Coleman H. Sawyer, Jr., of Cleveland, Tennessee, died on September 19, 2021.
He grew up in Franklin and graduated from the Battle Ground Academy. He began his college career at Vanderbilt before joining the US Air Force and touring Okinawa, Japan. In the Air Force, he was part of a six-person team preparing to drop the atomic bomb in Korea, if necessary. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Tennessee and then worked for Hardwick Stove Company in Cleveland, where he served on the board of directors, and retired as vice president of manufacturing after 28 years old. Coleman was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church and served on numerous community and Christian organizations, including several terms on the board of directors of the Cleveland Family YMCA.
He is predeceased by his parents, Herman and Ruth Sawyer, and his sister, Barbara Sawyer Morris.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Jeanne Harshbarger Sawyer, and their children, Cole (and Shelley) Sawyer and their children Adair and Samuel; David (and MÃ©lanie) Sawyer; Laura (and Wesley) Pitman and their children Sloane (Eric) Zupon, Arden (Mitchell) Meek and Joseph (Erin) Pitman; their great-grandchildren Amara Zupon, Ace Pitman and David Meek; Sister Mary Sawyer Kaneko von Posch and Brother J Tom Sawyer, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, with a private family service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Broad St. UMC or Habitat for Humanity.