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Iris Sawyer Schmitt

August 19, 1929 — May 16, 2019

Trudie Community – Iris Sawyer Schmitt, 89, of the Trudie Community passed away peacefully early Thursday morning (May 16, 2019) at her residence following an extended illness under the care of Heartland Hospice.

She was born August 19, 1929 in Cuthbert, GA to William Charles and Iris Lee Malcolm Sawyer. She is also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Thomas West; and a sister, Marcella Lee.

She was a member of Nahunta United Methodist Church and active in the Women’s Circle. Iris attended Andrew College and the Women’s College in Milledgeville (now Georgia State College and University) earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She was a 3rd grade teacher at Hoboken Elementary School for many years. After retirement, she enjoyed quilting as a hobby and was a member of the Busy Bee Quilting Club.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Richard Henry Schmitt of the Trudie Community; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia McHugh (Bob) of Milton, GA, Kathryn West of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Marion Smith (Mitch) of Barton, GA; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Al Schmitt (Sherry) of the Trudie Community, and Andy Schmitt (Paula) of Poulan, GA; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a brother, Billy Sawyer of Marietta, GA; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening (May 18, 2019) from 6pm -8PM at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

A funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon (May 19, 2019) at 2PM at Nahunta United Methodist Church with Pastor Rebecca Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Rivers Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family would like to give special thanks to Carol Sue Reddish, caregiver, and Heartland Hospice for their exceptional care.

Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

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