NORMAN — Marvin Bishop “Dawg” Lawson Jr., of Purcell, was born June 12, 1928, in Stafford, to Marvin Bishop Lawson Sr. and Margie Pearl (Gassaway) Lawson. He passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Purcell, at the age of 85.
Marvin married Omeda Kay on March 23, 1957, at her home near Elmore City. On July 20, 1960, a son was born, Phillip K. Lawson.
From third grade through high school, Marvin attended school in Norman. In the fall of 1946 Marvin was scheduled to be key guard for Norman Tigers’ football grind where he was a letterman in the 1945 season, but instead he headed for a tour of duty with the U.S. Army. After the tour of duty with the Army, Marvin was eligible for another season of football and then he graduated from Norman High School in the fall term of 1948.
While in the Army from Sept. 27, 1946 to Feb. 9, 1948, he served with the 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion in Kokura, Japan, where he drove a vehicle transporting Japanese laborers, equipment and supplies. Marvin was in the Air National Guard from Sept. 10, 1948 to Sept. 10, 1950, where he was with the 8117th Air Base Squadron, Will Rogers Field, as senior construction equipment operator 55151. Then he was in the Air Force from Oct. 10, 1950 to Jan. 29, 1952, with the 137th Installations Squadron, Alexandria Municipal Airport, Alexandria, La.
In 1956, Marvin went to work for Warren Petroleum Company in Maysville. In 1963, he transferred to Crane, Texas, and in 1969 to Lovington, N.M. In 1983, he was transferred back to the Maysville gasoline plant. Marvin retired in 1988 from Chevron/Texaco Company as an engine analyzer.
Marvin road the Delta Transit to the Purcell Senior Citizens, where he enjoyed playing dominoes and having lunch. Marvin was a member of the First Baptist Church in Norman where he was a volunteer, working with the Homebound ministry, the Clothes Closet ministry and the Family Life Center. He attended the Acquila and Priscilla Sunday School class.