Asa Elwood ‘Dickey’ Sawyer, 84, retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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Asa Elwood ‘Dickey’ Sawyer, 84, died peacefully at his home while under hospice care Monday, March 6, 2017. He was born and raised in the old Brambleton section of Norfolk. He was the son of the late Clyde K. and Beulah Williams Sawyer.

He attended the public schools of Norfolk. He retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a machinist supervisor. Mr. Sawyer served in the Korean War while in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was the commander of Post 204 of the American Legion. He was also a past Grand Chef de Gare of the 40 et 8. He was a Master Mason of Kempsville Lodge No. 196.

He is survived by his daughter, Terri Sawyer of Norfolk, Va., and her partner, Cheryl; three sons, Rick Sawyer of Virginia Beach, Va., Charles Sawyer, and his wife, Shari Schemmel, of Big Pine Key and Steven Sawyer, and his wife, Karen, of Suffolk, Va.; four grandchildren, Ricky, Chas, Meghan and Miles; and four great-grandchildren, Elena, Genevieve, Avery and Asa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina; three sisters, Millicent ‘Boots’ Brown, Audrey Edney and Thalia Datie’ Saunders; two brothers, Maurice Sawyer and Edward Sawyer; and grandson, Marshall Sawyer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel. He will be interred in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk at a later date.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Sentara Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.