Samuel Lawson Crain

April 7, 1932November 8, 2013

Samuel Lawson Crain was born April 7, 1932, the third child of Roy S. and Lillie Mae Crain. Lawson was raised and educated in Ripley, TN, graduating from Ripley High School and then Memphis State University in 1959.

Lawson served in the United States Army during the Korean War and returned home to claim Sybil Dew as his bride on May 5, 1956. Lawson's servant's heart was evident in his service to a variety of civic and charitable organizations. His active involvement in the local community serving on the West Tennessee Healthcare Board, Chamber of Commerce, and Jackson Exchange Club earned him the honor of Man of the Year in 1992. Jackson Rotary Club honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Lawson was very involved in the United Methodist Church with memberships in both Forest Heights and Northside United Methodist. Lawson became a Certified Public Accountant in 1962 and founded his first accounting firm, S. Lawson Crain, CPA, in 1967. His business grew into a larger accounting firm in Crain and Company and when Lawson retired, his firm continued to flourish and eventually merged with Horne, LLP.

An avid outdoorsman, Lawson loved spending time hunting with friends and family.

Lawson's battle with Alzheimer's ended on Friday, November 8th at Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, parents, and granddaughter, Jennifer Murphy.

Lawson is survived by his children, Cindy Murphy (Scott) and Michael Crain (Cindy); as well as two grandchildren, Hunter Murphy (Christy) and Laura Miller (Derek). Two great-grandchildren who will dearly miss their Granddaddy, Tyler and Makayla Murphy, also survive Lawson. Surviving brothers and sister are: Bernice Crain, Floyd Crain, Billy Crain, Mary Ann Voss, Jerry Crain, and Neal Crain.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and medical staff at Tennessee State Veterans Home for their care and dedication to Lawson.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. in the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Northside United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Thrasher and Rev. Paul Clayton officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be dedicated to the Alzheimer's Association , 4825 Trousdale Dr. Ste 220, Nashville, TN 37220.

Arrangements are under the direction of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, (731) 427-5555.

Published in The Jackson Sun from November 10 -12, 2013


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Julie Boehms - Morris

November 19, 2013

Growing up in the church at Forest Heights, I have fond memories of him and Mrs. Crain. He was so nice and I enjoyed his sense of humor. He did many wonderful things in the community. They are finally together again - in peace. God bless your family.

Roberta Parker

November 12, 2013

It was a privilege to know Lawson Crain. He was both CPA and kind friend to my husband and me in the 70's and 80's when we were in the liquid propane gas business in Somerville.

We appreciated his wonderful sense of humor, his dedication to proper accounting and record keeping and his kindness in all things. He was a true friend.

Sincere sympathy to Lawson's family in the physical loss of father and grandfather but also much rejoicing for Lawson...home at last. Well done, friend!

Mark Layne

November 11, 2013

Mr. Crain was a christian gentleman who boldly lived out his faith. He had a tremendous impact on many people. It was a blessing to have known him and to have worked with him.

Andy Hall

November 11, 2013

Mr. Crain is a great man. I am blessed to have known him and honored to be called his friend. My heart and prayers go out to all of the family.

Shelton & Sydney (Carmack) Wagner

November 11, 2013

Our condolences to the Crain family on your loss.

November 10, 2013

I could not have had a better boss. Many years since i had seen him, but thought very fondly of him and his family. Prayers for this family.

November 10, 2013

I Come to know Lawson at Cardiac Rehab, J.M.C.G.H. Knew him as a congenial and likeable fellow. I am saddened but fond memories.
Wes. Bell

Tommy and Myra Crenshaw

November 9, 2013

So very sorry. I feel like I have last a family member. I miss him. I will be praying for the family.

Beverly Lambert

November 9, 2013

Lawson was very instrumental in leading me to know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. He also encouraged me to learn and grow in my job when I worked for him even tho I had no previous training. His whole family were and are precious! Beverly Lambert

Ron & Melody Tillman

November 9, 2013

Our sincere sympathy and prayers for the entire family in this time of loss and grief. May god continue to bless us all.