Charles Robert Sawyer died peacefully on June 16, 2007, at his home in Cedar Park, near Austin, surrounded by loving family. He had battled melanoma for 15 months. Known for his selflessness, integrity, honesty, humor, loyalty, passionate love of family and unswerving faith, Robert touched the lives of countless friends, coworkers and students through his humble love and quiet strength.
Born on Oct. 31, 1936, in Waxahachie, “Bobby” excelled as an athlete at WHS and attended the University of Texas. He married Patricia Meadows Burk in 1962 and was father to three sons, Tommy, Scotty and Buzzy. He and Patricia made Waxahachie their home for 20 years.
A devoted family man, Robert enjoyed a 40-plus-year career as an insurance executive, overseeing marketing and underwriting departments for a number of companies, including Conseco, Continental General, Markman, States General and United Teacher Associates, among others. His work was ever characterized by his sensitive care toward co-workers, diligent work ethic, fierce integrity, creative flair and abundant humor. Without exception, Robert never allowed his work to come in the way of family.
Earlier this year, he and Patricia celebrated 45 years of marriage, and in 1995 Robert became a doting grandfather with the birth of Whitten, his son Buzzy’s daughter, who was soon followed by sisters Faith and Grace.
A book based on Robert’s relationship with his sons, “Earthly Fathers,” written by his son Scotty, was published in 2001.
Robert is survived by his wife, Patricia; son Scotty and his wife, Joy, of Denver; son Robert (Buzzy) and his wife, Cristal, and their daughters, Whitten, Faith and Grace, of Conroe; his sister, Jane Sawyer Jarratt, and her husband, Joe Jr., of Fort Worth.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, James William Sawyer and Edna Price Sawyer; his brother, William Dudley Sawyer; and his son, Thomas Witten Sawyer.
A memorial service to celebrate Robert’s life and legacy was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Cedar Park, Texas, in northwest greater Austin, at Church of the Hills (512-331-9559; www.churchofthehills.org).
A brief reception at the church followed.