OBITUARY

Harold Sylvester Lawson

March 4, 1924January 12, 2020
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Harold Sylvester Lawson, age 95, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 12, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in West Virginia on March 4, 1924, the youngest son of 9 children. Harold served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1951. After his military service, Harold worked for Southwestern Bell for over 30 years and was part of a team that wired and installed the telephones at Johnson Space Center NASA Houston. Harold was a long time resident of Friendswood and was a founding member of the Friendswood Methodist Church. He started polka dancing in the 1970's but had been dancing most of his life. He was instrumental in starting a polka club in the Houston area. He entertained not only his grandchildren, but many children over the years with origami and animals made with handkerchiefs. He always kept stuffed animals, that he would win out of the Arcade crane machines, to give as gifts to children at dances and when visiting friends and family.

Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Gaeke Lawson; and daughters, Sandra Lawson Pyle and Jo Ann Lawson Davis. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Lou Shores Lawson; daughter, Susan Lawson Russell and her husband, Jim; son in law George Pyle and his wife Joyce; son in law Alan Davis of Anchorage; stepdaughter, Linda Turcotte and her husband, Joseph; grandchildren, Kristi Pyle DeRubeis and husband, Jim, Kathi Pyle Phan and husband, Long, Trevor Davis and wife, Jeni, Kevin Davis and wife, Jessica, Denise Insall Roberts and husband, Bryan, and Dennis Garza. Other surviving family members include his great grandchildren, Bodey Davis, Harley Jo Davis, Evan Phan, Aidan Phan, Keira Phan, Kaia Phan, Jaxson Roberts, and Caiden Roberts; Lauren Garza Johnson and husband Ryan. Great great granddaughter, Griffin Johnson. Plus numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Forest Park East Funeral Home 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598 with Rev. David Miller officiating. Committal service will immediately follow. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 18 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Harold Lawson. Pallbearers are George Pyle, Jim DeRubeis, Long Phan, Joseph Turcotte, Dennis Garza, Bryan Roberts and Evan Phan. The Polka Club will serve as Honorary Guard.

In Harold's honor there will be a tribute held on February 1, 2020 featuring Mollie B & Squeeze Box at SPJST Lodge No. 88 1435 Beall Street, Houston, TX 77008, please call (713) 869-5767 for more information.

The family would like to thank the medical staff of UTMB Clear Lake Campus for their care and support and the AMED Hospice Staff.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • George Pyle, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim DeRubeis, Active Pallbearer
  • Long Phan, Active Pallbearer
  • Joseph Turcotte, Active Pallbearer
  • Dennis Garza, Active Pallbearer
  • Bryan Roberts, Active Pallbearer
  • Evan Phan, Active Pallbearer
  • P.O.L.K. of America Polka Club Members, Honorary Guard

Services

18 January

Visitation

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Forest Park East Funeral Home

21620 Gulf Freeway
Webster, Texas 77598

18 January

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

Forest Park East Funeral Home


18 January

Committal Service

Forest Park East Cemetery


Memories

Harold Sylvester Lawson

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George Weber

January 17, 2020

Though it was only for a few years, I was proud to know Harold. One of the greatest generation, fellow Polka dancer, fellow Navy Veteran. Thank you for your remarkable service.

Fair winds and following seas, Sir.

James Sodek

January 17, 2020

I remember uncle Harold was always doing crazy fun things, he showed us how to tear a Houson telephone book in half, just using his hands, back then it was about 3 inches thick!
He folded paper and hankie into different animals and shapes. Card tricks and etc. Just to make us laugh. He was a very upbeat person that everybody like to be around. James Sodek

Susan (Sodek) Lenhart

January 16, 2020

Harold was an awesome man.
His wife, Florence was the sister of my wonderful mother-in-law, Lillian Sodek.
I always remember him showing my daughters, Mary and Teresa his handkerchief tricks.
Love and prayers to Harold’s family.

Sharon Hodock

January 16, 2020

Harold was my mother’s brother, I remember him and Florence coming to visit us. Sandra, Jo Ann and Susan. He was the last of that generation of Lawsons. They are many nieces and nephews in the Lawson family.
To you Susan I’m so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Uncle Harold

Sharon Farris Hodock.

Teresa Farris-Marquette

January 15, 2020

Dear Susan and Mary Lou,

Scott and I were so sorry to hear about the loss of Great Uncle Harold. We corresponded over the years and we really enjoyed looking for him and Mary Lou dancing on TV. We thank and admire him for his service to our country, he was truly a member of the greatest generation.

Fondly,
Teresa & Scott Marquette & Mary Farris (Ronnie's Farris Family)

kathleen cernosek

January 14, 2020

There are not any words to express the sadness and hole that this wonderful man will leave. But the memories that he made with everyone he came in contact with will last forever. He was truly one of a kind, a true American Hero, loving husband, father, uncle, friend, dancer. He will truly be missed. RIP Mr. Harold.

Randy and I express our deepest sympathies to the Mary Lou and the family. We love you.

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