Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors

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Deborah Gail Sawyer

May 6, 1957September 1, 2020

Deborah Gail Sawyer, age 63 went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness on September 1st, 2020. Debbie was born May 6th, 1957 to the late Edna and Leon Sawyer Sr. Her birth mother, on the day Debbie was born, sustained complications from the birth, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Debbie was then brought home by her aunt and uncle Jennie and James Sawyer, who would later adopt Debbie to love as their very own. Debbie is preceded in death by her birth mother and father Edna and Leon Sawyer Sr, her adoptive parents Jennie and James Sawyer, and nephew Jonathan Sawyer. Survivors include her brother Leon Sawyer Jr, (Rachel Marilyn), nephew Christopher Sawyer and other extended family and friends.

Debbie worked for an extended time for Am South Bank, FBI's Birmingham office, then for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Debbie enjoyed watching Golden Girls and murder mysteries on TV as a pastime.

Debbie's funeral Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Friday Sept. 4th, 2020 at 10:00 am. Father Jon Chalmer will officiate. Visitation prior to the funeral Mass will not be allowed due the Covid pandemic.

Graveside Services will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the care team at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church who cared for Debbie "Unconditionally" during her long illness.


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020

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