Arvil "Bud" Laws

October 15, 1928July 26, 2018
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Arvil “Bud” Laws, 89, of Greeneville, the Greystone community, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Laughlin Health Care Center.

He was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church, which he loved and attended as long as his health permitted.

Bud had an avid love of family, friends, church, fishing, bluegrass and bear hunting, of which he was a member of Bear Hunters Hall of Fame. He served in the U. S. Army and later was employed by the U.S. Forestry Service for many years. There he developed many lasting friendships. After retirement, he enjoyed camping with “Mama” and family, going to church, gardening and hunting. He will be missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years: Mary Sue “Dude” Laws; a daughter: Kathy Lawing; two sons and daughters-in-law: Benny and Jeanne Laws, Kevin and Lynette Laws, all of Greeneville; grandsons: Brendon Lawing and wife, Karen and Josh Lawing, all of Greeneville; great grandchildren: Jake and Jesse Lawing, Jaci Lawing; sisters: Retha Hopson and Alice Collins; sisters-in-law: Wanda Jennings and husband, Reed, and Agnes Harrison; brother-in-law: Joe Harrison (whom Bud thought of as a brother and who stood by to help until Bud’s death);and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was the son of the late Charlie and Pearl Laws and was preceded in death by a sister: Fostine Williams; brother and sister-in-law: Junior and Roma Lee Reaves; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Lamon and Ruth Harrison; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Raven Hopson, J. R. Williams, Jay Collins, Roy and Jetta Hopson, Leon Harrison, Reiben and Ted Harrison, Denta and Everett Whitson, and Wilma Harrison.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 pm Saturday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

Following visitation, the funeral service will be held at 8 pm Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Dolphus Cutshaw, Rev. Roger Stockton, Rev. Tracey Jones and speaker, Gil Massie will officiate.

Interment will be at 2 pm Sunday in Gethsemane Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at 1 pm Sunday at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery for the committal service.

Pallbearers will be Benny Laws, Kevin Laws, Brendon Lawing, Josh Lawing, Jake Lawing, Jesse Lawing, Jaci Lawing, Dean Cutshaw, Jeff Jennings and Johnny Reaves.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. Lynn Mercer, Rev. Jerry Hopson, Rev. Jay Hugh Jennings, Genevieve Harrison, Howard Shaw and Denver Shaw, Nadine Hopson, Judy Harrison, Grover and Carol Gosnell, Gary Lawing, Chasity Burdine, Carl Jackson, his nieces and nephews, his TN and NC hunting buddies, his bluegrass friends, his friends and caregivers at Laughlin Health Care Center, co-workers at U. S. Forestry Service, and members of Greystone FWB and Gethsemane UM Churches.

The family would like to thank his friends and caregivers at Laughlin Health Care Center for the care given Bud for many years.


  • Mary Sue "Dude" Laws, Loving Wife of 67 years
  • Kathy Lawing, Daughter
  • Benny and Jeanne Laws, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Kevin and Lynette Laws, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Brendon and Karen Lawing, Grandson and Wife
  • Josh Lawing, Grandson
  • Jake and Jesse Lawing, Great Grandchildren
  • Jaci Lawing, Great Grandchild
  • Retha Hopson, Sister
  • Alice Collins, Sister
  • Wanda and Reed Jennings, Sister-in-law and Husband
  • Agnes Harrison, Sister-in-law
  • Joe Harrison, Brother-in-law
  • Charlie and Pearl Laws, Parents
  • Fostine Williams, Sister
  • Junior and Roma Lee Reaves, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Lamon and Ruth Harrison, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law
  • Raven Hopson, Brother-in-law
  • J.R. Williams, Brother-in-law
  • Jay Collins, Brother-in-law
  • Roy and Jetta Hopson, Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law
  • Leon Harrison, Brother-in-law
  • Reiben and Ted Harrison, Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law
  • Denta and Everett Whitson, Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law
  • Wilma Harrison, Sister-in-law
  • He also leaves several nieces, nephews, and cousins to cherish his memory.

