Alfred "Al" Elroy Sawyer, age 76, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 16, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Al was born to Elroy (Tom) and Eleanor Sawyer in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 7, 1943. He was raised in the Marlow community and was a lifelong resident of Baldwin County.
Al was a U.S. Navy veteran and served aboard the USS Donner and Norton Sound during the Vietnam Era.
He is best known locally as the founder owner of local landmark King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant. In addition to local honors, the restaurant has been featured on The Food Network, Bobby Flay, Southern Living magazine and many other national publications.
His personal honors include designations as King of Crustations, Prince of Prawns, and named by governor's proclamation as an Alabama Seafood Ambassador.
Al was a generous donor to area fire, police and veterans' organizations. He served on the boards of the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department and Gulf Shores Zoo and was a strong supporter of Gulf Shores High School athletics and other local civic groups.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Diane Sawyer; children, Wendy, Travis and Tony (Amy) Sawyer, Tim (Donna) and Jimbo Bush; grandchildren, Nick, Ragan, Christian, Kristen, Rowan, Derek ,Dustin, Walker, Jay and Marli; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Visitation will be at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Foley on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
Interment and graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Celeste Road in Saraland.
Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 2551 S. McKenzie St., Foley, AL 36535, 251-943-2391, www.wolfefuneralhomes.com.