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Raymond Cecil Sawyer


July 23, 2018

Raymond Cecil Sawyer

Raymond Cecil Sawyer, 92, died July 14, 2018 in Brevard.

He was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., to the late Delia and George Sawyer.

He is survived by his children, David Sawyer, of Apex, N.C., Paul Sawyer (Denise), of Brevard, Elizabeth Harrod (Ron), of Cary, N.C., and Amy Sawyer (Teri), of Wake Forest, N.C .; grandchildren, Nathaniel (Kristen) Sawyer, Samuel Sawyer, Jonathan Sawyer, Benjamin Sawyer, Paul Sawyer, and Rebekah Holt (Philip); and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Ida Liskey Sawyer.

He spent his childhood in Shawboro, N.C., and in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After his service in World War II, serving with the United States Army 86th Division in Europe and Asia from 1945-46, he graduated with a degree in architecture from N.C. State College.

During his third year, he brought recognition to the fledging School of Design by winning the Erickson Prize and the American Society of Beaux Arts first medal. He subsequently worked for several architects with whom he shared his interest in the modernist movement.

He also had his own private practice, which reflected this flair in homes and other commissions. Later in his career, he worked as an architect for the State of North Carolina Medical Care Commission.

He was passionate about gardening, and was in the Raleigh bonsai and orchid societies. He loved classical music, and volunteered with N.C. State's Friends of the College.

His family cherishes memories of his kindness, patience and unconditional love. The family extends their appreciation to the caregivers in his later years.

There will be a graveside service Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., in Raleigh.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.


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