In memory of
David R. Lawson
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In memory of
David R. Lawson
Lt. Col. David R. Lawson, U.S. Army (Ret.) CHARLESTON - Retired Lt. Col. David R. Lawson, born in Atlanta, GA on 20 July 1961, passed away peacefully at his home on 4 October, 2016 with his family and friends near him after a prolonged battle with cancer. He proudly served for over 20 years in the United States Army and the S.C. National Guard with the latter part of his service as a JAG Officer at the National Guard's Headquarters at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC. In his military career he commanded detachments with the 71st Maintenance Battalion in German on the border with Czechoslovakia, completed Ordnance training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and was Commander of Company A, 187th Ordnance Battalion 1987 to 1989 at Fort Jackson, SC. He also commanded a detachment of the 'Swamp Fox Battalion', 178 Field Artillery, at Hemingway, SC. He graduated from Porter-Gaud School in Charleston as Co-Valedictorian with his twin brother, Mark, in 1979. Following this he studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, receiving a BA (cum laude) in History in 1983. He also studied at the London School of Economics and received a juris doctor degree (JD) from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1992. He was admitted to the bar in NC, SC and Georgia and was in private practice in Columbia and later in Charleston until poor health forced him to retire. David is survived by his mother, Pamela, in Broadstairs, Kent, UK; by his wife, Deborah, and daughter, Erin Ashley, in Charleston, SC; his brothers Mark (Vickie) in Birmingham, AL and Benjamin (Diane) in Sarasota, FL and Ladd in Charlotte, NC; and numerous cousins: Phillip (Ann) and Anthony (Noya)in Hayes, Middlesex, UK; Ian (Caroline) in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK; Robin (Maryflor) in Perth, Australia; Elizabeth in Atlanta, GA; Wesley in Huntsville, AL; and Lawson (Andrea) in Jackson, MS. He will also sorely be missed by special friend and morning coffee buddy, Basil Lempesis, and all of his wife's family in Canada who have come to know and cherish him. He is also survived by his many rescued pets, especially his loyal feline companion, Louie, who remained at his bedside constantly throughout his final weeks of life. In his younger years David was an avid sportsman and held records in long distance running at Porter Gaud School. His later pursuits included the study of ordnance and historical weapons, civil war history, carpentry, electrical work and gardening. He served the community and was active with the American Legion, Post #179 and the Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club. David would also help at carpentry repairs at Charleston Collegiate School, as his health allowed. He was known in his neighborhood as being "able to fix anything" and in his retirement was always eager to assist others with home projects whenever possible. His garage was known locally as " The Lawson Home Depot." He will be deeply missed by all who knew him for his dry wit, historical insights and many stories. There will be a graveside service at Live Oak Memorial Gardens, 3093 Ashley River Rd, 29414 on Sunday, 16 October, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church at 3225 Ashley River Rd, 29414. The family wish to express deep appreciation for the absolutely superb care David received from the Palliative Care Service of the VAMC, Charleston, under the direction of Dr. John Franklin. With their assistance the inevitable journey to death became less frightening and more manageable, so David could pass at home looking at the view of the river that he loved with family around him. Deep gratitude is also extended to Compassus Hospice, under the direction of Stephanie Clarke, RN. She and the staff remained available at any time for any reason around the clock. Their compassion and caring and professionalism were beyond reproach. In lieu of flowers the family request that remembrances be made to a charity of personal choice. For the purpose of creating a book of dedication for the daughter, Erin Ashley, the family request that condolences be mailed in hardcopy form, if possible. The online Memorial Book may also be signed. Visit our guestbook at charleston
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3225 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
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