Garland Lawson, 92, Joplin, died December 29, 2012 at Spring River Christian Village, following a sudden illness.
Garland was born Aug. 20, 1920 in Cherryvale, Kan. and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1938 and served in the Army-Air Corp. Garland worked as general manager for Landis Steel in Picher, Okla. and was a charter member of the Grand Lake Sailing Club. Garland married Juanita Pearl Burkholder on Nov. 12, 1941 at Neosho and she preceded him in death on April 24, 2007. He is survived by three sons, Lynn Lawson and wife, Sandra, Joplin; Stanley Lawson and wife, Sheila, Olathe, Kan. and Kenton Lawson and wife, Cherrie, Tulsa, Okla.; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie (Corbin) Lawson; a brother, Donald Lawson and a sister, Katherine Artz.
Services will be Wed., Jan. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Chaplain Allen Brintnall will officiate. Interment will be in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery and family will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Monday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Garland may be made to the Neosho IOOF Cemetery, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.