Neal Sawyer, born on January 15, 1969, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, November 03, 2023, at his residence in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 54 years old.
Neal lived a life filled with passion and purpose. As a Transportation Specialist at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he dedicated his days to his work, ensuring the smooth flow of operations. His commitment and diligence earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
Outside of work, Neal found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life. He loved being near a lake, indulging in boating adventures, and relished the opportunity to tinker with cars, particularly older models, and diesels. Neal’s infectious laughter and friendly nature earned him the reputation of a social butterfly, always bringing a smile to those around him.
Above all, Neal cherished his family. His children, Chase and Ava, held a special place in his heart, and he treasured every moment spent with them. His love knew no bounds, and he embraced the role of a devoted father wholeheartedly. Neal’s caring and supportive nature extended to his father, Donald Sawyer, and his wife Judi of East Flat Rock, North Carolina; his mother, Rita Whaley of Asheville, North Carolina; brother, Jason, and his wife Connie, as well as his nieces and nephews, who were fortunate to have him in their lives. Neal was also survived by his canine companion, Zeus.
A man of faith, Neal attended Calvary Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, and more recently found comfort in the embrace of Two Rivers Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Neal’s legacy is one of love, laughter, and unwavering dedication to his loved ones. He leaves behind a void that can never be filled. In remembrance of Neal, a graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Hospitality Room of Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park.