James Lee Sawyer returned home to heaven to reunite with his parents and sisters on January 6th, 2021. James “Jim” Sawyer was born November 6th, 1948 to Frank and Darlene Sawyer. He also had three sisters: Sharon, Susan, and Rickie. Jim is survived by his nephew, Michael; his sister, Rickie; and his niece, Jennifer.
Jim was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, who served 3 tours in the Vietnam war. He is a medal recipient, receiving a Purple Heart and earning a Bronze Star for his bravery and fearlessness in the face of battle. He was also a Drill Instructor who was highly respected and esteemed, and he was known by his fellow Marines as a “Marine’s Marine”. Overall, he spent 12 years in service to the Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged. As a retired postman, he also worked for the United States Postal Service for many years.
Jim was a simple man who loved to fish, loved to watch football and boxing, and hang out with his friends. He was blessed with a quick wit, a quiet intelligence and unmatched loyalty to his Marines and his family and friends. If Jim were on your side, then you would have nothing to worry about as he would give everything he could to help you out. He was always good at making things ‘right’. There was no one better to have in your corner and these are the qualities that he had which made him special to everyone that got to know him.
Jim will be missed dearly by his brother Marines from the Combined Action Program: CAP, PAPA 2/4; A Marine Corps Counter-Insurgency Pacification Program. This is a unit of Marines with whom he shares a special bond based on loyalty and commitment. His close friends and family will always honor and miss him as well.