Stella Merle Lawson

January 25, 1917July 4, 2018

Merle Lawson, 101, prominent Hamilton businesswoman, died in Hamilton on July 4, 2018. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 7, 2018, in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jimmy Sansom officiating. Internment was in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Lawson had many business interests here; the principle one was the Lawson Implement Company, the John Deere agency, which she owned and operated. The daughter of John Edward King and Ollie Mable Cole King, Merle was born in Hamilton County on January 25, 1917, and lived all of her life in this county. On June 2, 1940, she married William Charles Lawson. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton for 92 years. Surviving her are daughters, Johnnye and husband Bob Gautier and Jean and husband Jerry Bloodworth, both of Hamilton; one son, Billy and wife Sharolyn Lawson of Hamilton, also survive. Grandchildren, Leslie and Ben Jansen, Loren and Coy Comontofski; Lindsey and Quin Hanson, Landry and Casey Yates, Lea Anne and Sean Hicks, and Brice and Amanda Bloodworth, and great-grandchildren: Madelyn, Charlotte, Landy, Sailor, Piper, Sawyer, Lawson, Addley, Stella, Keeley, Aadan and Clara, also survive. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons: Ben Jansen, Coy Comontofski, Quin Hanson, Casey Yates, Brice Bloodworth, and Sean Hicks.

Memorial Contributions:

First United Methodist Church 215 W Main Hamilton, TX 76531

Hamilton Public Library 201 N Pecan Hamilton, TX 76531


  • John Edward King, Father
  • Ollie Mable Cole, Mother
  • Johnnye Gautier, Daughter
  • Bob Gautier, Son-in-law
  • Jean Bloodworth, Daughter
  • Jerry Bloodworth, Son-in-law
  • Billy Lawson, Son
  • Sharolyn Lawson, Daughter-in-law
  • Grandchildren:
    Leslie (Lawson) and Ben Jansen
    Loren (Lawson and Coy Comontofski
    Lindsey (Lawson and Quin Hanson
    Landry (Lawson) and Casey Yates
    Lee Anne (Bloodworth) and Sean Hicks
    Brice and Amanda Bloodworth

    Madelyn Jansen
    Charlotte Jansen
    Landy June Comontofski (named after her great-grandfather, W.C. ”June” Lawson)
    Sailor Comontofski
    Piper Hanson
    Sawyer Hanson
    Lawson Yates
    Addley Yates
    Stella Hicks ( named after her great-grandmother, Stella Merle Lawson)
    Keeley Hicks
    Aadan Callaway
    Clara Bloodworth

  • Ben Jansen
  • Coy Comontofski
  • Quin Hanson
  • Casey Yates
  • Brice Bloodwoth
  • Sean Hicks

  • First United Methodist Church
  • Hamilton Public Library


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stella Merle Lawson

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