PACOLET — Mr. Donald (Don) Russell Lawson, 79, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. He was the son of late Harold and Ruby West Lawson, and was raised in Buffalo, S.C.
Mr. Lawson is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Joan Bishop Lawson; three sons, Russell Lawson and wife Kathy, Barry Lawson and wife Kristen, and Eric Lawson; four grandchildren, Calli Lawson, Mallori Lawson, Maya Lawson and Maria Lawson, and cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lawson was a graduate of Mars Hill College and the University of South Carolina, and a veteran of the U.S. Army with service during the Korean Conflict. He retired as Plant Controller for Milliken and Co., Lockhart Plant after 25 years of service. Mr. Lawson had a personal relationship with the Lord, and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church. He will be remembered most for his love of his wife, family and country and for being a lifelong USC Gamecock fan.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Jack C. Bishop, Jr., Rev. Jerry Lawson and Rev. Robert Jarvis. Burial will be at Union Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the chapel prior to the services.
Active pallbearers will be Stanley Wells, Paul Wells, Bruce Betenbaugh, Jack C. Bishop, Sr., Rodger E. Bishop and Ted Kelly.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Catherine Knoy and her staff at Carolina Dialysis Center along with Dr. Bruce Murdock, Dr. David Mullins, Dr. Joseph Mobley, Dr. James Dunn and Dr. Asim Pati for their care and concern for Mr. Lawson over the years.
Memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847.
The family will be at the home, 102 Stonecrest Court, Pacolet, S.C. 29372.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc.