Franklin David “Dave” Lawson, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Born on March 28, 1933 in Corbin, Ky., he was the son of the late John and Lela Wilson Lawson. Being raised in Kentucky, he was a graduate on Whitley County High School, Class of 1952. After high school, Mr. Lawson enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served proudly during the Korean Conflict in Thule, Greenland. At the time of his honorable discharge in 1956, he returned home to Corbin, Ky. In 1965, he married the former Gladys Ward of Corbin. The Lawson family moved to the Louisville area in 1968 and later relocated to Murfreesboro when he assumed the position as administrative manager for the Murfreesboro Division of Alton Box Board Company, which would later become Jefferson Smurfit. He was later transferred to the Jacksonville, Fla., Container Division where he worked for a short time before returning to the Murfreesboro and retiring in 1999. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Lawson returned to North Florida and made his home in Hilliard, Fla.
He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge, York Rite Bodies and Knights Templar Commandery No. 10, Murfreesboro, as well as the Al Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Ward Lawson, who passed away in 2009 and a sister, Una Wooten.
He leaves behind, two sons, Gregory Lawson (Stephanie), Stuart Lawson (Tanya), a daughter, Valerie all of Murfreesboro, three grandchildren, Christopher, Hannah and Emily Lawson.
Mr. Lawson’s family will receive friends on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 2-4 pm at the Oxley Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach.
Visitation with the family will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9-11 am at Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:30 at Coleman Cemetery.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Road, Jacksonville, Fla., 33607
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