Ronald Sawyer

Hamilton County

Ronald E. Sawyer, 69, of Chattanooga, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, March 23, 2013.A native of Norfolk, Va., Ron received his undergraduate degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., and earned a master's degree in history from Old Dominion University in his hometown of Norfolk. He served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a structural steel detailer for more than 40 years.A man of deep spiritual faith, Ron helped many others grow in their own faith through his eloquence in speaking of God's grace and by living an exemplary life of a devoted Christian. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. The New York Yankees, the city of NewYork, and his beloved Maxi held special places in his heart.He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth Sawyer; and one brother, Richard Sawyer.He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan Spears Sawyer, of Chattanooga; his children and their families, son Matthew Sawyer, of Raleigh, N.C., son Duane Sawyer, Elizabeth City, N.C., daughter Kimberly Dempsey, of Virginia Beach, Va., son Ronald Henley, of Va.; stepdaughter Ashleigh Petet, of Ringgold, Ga.; and sister-in-law Marsha Sawyer of Chesapeake, Va.The family will receive friends today, March 25, from 4-7 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home-North Chapel, and from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at

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