Lois Perry Sawyer

June 30, 1932 - January 27, 2024

06/30/1932 - 01/27/2024

Past Services

Friday February 02, 2024
11:00 am
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
424 W. Church St.
Ahoskie, NC 27910

WILMIINGTON, NC – Lois Perry Sawyer, formally of Ahoskie, NC, died Saturday, January 27th at the age of 91 in her home at Trinity Landing in Wilmington, North Carolina. Born in Windsor, N.C. in 1932, she was the first daughter of John Cooper Perry and Lois Spruill Perry.
She was a graduate of Saint Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.

Lois made her debut at the North Carolina Debutante Ball in 1951. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. Lois dedicated much of her life to Saint Mary’s School as an active alumna spending much time on campus visiting her daughter and granddaughter during their time as students. It was at Saint Mary’s where she made many life long friends.

Lois married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. Charles Judson Sawyer III in 1956. Their children are Katherine Sawyer Mann and Charles Judson Sawyer IV. Their beloved grandchildren are Samuel Austin Mann Jr., Charles Bonner Mann, and Mary Ashburn Mann.

Lois enjoyed teaching, traveling, gardening, church work, and especially her family and friends. Lois spent her early adulthood teaching the 6th grade. She was a devout Episcopalian serving many roles in her church, St. Thomas Ahoskie, including alter guild and garden guild. She was known for her sharp mind, caramel cake, and love of reading or, most recently, playing Wordle. Lois’ happy place was at the beach with her grandchildren or watching Carolina Basketball.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Frances Perry Peel and her husband, William Robert Peel, her son-in-law Samuel Austin Mann and sister-in-law Katherine Sawyer Ward.

She is survived by her husband, her children and grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Lois’ memorial service will be held on Friday, February 2nd, 2024, at 11 am, at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church followed by a burial in the Ashes Garden. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall. All are invited.

Memorials may be made directly to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 263, Ahoskie, North Carolina 27910 or online by clicking here; or directly to St. Mary’s School, 900 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie is assisting the Sawyer family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Tricia (Patricia Newsome) Horne
12 days ago

Dr. Sawyer and family, Ed and I are thinking about and praying for your family. You both were such an asset to the Ahoskie community for decades!! I remember when you first moved to Ahoskie & were our neighbors. I enjoyed babysitting for Kathy & Judson!! It was a delight for us to see you & Mrs Sawyer various times in Ahoskie, Charlotte & Winston Salem. I’m glad Ed got to know you both as well!!

Donna Dunlow
20 days ago

Dr.Sawyer the Newbern family is sorry for your loss and will continue to pray your comfort. Sure do miss your concern for your patients and will never forget your family, much love and respect for you. Donna N Dunlow

Nancy Coley
20 days ago

Dr. Sawyer, Kathy, Judd, Austin, Charlie, Mary Ashburn
My heart breaks for you all, Miss Lois was such a see person. You all made me feel like family, especially at Christmas. Sending big hugs and love!
Love you all

Hannah Brownlow
21 days ago

Dr. Sawyer and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mrs. Sawyer’s beautiful smile and her love and dedication to her grandchildren. Prayers for your family during this time.

Jewel Newsome
22 days ago

Dr Sawyer and family, So sorry to hear about Mrs. Sawyer.She always was a sweet and kind person.The Harrell family will be. praying for your family.

Jane Sharp Prichard
22 days ago

Dear Sawyer family, So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I know she will be missed by many.

Edith ,Jack Williford. Windsor nc
23 days ago

Dr. Sawyer,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Mrs. Sawyer was a great person.
Always kind to everyone and a smile for all.
Our prayers are with you at this time.
We love you.❤️❤️

Nancy Burden
23 days ago

Dr. Sawyer, I am so very sorry for your loss. There aren’t enough kind words in this world to describe Mrs. Sawyer. She always had a smile for everyone. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. -Nancy Burden (Boyd)

Paul Wilkes
23 days ago

Her grace, her interior and external beauty radiated in her last days at Trinity Landing. That beautiful smile never faded. She inspired us all.

Gail & Allen Holloman
23 days ago

Mrs. Sawyer was a lovely lady. I enjoyed chatting her, loved her smile & twinkle in her eyes. Sorry for your loss.