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Charles Davis Lawson, age 73, passed away at his home in Hurricane, WV, surrounded by his family on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. He was born on Aug. 28, 1943, in Cranberry, WV, to Earl Lawson and Erma (Davis) Lawson. Charles lived in Beckley, WV, until junior high and then moved to Mt. Hope and graduated in 1961 from Mt. Hope High School, where he played for two undefeated state championship football teams. It was there that he began dating and later in 1962 marrying Martha Elizabeth Garvin. Charles then joined the United States Air Force and with his new bride they traveled to California on a bus to begin their new life together. After five years of service the couple then made their way back to West Virginia and Charles then worked for Coca Cola in Clarksburg, WV, for five years. Later he began his long career with Kroger, starting as a part-time clerk, and worked his way up to serve as a manager in several locations including Dunbar, Elkins, Charlottesville and, after 33 years with the company, Charles eventually retired in Mechanicsville, VA.
Along with his loving wife of 55 years, Charles is survived by six children including Charles Davis Lawson, Jr., and wife Tammy of Harrisonburg, VA, with their children Cassandra (husband Tim) and Alex; Ann Gilmore and husband Joe of Hurricane and their children, Daniel (wife Megan) and Samuel; Earl Lawson and wife Laura of Milton, GA, and children Olivia, Natalie and Jack; John Lawson of Elkins, with son Jordan; Katherine Newhouse and husband Marlin of Stephens City, VA, with their children Ben and Reagan; and Jennifer Arneson and husband Josh of Matthews, NC, and their children Cyrus Haakon and Gigi. Charles also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Stella.
Along with his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sisters, Delores McGraw and Wilma Dunham.
Outside of work Charles had many passions over his life including his love for racquetball, his deep desire to study and understand the Bible and his joy for family gatherings. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane, where he helped with its backpack program and was a member of the BYKOTA Sunday school class. He also served as president of the Teays Valley Meadows North neighborhood association for three years.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 09, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Hurricane with Rev. Ron Stoner officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be one hour prior to the service. Burial to follow in Valley View Park Memorial Park, Hurricane, WV.
Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.
Published on August 6, 2017
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