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14214 Carrollton Blvd.
PO Box 236, Smithfield, VA 23431
Carrollton, VA 23314
Phone: 757-357-2979
Fax: 757-745-7672
Virginia Jewell
In Memory of
Virginia Sawyer
1942 -

Obituary for Virginia Sawyer Jewell


Virginia Sawyer Jewell, 74, died March 7, 2016, at her home in Ivor, VA, after a brief struggle with myasthenia gravis.

Virginia was born on January 3, 1942, in Columbia, NC, and was the third child, and only girl, of the late Edward and Gladys Sawyer.

A long-time resident of Isle of Wight County, Virginia had a varied and interesting career, and worked at Smithfield Packing Company, Community Finance Company, and Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

Virginia had a huge heart, and loved her town, her family, her numerous friends, and almost everyone with whom she came in contact, and she was loved by all. Her greatest joy, however, was being a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother to her extensive family. She enjoyed many activities, but her favorite was cooking for family and friends, especially for holidays. In later life, she shared her love of Christmas with several Isle of Wight communities by transforming into Mrs. Santa Claus, participating in holiday parades, and bringing joy to children and adults alike.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 56 years, Alton; two sons, Douglas and wife Cathy of Virginia Beach, and Alton and wife Beth of Smithfield; two grandchildren, Justin Jewell and wife Stephanie of Carrollton, and Jenna Jewell of Ivor; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Aubrey, and Carter. She also is survived by three brothers, Edward Sawyer, Jr. and wife Joyce of Plymouth, NC; Billy Sawyer of Moses Lake, WA; and Ted Sawyer and wife Jane of Smithfield, NC.

The family will receive friends at Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, VA, for a visitation on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 11am, followed by a 12:00pm celebration-of-life service. There will be a private graveside service at 3pm in Creswell, NC, at Saint David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc., at

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