Vernie Lawson, a remarkable woman, devoted mother, adoring grandmother, and nurturing caretaker, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2023, surrounding by her loving family. Her departure leaves a void in our hearts, but her legacy of love and compassion will forever endure.
Born on August 19, 1932 to Ova and Manilla Stephens. She grew up in Scott County Tennessee where she met the man she’d marry, Francis Lawson. They were wed on September 28, 1949. She gave birth to their first daughter, Brenda on October 31,1950. They went on to have eight children, seven girls and one boy, something everyone would laugh about for many years. When Vernie had her first child, Brenda, she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother.
She lived a life defined by selflessness and devotion to her family. As a mother, she embraced the role with unwavering dedication, providing a foundation of love and support that shaped the lives of her children. Her nurturing spirit created a home filled with warmth, laughter, and a sense of belonging.
Vernies's love extended beyond her immediate family to her role as a beloved grandmother and great grandmother. In fact, she was affectionately named Grandma Great! She cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren, creating lasting memories filled with joy and affection. Whether it was storytelling or offering words of wisdom, she reveled in the unique bond she shared with each grandchild and great grandchild.
Vernie was preceded in death by her parents Ova and Manilla Stephens, her husband Francis Lawson, son, Arnold Lawson, and siblings Arlando Stephens and Ocie Adkins.
Vernie leaves behind her seven daughters; Brenda Compton (late Jerry), Barbara King, Betty Cook (Alan), Freda Ritch, Bonnie Mowery (late Douglas), Elaine Gunter (Bobby), and Tammy Shook. Vernie also leaves behind her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and all those who had the privilege of knowing her.