On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Horace “Frank” Lawson, Jr., age 86, passed away at Williams Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at McDonald Funeral Home with Van Ward officiating. Burial followed at Swiss Cemetery.
Frank was born August 26, 1932 in Hohenwald to the late Horace and Jessie Fain Lawson. He married Wilda Pollock on April 26, 1952. Frank graduated from Lewis County High School where he played four years of football for the Panthers. While in High School, he joined the National Guard, serving two years.
Frank joined the Air Force on January 20, 1953. After training, he was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida where he remained until after his discharge in January 1957. While enlisted, he served as an instructor for Air Traffic and Fighter Control. When discharged, he returned to Hohenwald to farm and became a part-time insurance agent for Farm Bureau.
In March, 1960, he accepted an appointment with the Federal Aviation Agency as an Air Traffic Controller. He and his family moved to Memphis where they lived until July 1976 at which time he retired with 23.5 years of Federal Service.
After returning to Hohenwald in 1976, he established Troubleshooter, Inc., doing commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical. He closed the business in 1985 to become a full time insurance agent.
In 1979, Frank and Wilda, along with Arelus and Ernestine Dye, started Hohenwald Insurance Agency.
Frank was instrumental in starting the Lewis County Jr Pro athletics in 1990. He was an elder of the Little Swan Church of Christ where he taught adult Bible classes for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Wilda Pollock Lawson; a daughter, Cheryl Herring and husband Greg of Hohenwald; a son, Thomas Lawson of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Kimberly Herring, Jason Herring and wife Anna; great grandchildren, Ava, Greer and Drue Herring; special family friend, Lonnie “Chick” Bates; brother, Larry Lawson (Joanne) of Hohenwald; two sisters, Carol Canady (Don) of Nashville and Judy Thornberry (Ken) of Lebanon.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Edwin Lawson, and sisters, Dorothy Turnbow and infant, Betty Jo Lawson.