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Rev. Gerald F. Sawyer

Rev. Gerald F. Sawyer, 79, of Ovett, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday March 16, 2021, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was born Tuesday, November 4, 1941 in Amory, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Antioch United Pentecostal Church in Laurel, Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Antioch United Pentecostal Church with burial to follow in Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Bro. Mike Dutton will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel is in charge of arrangements. (601) 649-3342.

Bro. Sawyer was pastor at Antioch United Pentecostal Church for 42 years. He was our beloved pastor, but he was also our friend. He loved his church and family more than life itself. His passion was Missions. He has built at least 380 churches on foreign soil. His last request was to build one more church. He did just that. On one of his last days, we mailed a check for that one last church. He didn’t want his burden for missions to die.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norine L. Sawyer, first wife, Linda Sawyer; parents, George and Mary Sawyer; son, Brad Boone; brother, Thomas Sawyer.

Survivors include children, Brent Sawyer (Lynn), Mitch Boone (Camille), Jim Boone, Kathy Johnson (Rick), Corie Denning (Rich); daughter in-law, Anna Boone; 14- grandchildren; 23- great grandchildren; 1-great great grandchild; sister, Ann MacKenzie (George); brothers, Jerry Sawyer (Brenda), Butch Sawyer (Joan), Garry Sawyer, John Sawyer (Pat), and Steve Sawyer and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ben Wilson, Stanley Wilson, Perry Craft, Jordan Breland, David Speed, and Mike Ainsworth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Hargrove, Cliff Davis, Dale Wilson, and James Wade.

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Rev. Gerald F. Sawyer
November 4, 1941 - March 16, 2021




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