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Grady LawsonNovember 19, 1929 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 88)
William Grady Lawson, 88, of Ramseur, died Monday, November 20, 2017 at Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro.
Funeral Services, 11:30 AM, Friday, November 24, 2017, at Parks Crossroads Christian Church, Ramseur.
Officiating, Rev. Randy Kelley.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Grady was born November 19, 1929, the son of Henry and Estelle Lawson. He married “the prettiest girl at Ramseur High School” in 1948. He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956 and was stationed in Montana and Wiesbaden, Germany. Grady owned and operated the Ramseur Shell service station, Ramseur NAPA Auto Parts store, and Lawson Wrecker Service for over 40 years.
Grady had a distinguished history of community involvement, serving for 40 years on the Randolph County Board of Education and 28 years on the board of Randolph Community College. He was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Hunt in 1984.
Grady was an avid supporter and sponsor of American Legion baseball and was most proud of the over $2 million in college scholarships earned by his baseball players. He was an active fundraiser for Eastern Randolph High School athletic teams, including organizing 32 years of Christmas tree sales. He was inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame, the Eastern Randolph High School Hall of Fame, and the baseball field at Eastern Randolph is named in his honor.
In addition to his parents, Grady was preceded in death by his sister Peggy and his brother Gene.
Survivors: wife, Helen Carmac Lawson, of the home, daughter, Gina Young, and husband, Tom, of Raleigh, son, Mike Lawson, of Lexington, sister, Doris Arrington, of Liberty, grandchildren, Brad Young, and wife, Casey, Kelly Young, Ali Young, Bobby Lawson.
Visitation, 9 AM to 11 AM, Friday, Parks Crossroads Christian Church, Ramseur and other times at the residence.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.
Memorials may be made to Parks Crossroads Christian Church, PO Box 1106, Ramseur, NC 27316, American Legion Post 81 Baseball, 4901 Clarence York Rd., Liberty, NC 29298 (In care of Jerry Kidd), Eastern Randolph High School Athletics, 390 Eastern Randolph Rd., Ramseur, NC 27316
Parks Crossroads Christian Church
P.O. Box 1106, Ramseur NC 27316
American Legion Post 81 Baseball
4901 Clarence York Rd., Liberty NC 27298
Eastern Randolph High School Athletics
390 Eastern Randolph Rd., Ramseur NC 27316