J. L. Sawyer
Jamie L. Sawyer, age 92 went to be with his Lord on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Bellwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Temple on Saturday, June 23 at 10 AM at the Bellwood Pavilion with Pastor Grayson Albers officiating.
Jamie was born January 4, 1926 to Logan E. Sawyer and Ida Mae Hall Sawyer in Beaumont, Texas.
As a young man of 19 he was brought to faith by M.A. McCombs, owner of the Victory Café in Smithville, Texas. His parents and sister went to his baptism at the First Baptist Church of Smithville & they all began going to church and subsequently came to a saving faith.
Jamie grew up during the depression and after high school graduation in 1944 he found he was too underweight to join any branch of the military, so he worked at Camp Swift in Bastrop until war efforts ended. He then hired out as a fireman with the Katy Railroad in Smithville, Texas in 1945 but moved to Temple in 1946 to work for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He began during the steam locomotive days and when engines went to diesel he was often laid off for weeks at a time. During those times he learned many trades: electrical and air conditioning to name a few. As he gained seniority he worked fulltime and became a locomotive engineer. Jamie loved railroading and retired after 44 years and 3 months.
He married Doris Elaine Schurman on December 18, 1948 in Marlin, Texas. He lived in Temple all his married life and was a member of Immanuel Luther Church from 1951 until his passing.
Doris & Jamie loved Belton Lake and in 1954 he completed a fiberglass boat kit. It was a beautiful ski boat. Later he designed and built himself a fishing boat. He made additions to their house and even made a bomb shelter under the house in the 1950’s.
Jamie was a hard-working man, honest and also particular that it “got done right.” He took care of much of the maintenance work at his church, especially the air conditioning and heating equipment for 38 years. He was a wonderful help to his neighbors especially the widows. If his daughters called with a problem he could fix, he dropped everything to help them. He was also a big help to his grandchildren.
After retirement he & Doris traveled when they weren’t working in their yard or large garden.
Mr. Sawyer was preceded in death by his wife, Doris and one son, Gerald Logan; his sister, Margaret Sawyer Foster as well as his parents.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Sandra Gail Sawyer Smithwick and husband Gary of Temple; Jeanette Susan Sawyer Johnson and husband Keith of Moody; granddaughters: Shari Smithwick Brown of Dallas and Shelly Smithwick Dobson of Temple; Amy Deiterman of Troy, Emily Johnson of Honey Grove, Christina Johnson of Austin, Robert Johnson of Austin and Kelly Johnson of Houston; and 6 great-grandchildren: Riley and Logan Dobson; Chase, Gavin & Katy Deiterman; and Emelia Proctor.
He & his family were blessed by his long and healthy life. We praise God for his salvation in Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, a donation can be made to Thru the Bible, P.O. Box 7100
Pasadena, CA 91109 or http://www.ttb.org
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with the arrangements.