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Verne Lawson of Vashti


Verne A. Lawson Jr., 75, of Vashti, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Bowie.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the Vashti Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Vashti Cemetery under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

Mr. Lawson was born June 26, 1939 in Post to Verne Sr. and Doris (Hamilton) Lawson. He married Ava Lewis on Jan. 2, 1959 in Bowie and worked for the Bowie Ice Company. Verne later worked for various oilfield companies on drilling rigs. He joined his two uncles Louis and Marvin Lawson building houses around Bowie and later founded Lawson Backhoe Service. Verne continued to work in pipeline construction for Wichita Construction and Eagle Pipeline until his retirement in 2001. He enjoyed wood and metal working, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, John Arthur Lawson.

Survivors include his wife, Ava Lawson of Vashti; three children, Phillip Lawson and wife Lisa of Vashti; Charles “C.D.” Lawson and wife Kathy of Vashti; and Verna Sue Phillips and husband Tony of Vashti; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


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