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Thomas Sinkler Lawson

January 22, 1925 — April 30, 2013

1925 – 2013

On Tuesday evening, April 30th, Thomas S. Lawson, known to generations of Greene County baseball enthusiasts as “Sink,” passed away at home. Thomas was born in Stanardsville on January 22, 1925, to the late Sidney S. Lawson and Meta Roudabush Lawson as an only child. He was an outstanding person, soldier, coach, citizen, and of course father and husband. He leaves a bereaved family and community to mourn his absence.

In addition to his parents and numerous members of his paternal family, Thomas was predeceased by a maternal aunt, Nora Wampler, who shared many stories of his childhood; a maternal uncle, Ernest “Jack” Roudabush with whom he shared a special relationship; and as he himself said many times a wonderful mother-in-law, Mrs. Ida B. Deane. Left to cherish his memories and life’s work are his wife of 62 years, Dorothy D. Lawson; his four children – Kyle A. Lawson and his wife Linda of Stanardsville and Helena, Montana; Darrel D. Lawson and his wife Carolyn, and Lori Lawson Tawney, all of Stanardsville; and Marilyn Lawson Peacock and her husband, Clifford of Portsmouth, Virginia, and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; a very special oldest grandchild, Edward D. Lawson and his wife Victoria of Ruckersville six other grandchildren – Megan Davis and husband Eric, Gennie Morris and husband, Chris; Blaine Tawney, all of Stanardsville; Brittany Tawney and companion Rudy Rankin of Waynesboro; Sean Peacock, Sheila Peacock and companion Sam Geer of Portsmouth, Virginia; and seven great-grandchildren: Jessica, Jaimi and Makenzie Lawson of Orange, VA, Charlee and Zane Davis, and Lyndsey and soon-to-be Lily Tawney of Waynesboro. Additional survivors include his brother-in-law Harold Deane and wife Lois of Earlysville and his sister-in-law Joan Watson of Ruckersville.

Thomas was a soldier in the United States Army and served overseas in Germany during WWII and after; he was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. He spent the end of his military duty as a Military Policeman in the area around Richmond, where he and Dorothy resided early in their marriage and where the two sons were born. After relocating back to their home town and building their first and only home in 1955, Thomas worked for Columbia Gas Transmission, retiring in 1987 with 33 years of service.

During his lifetime, Thomas always considered hard work and willingness to do so a fair measure of a person. That same belief must have guided him to his years of public servitude. He was one of the founders of the Greene County Youth Center Inc in the late 50s; faithful volunteer and coach for many years at the Youth Center. He was a PTA president and active member eventually named a lifetime member. He served the County of Greene in positions on the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Supervisors.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail Ruckersville, VA 22968.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Ryan Funeral Home with Pastor Gordon Meriwether officiating.

Interment will follow in Stanardsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy Suite 300 Charlottesville, VA 22911.

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Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling the arrangements.
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