The Honorable Judge Eugene E. Lawson

July 30, 1937November 5, 2012

Judge Eugene E. Lawson was born in Cleveland, Tennessee on July 30, 1937 and passed away on November 5, 2012 at his home in Newnan, Georgia. He was predeceased by his son, Philip Lawson. He is survived by his wife, Mildred E. Lawson; three children - Deborah Butcher, Eddie Athearn, and Barbara Parker; seven grandchildren - Melissa Padgett, Elizabeth Thompson, Chip Athearn, Leigh Klein, Kyle Athearn, Jenna Parker, and Callie Parker; seven great-grandchildren - Zack Padgett, Carly Padgett, Erin McFadden, Tye McFadden, Zoie Athearn, Mason Athearn, Victoria Klein; two sisters - Betty Adkins and Sandra Sietz of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Judge Lawson began practicing law in Jonesboro in 1971. He served as a Prosecutor of the Clayton County Juvenile Court from 1973 until he was elected Clayton County Probate Judge in 1983. He retired from the bench in 2003. He was a past president of the Probate Judges Council of Georgia. Judge Lawson taught at the Continuing Judicial Education Center at the University of Georgia from 1984 until his retirement in 2003. Judge Lawson served his community in several ways. He was a founder and a member of the board for the Spivey Foundation. He was a co-founder also of the Association on Battered Women of Clayton County, the Rainbow House, and Samaritans Together. Judge Lawson for many years taught the Men's Sunday School Class at Jonesboro United Methodist Church. A Memorial service will be held at Tara Garden Chapel, located at 681 North Ave., Jonesboro, GA 30236 on November 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM. Reverend L. Floyd Carmack will officiate. The family will arrive early, between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to receive friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2012
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Honorable Judge Eugene E. Lawson

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William Latson

November 14, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of my good friend's death, and sorry that I did not hear of it prior to the funeral. Gene was a good person and an excellent Judge. He was honest and forthright, and someone we need so badly now. I will miss him and glad that he was part of my life and the judicial system for 4 decades. Gene was the epitome of "judicious". God speed, my friend! bill latson

Jimmie Minter

November 12, 2012

My heart goes out to you, Judge Lawson was very special and he wil be mised
I did not know you had moved to Newnan God Bless You Jimmie Minter

Sam Dixon

November 10, 2012

Clayton State University's Spivey Hall mourns the loss of Judge Lawson, a founding trustee of The Walter & Emilie Spivey Foundation, which created Spivey Hall and continues to provide operating support for Spivey Hall programming and Clayton State music student scholarships. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones. The Spivey Hall recital by French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3 PM is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Judge Lawson.

Wayne Coe

November 9, 2012

Gene and Mildred were dear friends for over 35 years. Though we did not see each other often in recent years he will be sorely missed. He taught me much and helped me mature.

Timothy Owens

November 9, 2012

Be Calm and you will hear your loved one speak, In the stillness, In the calm, their Love resounds.
If you are still, this promise i make: you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
With deepest love, Timothy Owens

Barbara Lawson Parker

November 9, 2012

Our Father kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
That gave our lives their start.

He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew
We would stand up strong and tough.

His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last
a lifetime long.

We are our Fathers garden,
We are his legacy.
Thank you Daddy, we love you.

Juana Klien

November 9, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Marilyn Whitfield

November 8, 2012

I have been thinking of you Mildred. I will always have the fondest memories of Mr Lawson in my heart. He was such a good example for Barbie and I growing up.

November 8, 2012

I have been thinking of you and your dear family during this time Mildred. I will always carry the fondest memories of Mr. Lawson in my heart!

Brad Barnette

November 8, 2012

Life is a series of ups and downs, beginnings and ends. when I first looked upon his walls, I saw what I thought was everything a man could hope to do in life, until I looked upon the faces of his loved ones, then I could truly see what that man has done. All the plagues and awards were not the mans true goals, but the smiles and love he left in every persons heart was his true goal. From what I see he has more to be proud of in one lifetime than 10 men could have done. My heart goes out to that man.

In loving memory of Judge Lawson