|The Rev. Levi Milton (Tom) Sawyer, a retired minister of the Louisiana Conference, who resided at Minden, La., passed away on January 31, 1972, following a lengthy illness. He was 71 years of age.
Brother Sawyer was born at Oriental, North Carolina, on May 9, 1900, and spent most of his life in North Carolina.
He was inducted into the United States Army on October 8, 1918, at Durham, North Carolina, and was honorably discharged on December 7, 1918, because of demobilization.
He enlisted in the Navy at Newport News, Virginia, as a Ship Fitter Third Class on September 11, 1942, and was honorably discharged at Fort Pierce, Florida, on April 24, 1945.
He was married to Anne Bowles of Clinton, La., on June 10, 1945.
He was ordained a minister in the Louisiana Annual Conference in June, 1947, and held pastorates in Louisiana for 17-1/2 years until his retirement in 1965. His pastorates included Ebenezer, Lake Charles District; Sibley, Athens, and Simsboro, Ruston District; and Epps, Monroe District. Since his retirement he was actively associated with Lakeview Church in Minden.
In spite of the sacrifice that was involved, he gave his whole life to God through the pastoral ministry at the age of 45. He entered the ministry because of his love for God and love for souls. He preached to witness to Jesus Christ and to let the light of Christ shine to others. He had a special warmth about his speech that immediately caught your attention.
His main concern in life was not in getting, but in giving. He gave himself to love to his fellow man, and left behind a shining example for all to follow. Perhaps our memory of him can best be summed up in one of his recent statements, “I served in the army in World War I and in the navy in World War II. Since that time I have been a soldier of the cross and have taken my orders only from Jesus Christ.
He is keenly missed because he was dearly loved.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1972; p. 141 By Louis M. Coppage|