2007-04-26 / Obituaries


Carleton Farish Sawyer, 88, died at her home in Spring Hill, Florida, on April 13, 2007.

She was born in Grove Hill March 18, 1919, and graduated from Grove Hill High School in 1926. She attended Judson College and then Auburn University, where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics in 1940. After working in rural Alabama with the Farm Security Administration, where she taught farm wives about nutrition and how to cook and preserve food, she married the late Frederick Donald Sawyer of Frisco City at the Grove Hill Baptist Church in 1942. She and her husband moved to Michigan after the end of World War II where they raised two sons, Frederick Donald Jr. and Bryan Grant.

Her mother, Mim Carleton Farish, served as Grove Hill's postmistress for many years. Carleton's father, Dr. Clarence Farish, was killed in a train accident just a month before her birth. Her uncle, George Carleton Sr., was the editor of The Clarke County Democrat for 63 years.

Carleton is survived by her two sons, Bryan and Don, two granddaughters, Melissa and Farish, and three grandsons, Rob, Rick and Randy.

Carleton was a dedicated environmentalist and strong advocate for the preservation of our dwindling natural areas. Donations in her name to The Nature Conservancy (4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606) are suggested.

A private memorial service for family will be held in Grove Hill.

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