Calvin “Gene” Lawson

Calvin Eugene Lawson, known as "Gene," was born February 20, 1928, in the city of Pomona, Missouri, to the parents of James Roy and Virgie M. (Murphy) Lawson. Gene went home to glory on July 24, 2022, at the age of 94 years and 5 months. He was united in marriage to, Deloris M. Cooper on February 17, 1951, in Salem, Arkansas. To this union, four children were born, three sons, Barry and wife, Kay of Winona, Missouri, Terry of Mountain View, Missouri, Kerry and wife, Mary of Mountain View, Missouri, and one daughter, Sherry Smith of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Gene was blessed with twelve grandchildren, Aaron Lawson, Adam Lawson, Andrew Lawson, Jared Smith, Jessica McDade, Kevin Lawson, Kris Lawson, Mandy Lawson, Niki Tyler, Riki Lawson, Brian Lawson, and Hannah Tiller. Gene's family tree had many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also has two surviving sisters, Virginia Nettleton of Keyport, Washington, and Elizabeth Ann Boyer and husband J.D. of O'Fallon, Missouri.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Roy and Virgie Lawson; a brother, James Roy Lawson; a sister, Ruby Poe; and two grandchildren, Brian Lawson and Hannah Tiller.
Gene had been walking with the Lord for many years, beginning with his acceptance of Jesus at a very young age. He heard the call of the Lord to preach in 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri and was a preacher for many years.
At the age of 15, in 1943, Gene began to work on the railroad continuing his strong work ethic and giving of himself to others through his service in the U.S. Army. Any kind of work was never too small or dirty for him to do. Gene was a custodian at Birch Tree and Liberty High Schools, and at 94 recalled his days there and the conversations he had with those at the schools. Gene was a self-taught carpenter who wasn't afraid to tackle a project big or small, whether farming or gardening. He had a passion for gardening and would love to share his wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
His first wife Deloris was taken from this world way too young with cancer. They were married 36 years. He then married Joan Smith, and their marriage lasted 25 years. She went home to heaven after an accidental fall. They worked together to establish the Agape House in Mountain View, Missouri, for abused and battered women and children. God continues to bless and guide this ministry today.
Gene leaves behind a legacy not only with family but in the positive impact he made in his community.
Funeral services were held July 28, at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri, with Bro. Bill Miller and Bro. Brad Strosnider officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may be expressed at
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