Charles Sawyer

October 27, 1944June 1, 2019

Charles Douglas Sawyer, 74 of Oak Island, NC, passed away on June 1, 2019.

Mr. Sawyer was born October 27, 1944 to the late PY and Geneva Sawyer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Tommy Sawyer.

Mr. Sawyer will be remembered for his love of fishing which brought him to Oak Island for retirement; his generosity to others, and his ability to build anything. Charles was always busy helping others. He built many houses and gave away many of his woodworking projects to friends and neighbors. Charles worked as a pressman for 45 years for the Durham Herald Sun and Raleigh News and Observer. He attended First Baptist Church of Oak Island.

Survivors include his wife Arcell Sawyer; a daughter Kelly Thrower and husband Scott; a son Shea Sawyer and wife Denise; three grandchildren, Ashley Sawyer, Michael Sawyer, and Kristin Thrower; two sisters, Carolyn Oakley and Larue Borland; a brother, PY Sawyer; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8007 East Hyco Road Virgilina, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Charles Sawyer to the Duke Cancer Institute to support research for metastatic brain cancer research. Checks may be written to the Duke Cancer Institute and contributions mailed to the following address: Duke Cancer Institute, 710 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019


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Marla Lindley

June 15, 2019

Praying for you and your family during this most difficult time.
I remember when I met Charles for the first time--up on your farm in Virginia when "Rudy" (my toy poodle) and I came to visit for some R & R. What a great time we all had that weekend! Charles was a marvelous host and solely devoted to you. He was the epitome of a "True Southern Gentleman"-- May he rest in peace, in The Hand of the Father Above.

--Thoughtfully yours,
Marla Lindley

Victoria Rodriguez

June 6, 2019

I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of our American father Charles. Please accept my condolences and may my prayers help comfort you.
I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest.
Victoria Rodríguez

Robin Faust

June 5, 2019

Uncle Charles was one of the smartest men I have ever known. I had the pleasure of working with him and uncle Ron at News and Observer. I learned how serious he could be and also how silly he could be. One of the best baby showers I have ever had was given by the men of publishing department. I am glad I got to spend that time getting to know Charles not just as my uncle but as a very respectful hard working and loving man. He will forever be missed by many many friends and family.

Michelle Champ

June 5, 2019

Aunt Arcell,
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Charles. He was one of the sweetest men I've ever known. I have so many fun memories of spending time with him during my childhood. The world feels a little empty without his huge heart out there. I'll miss him.

Elena Pérez

June 4, 2019

Charles 💕:
We 'll always remember you!!!
Your Spanish Family .

Sandra Kellum

June 4, 2019

Larry & I will always remember Charles with fondness and gratefulness for all he did to encourage us & help us to build our home & make it a reality. He showed us how it could be done & even drew up the plans for us! He was truly a great soul and he will be missed.

Stan Bowlin

June 3, 2019

Charles you were a great Co-worker and boss. We had some good times down in Marshalburg going out out on the shrimp boat all night and flounder giging In shackleford banks. I will never forget those times. You will be missed❤️🙏

Larry and Diane DeeWaars

June 3, 2019

Friends thru the love of yorkies. We will never forget the wonderful visits and hospitality you both showed to us and Donna also. He was a wonderful man.

Gary and Adele Scott

June 2, 2019

I'm glad we were able to spend time and get to know Charles. What a huge heart and great personality he had. He will be greatly missed.