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Virginia H. Sawyer

Published 6:28pm Saturday, September 7, 2013

Virginia H. Sawyer

Dec. 5, 1922 – Sept. 6, 2013

Mrs. Virginia Hopkins Sawyer, age 90, a resident of 760 Old Pamlico Beach Road West, Belhaven, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Ridgewood Nursing Center of Washington.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Pamlico Beach Community Cemetery at Ryder Hill officiated by Rev. Dean Fulford, Jr. Pallbearers will be Michael Hopkins, Montie Hopkins, Ronnie Hopkins, Larry Braddy, Toby Sawyer and Philmore Braddy. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Slade, Curtis Wayne Wilkins and Freddy Lee Hopkins.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven and other times at the home.

Mrs. Sawyer was born in Beaufort County on Dec. 5, 1922, daughter of the late Fred Howard Hopkins and the late Bertha Foster Hopkins. She married Raymond Ayden Sawyer who preceded her in death. Mrs. Sawyer was owner and operator of Sawyer’s Grocery Store in Pamlico Beach for 33 years. She was a member of Pamlico Beach Pentecostal Holiness Church and a member of her church’s ladies auxiliary.

Mrs. Sawyer is survived by two sons: Shelton “Howard” Sawyer and his wife Lynnette of Belhaven and Thomas Roland Sawyer of Port St. Johns, Fla.; a brother: Medford Hopkins and his wife Julia of Belhaven; a son-in-law Colin Bridgeman and his wife Anita of Belhaven; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sawyer was predeceased by a son: Millard Louis Sawyer; a daughter: Lora S. Bridgman and a grandson: Heath Merrit Bridgeman.

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Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Sawyer family.


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