Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR


Dr. Leona D. Lawson

April 6, 1927November 28, 2019

Dr. Leona D. Lawson was born in Louann, Arkansas on April 6, 1927 and died November 28, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Clarence Dunn and Carrie Scott Dunn. Dr. Lawson was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Raymond W. Lawson, a son, Daniel Warren Doss, three sisters Bernice Robinson, Glendene Stafford, Clara Anding and three brothers Raymond Dunn, Bernard Dunn and Edward E. Dunn.

Dr. Lawson is survived son Rick Doss and his wife Paula Blaylock Doss, granddaughter Jennifer Lynette Doss and great grandson Noble Doss as well as grandson Jacob Everett Doss and his wife Larissa and grandsons Nathaniel Doss and Greyson Doss.

Dr. Lawson was an ordained Unity minister and had served as interim minister at Christway Unity Church in Hot Springs. She was also an educator and taught school for 25 years. She held graduate degrees in Special Education from UCA in Conway, a Counseling degree from Henderson State University, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Emerson Institute in Oakhurst, Washington. She was a supervisor of Education Interns at Henderson State University. She retired from the Hot Springs School District as Classroom Teacher Consultant for Special Services in 1994.

Dr. Lawson also owned and managed a ladies’ health Salon – Figurama – for seven years in Hot Springs. Figurama, at that time, was a pioneering, woman-owned health facility.

A memorial service will be held at Gross Funeral Home on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at 2 pm.


  • Rick Doss (Paula Blaylock Doss), Son
  • Jennifer Lynette Doss, Granddaughter
  • Noble Doss, Great Grandson
  • Jacob Everett Doss (Larissa), Grandson
  • Nathaniel Doss, Grandson
  • Greyson Doss, Grandson
  • Clarence Dunn & Carrie Scott Dunn, Parents (deceased)


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Dr. Leona D. Lawson

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Stephen Crane

December 3, 2019

I was a good friend to Leona's oldest son, Dan. Dan had great respect and love for his mother and his good friends respected and loved Leona as well. Leona was a great lady who was a beacon of hope and Christ's love to all she met. I feel sure she has a great place in heaven where she will no doubt be teaching others. My condolences go out to Jacob Everett and family and Rick and his family. I know Leona will leave a big hole to fill but many wonderful memories too. Much love, Stephen Crane

Cindy Nipps Wilkerson

December 3, 2019

She was a teacher, a mentor and a role model to me personally and many others. She was a mother figure, when needed, and a dear friend otherwise. A rare woman who knew her work was to be an instrument of God's peace, the epitome of grace and love. In the last few years, she always spoke to me in the form of prayer which was an extension of her state of mind. She journeys to her next assignment within a rousing round of cheers and applause. Well done, my friend, well done.

Karen Parker

December 2, 2019

I first met Leona many years ago when I was a member of Figurama. Later, I was a fellow Board Member at the Center for Spiritual Oneness. She was such a sweet woman with a deep spiritual connection. I will always think fondly of her, and her presence will be missed.

Robin Arguello-Livingston

December 1, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Leona’s passing. I worked at Figurama for 3 years as an aerobics instructor for Mrs. Leona. She was a wonderful lady to work with and for. She was kind and patient with me and I loved just being around where she was.
I saw Mrs. Leona a couple of years ago and talked with her for a few minutes. She remembered who I was and was just as encouraging and kind as she always had been.
Robin Arguello-Livingston