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Joel Everett Lawson

April 13, 1938 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 83)

Obituary

Joel Everette Lawson fell asleep in death on Thursday, October 28, 2021. He was born on April 13, 1938, in Dimmitt, TX to the late Johnie Lawson and Willie Williams.

He was preceded in death by his beloved stepdad, Billie Moore; mother, Willie Moore of Columbus, NC; brother, Charles Clark Moore of Greenville, TX.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Geneva Brittain Lawson; son, Matthew Lawson and his wife and children of Arden, NC; stepson, Jay Madison; stepdaughter, Melissa Trantham, who gave him three loved and cherished grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Gail Moore Dyer of Columbus, NC and Carol Kay Hughes of Neenah, WI; several nieces and nephews.

Joel lived a long and full life. Everyone who shared in his life knew him as a kind, loving, gentle man. He brought sunshine into our lives even in the darkest of times. He was a hard worker and provider in life for his family.

But in all he did, his first focus was around his deep love and devotion for Jehovah. As a dedicated, Baptized Jehovah’s Witness for 60+ years, he wore many hats in his service to Jehovah and fulfilled each privilege given to him with everything he had. He remained always mindful of his own imperfections while striving to always do better.

Through the years, he touched many lives in a positive way. Sharing with them the comfort and direction in life that only Jehovah could and would furnish. Even in his final hours, Joel never hid his light! (Matthew 5:15-16)

As his health declined, he never gave up and never lost his happiness or focus on the better future awaiting us all. He tried to reflect that promise in all he said and did! (Psalm 92:14-15)

Joel’s death has left a bottomless hole in the hearts of his family and loved ones. We loved him beyond words. Joel knew with complete assurance that Jehovah would resurrect him in Paradise (Revelation 21:3-4). His heartfelt desire was that each of us would strive to meet him there. There we will benefit once again from his kind, gentle and loving ways. This was his hope for us all: To move forward without regrets, without resentments, without blame of fault finding, but with genuine love, compassion, heartfelt forgiveness towards each other…. keeping our focus on the prize of everlasting life, being together forever in PARADISE!

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