aycock and James Colvin.
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