Shirley Sawyer, age 81, a resident of Chelsey Park Health and Rehabilitation, passed away on September 27, 2016, following complications from Parkinson’s disease. She is survived by her three children, Dennis Sawyer of Arlington, VA, Rhonda Sawyer Kimbrell of Dawsonville, GA, and Barry Sawyer of Oakland, TN, five grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. Shirley graduated from Roosevelt High School in Atlanta, GA. She worked for Southern Railways in the early 1960s before leaving to raise her three children. She rejoined the workforce as a school secretary in DeKalb County and later moved to Arkwright Insurance where she retired after more than ten years of service. Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Adderson A. Sawyer, Jr., in 2014. The couple enjoyed their retirement years in The Villages, FL. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, (770) 277-4550. Express condolences at

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  1. Thanks to all for loving Mom as much as we do. She would do anything for her kids and always found joy in helping others. I know it wore heavy on her heart when she wasn’t able to minister to others with a home cooked meal or stopping by to just say hello and see if you needed anything. I gladly accept these spiritual gifts from my Mom and will have fond memories of her when “I do unto others as I would have them do unto me.” Thank you for your warm words, care and support during this time. May God bless each of you and your family.

  2. A Beautiful and Sweet Lady
    May you now Rest In Peace!!
    Love and Prayers
    Dorothy Brady Knight and Family.

  3. So very sorry for your loss. I have you all in my prayers. May God comfort and keep you all strong. Your mom was a very special special lady. God rest her soul comfortably in the arms of of our Almighty God.

  4. I recall many great times with My Aunt Shirley, and will miss her greatly but am proud to have beautiful memories with her.My family went to her, and my Uncle Addersons house, ate delicious food, as she was an excellent cook.When I was a grown woman she surprised me with a birthday cake.She loved me very much as I loved her.I enjoyed spending the night at their house also.She was a beautiful lady, She was so good at always sending cards for birthdays, and Christmas..

  5. Soo sorry for your loss, but she’s in heaven. She was always so precious to us. We love you all. God bless and keep you!

  6. Hey Dennis:
    I would love to give my condolences in person, but unfortunately I am teaching a cram course all weekend. I lost my Mom
    Last November, so I do feel your pain. Regardless when they leave us, they leave a place in our heart no one can fill. You have my deepest sympathy my friend!

  7. To Shirley’s Family: you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am a friend of Shirley since we worked at Arkwright over 20 years ago. Always kept in contact with Shirley by writing letters and recently by phone calls. Such a sweet lady and she will be dearly missed. I am glad she is back with Adderson as I know she really missed him a lot. Rest In Peace Shirley. And my Deepest Sympathy to the Sawyer Families.
    Jeanne Carver

  8. Condolences to all. I came across this poem by Rhonda Baker many years ago and share it often.

    Her Journey’s Just Begun

    Don’t think of her as gone away~
    her journey’s just begun~~
    life holds so many facets~
    this earth is only one~~

    Just think of her as resting~
    from the sorrow, pain and tears~~
    in a place of warmth and comfort~
    where there are no days and years~~

    Think how she must be wishing~
    that we could know today~~
    how nothing but our sadness~
    can really pass away~~

    And think of her as living~
    in the hearts of those she touched~~
    for nothing loved is ever lost~
    and she was loved so much~~

  9. Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Dennis, Rhonda and Barry.
    We all loved Shirley and know she will be missed. We know she is in a better place now.
    With all our love, Eddie Lewis, Mary, and family.

  10. We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Shirley, she was a very kind and generous woman. We are thankful for the get togethers with all the family and the close bond that she shared with our Mom.
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, with much love, Chris and Karen Lewis.

  11. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Shirley. She was a constant in reuniting family that is spread so far apart. I always enjoyed attending family events and miss that in my life. Aunt Shirley always remembered my birthday and other special times in my life. Although we all know this time comes for each of us, it does not make the loss any less painful. My thoughts and prayers are with each of the individuals who came to know and love her as the very special, sincere person that she was.

    Our condolences,

    The Carroll Family

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