Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs with William W. Harlow officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and memorials may be made to family choice. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 10, 1950, in Kansas City, he was the son of the late Thomas M. Hamline Jr. and Alberta Johnson Hamline Sawyer. He was raised in the Kansas City area where he was a 1968 graduate of Van Horn High School and later attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City. On April 6, 1970, he married Deborah L. Sawyer, who survives of the home. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1970-72 and was stationed in Germany where he served in the third Armored Division. He was a member of American Legion Post 279 in Sweet Springs. Tom was an area supervisor for Break Time Convenience Stores, Colonial Food Stores, Crown Convenience Stores and National Convenience Stores for more than 30 years. He retired from those duties in 2009 and then worked as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service. He had lived in Sweet Springs since 1989.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Sheila Arni of Blackburn; one grandson; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; five sisters: Alice Matthias of Lohman, Gwen Biamont of Independence, Mary Schneider of Owensville, Sandy Huckabee of Cardwell and Eva Johnson of Independence; two brothers, Ray Simmers of Atchison, Kan., and Frank Sawyer of Centertown; along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Johnnie Sawyer; one daughter, Christina Louise Hamline; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Mitch Hamilton, Arnold Lee Sawyer and Doug Kirschner; and one sister, Terri Blankenship.