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.
Marvin was a member of the Purcell Masonic Lodge No. 27 in Purcell where he received a 50 year pin in 2007. He was a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Guthrie.
Survivors include his wife, Omeda Lawson of the home in Purcell; a son, Phillip K. Lawson and his wife Sandra Diane Lawson of Trophy Club, Texas; two grandchildren, Bryce Kyle Lawson, student at OU, Norman and Courtney Diane Lawson, student at OU, Norman; sister-in-law Carol Lawson of Columbia, S.C.; mother-in-law Maggie Kay of Elmore City; brother-in-law Carl Kay of Elmore City; nephews Reg Hopper and wife Susan of Lakewood, Colo., Ron Hopper and wife Vivien of Bakersfield, Calif., Joe Lawson and wife Elizabeth of Columbia, S.C., John Lawson and wife Nan of Alexandria, Va. and Charles S. Dayhoff III and wife Jocelyn of Dunedin, Fla.; nieces Gwen (Hopper) Hanson and husband Tom of Las Cruces, N.M., Amy (Lawson) Spigner and husband Terry of Hopkins, S.C. and Sharon Lynne Dayhoff of Overland Park, Kan.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Bishop Lawson Sr. and Margie Pearl (Gassaway) Lawson; sisters Dorothy Hopper, Bernice Dayhoff and Thelma Nisewander; brother Roy Lawson; brother-in-laws Frank Hopper, Charles Dayhoff and Ralph Nisewander; and father-in-law Marvin B. Kay.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund or Baptist Children’s Homes.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Winans Funeral Home chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Winans Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jim Stewart officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery under the direction of John Williams of Winans Funeral Home in Maysville. Condolences may be sent to the family at winansfuneralhome.com.
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