  • Benny Laws
  • Kevin Laws
  • Brendon Lawing
  • Josh Lawing
  • Jake Lawing
  • Jesse Lawing
  • Jaci Lawing
  • Dean Cutshaw
  • Jeff Jennings
  • Johnny Reaves
  • Rev. Lynn Mercer, Honorary
  • Rev. Jerry Hopson, Honorary
  • Rev. Jay Hugh Jennings, Honorary
  • Genevieve Harrison, Honorary
  • Howard Shaw and Denver Shaw, Honorary
  • Nadine Hopson, Honorary
  • Judy Harrison, Honorary
  • Grover and Carol Gosnell, Honorary
  • Gary Lawing, Honorary
  • Chasity Burdine, Honorary
  • Carl Jackson
  • His Nieces and Nephews, Honorary
  • His TN and NC Hunting Buddies, Honorary
  • His Bluegrass Friends
  • His Friends and Caregivers at Laughlin Health Care Center, Honorary
  • Co-Workers at U.S. Forestry Service, Honorary
  • Greystone FWB Members, Honorary
  • Gethsemane UM Members, Honorary


  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

Arvil "Bud" Laws

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Deborah Fox

July 29, 2018

Family & Friends I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Give you total understanding of His love.

Bernice (Rice) Tweed

July 28, 2018

A loving wonderful man,Remember him Bear hunting with my kids daddy Neil Rice,My thoughts and prayers are with the family



Arvil "Bud" Laws was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, "Bud" will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      "Bud" was born on October 15, 1928 at the home of Cal Reaves in Greeneville, Tennessee. He was the son of Charlie and Pearl Laws. "Bud" grew up in Greene County, Tennessee.

      "Bud" was raised with four siblings. He had one older brother, Junior Reaves, two older sisters, Fostine and Retha, and one younger sister, Alice Faye. "Bud" was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, "Bud" had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. "Bud" was an active child who took part in baseball. He participated in box suppers, where he met his loving wife. In his spare time he liked hunting and fishing. "Bud"'s memorable activities included horseback riding and fox hunting. However, to "Bud", the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, "Bud" enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were Joe Harrison, Bill Shaw, and Weldon Mercer. Later in life, he became friends with Joe Harrison, Lamon Rice, Melba Reed and Wanda, Blaine and Gete, and Everette Ellison, and Judy.

      On December 11, 1950 "Bud" exchanged wedding vows with Mary Sue Harrison at Reverend Jesse Laws house in Greeneville, Tennessee. Empathic and loyal, "Bud" was committed to making his new family happy.

      "Bud" worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. "Bud" was blessed with three children, one daughter, Kathy, and two sons, Benny and Kevin. Another blessing for "Bud" was the gift of two grandchildren, Brendon and Joshua Lawing.

      Fortunately, "Bud" enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, "Bud" worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was working for the U.S. Forestry Service. He was employed for 32 years. He stayed on Bald Mountain Lookout Tower for 16 years and oversaw Senior Citizens in recreation areas, such as Horse Creek and Paint Creek. "Bud" always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "Bud" was an Army veteran. He was in the army from 1950-1952, stationed in Camp Pickett, Virginia. "Bud" stayed stateside as a mail clerk. Through his hard work, he achieved the rank of corporal. He received several awards recognizing him for his service, including a Good Conduct Medal. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      "Bud" enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing, and bluegrass music. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      "Bud" found pleasure in sports. In high school, "Bud" played baseball. Recreational sports included riding horses and fishing. "Bud" was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list was baseball.

      Throughout his life, "Bud" was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout his later years, "Bud" was an active member of the Ruritan and the Tennessee Bear Hunting Club.

      "Bud" was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. So it is little wonder that he took an active role in his community, serving on committees for the Ruritan and the church.

     "Bud"’s faith was important to him. He was a member Gethsemane United Methodist Church for 50 years. During that time, he was active in church picnics and singing.

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, "Bud" was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included "Outstanding Service" from the U.S. Forestry Service.

      "Bud" enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included the Isle of Palms, South Carolina to fish and ride the waves.

      "Bud" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Tootie, an English Setter Bird Dog. They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by Lady, a bear dog; Thunder, a fox hound; Lightning, a fox hound; Cricket, a Jack Russell; and Lady, a squirrel dog.

      When "Bud"’s retirement finally arrived in 1987, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in camping, going to blue grass festivals, fishing, hunting, and gardening. Even in retirement, "Bud" continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. "Bud" was active in his community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      "Bud" passed away on July 26, 2018 at Laughlin Health Care Center in Greeneville, Tennessee. "Bud" fought a brave battle with dementia. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue; children: Benny, Kevin, and Kathy; grandchildren: Brendon and Josh; great grandchildren: Jake, Jesse, and Jaci; and two sisters: Retha and Alice Faye. Services were held at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home and Gethsemane United Methodist Church. "Bud" was laid to rest in Gethsemane Cemetery.

      Simply stated, "Bud" was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. "Bud" leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Arvil "Bud" Laws.