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Tommy “Gene” Sawyer: Longs

1947 – 2023

     Tommy “Gene” Sawyer of Longs passed away on Sept. 3 at McLeod Seacoast in Little River. He was 75.

     Born Dec. 19, 1947 in Conway, he was the son of the late Burroughs Charles Sawyer and the late Bertha Richardson Sawyer Little.

     Gene loved his children with all his heart. He loved shagging to beach music, fishing, and playing slots. He was the owner and operator of Gene’s Kwick Service for 17 years. In his later years he worked as a timber buyer until his retirement. Gene was a proud member of The Pro-Logger Association and Buck Creek Baptist Church.

     Survivors include his daughter, Krista S. Faulk (James Christopher); a son, Tommy Gene Sawyer, III (Rebekah); six grandchildren, Madison, Crystal, Bethany, Chris, Jr., Savannah, and Saylor; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Austin Sawyer; sisters Shirley S. Medlin and Patricia Sawyer; and longtime companion and friend Sherry Hooper.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Sawyer was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Cynthia; one son, Tommy Gene Sawyer, II; brothers Kenneth Sawyer, Sr. and B.C. Sawyer; and a sister, Joann Sawyer Barringer.

     Family planned to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Hardwick Funeral Home.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Allen and Reverend Billy Long officiating, committal services following at Buck Creek Cemetery

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