On Wednesday evening, April 30th, Thomas S.
Lawson, known to generations of Greene County
baseball enthusiasts as “Sink,” passed away at home.
Thomas was born in Stanardsville on January 22,
1925, to the late Sidney S. Lawson and Meta
Roudabush Lawson as an only child. He was an
outstanding person, soldier, coach, citizen, and of
course father and husband. He leaves a bereaved
family and community to mourn his absence.
In addition to his parents and numerous members
of his paternal family, Thomas was predeceased by a
maternal aunt, Nora Wampler, who shared many stories
of his childhood; a maternal uncle, Ernest “Jack”
Roudabush with whom he shared a special
relationship; and as he himself said many times a
wonderful mother-in-law, Mrs. Ida B. Deane. Left to
cherish his memories and life’s work are his wife of
62 years, Dorothy D. Lawson; his four children –
Kyle A. Lawson and his wife Linda of Stanardsville
and Helena, Montana; Darrel D. Lawson and his wife
Carolyn, and Lori Lawson Tawney, all of
Stanardsville; and Marilyn Lawson Peacock and her
husband, Clifford of Portsmouth, Virginia, and Kill
Devil Hills, North Carolina; a very special oldest
grandchild, Edward D. Lawson and his wife Victoria
of Ruckersville six other grandchildren –
Meghan Davis and husband Eric, Gennie Morris and
husband, Chris; Blaine Tawney, all of Stanardsville;
Brittany Tawney and companion Rudy Rankin of
Waynesboro; Sean Peacock, Sheila Peacock and
companion Sam Geer of Portsmouth, Virginia; and
seven great-grandchildren: Jessica, Jaimi and
Makenzie Lawson of Orange, VA, Charlee and Zane
Davis, and Lyndsey and soon-to-be Lily Tawney of
Waynesboro. Additional survivors include his
brother-in-law Harold Deane and wife Lois of
Earlysville and his sister-in-law Joan Watson of
Thomas was a soldier in the United States Army
and served overseas in Germany during WWII and
after; he was recalled to active duty during the
Korean conflict. He spent the end of his military
duty as a Military Policeman in the area around
Richmond, where he and Dorothy resided early in
their marriage and where the two sons were born.
After relocating back to their home town and
building their first and only home in 1955, Thomas
worked for Columbia Gas Transmission, retiring in
1987 with 33 years of service.
During his lifetime, Thomas always considered
hard work and willingness to do so a fair measure of
a person. That same belief must have guided him to
his years of public servitude. He was one of the
founders of the Greene County Youth Center Inc in
the late 50s; faithful volunteer and coach for many
years at the Youth Center. He was a PTA president
and active member eventually named a lifetime
member. He served the County of Greene in positions
on the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals,
and Board of Supervisors.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 3,
2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home,
12819 Spotswood Trail Ruckersville, VA 22968.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May
4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Ryan Funeral Home with Pastor
Gordon Meriwether officiating.
Interment will follow in Stanardsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be
made in his name to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675
Peter Jefferson Pkwy Suite 300 Charlottesville, VA
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