Jimmy Neal Lawson, 76
by Halei Lamb | June 14, 2017 9:45 am
Funeral services for Jimmy Neal Lawson, 76, will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Forsyth United Methodist Church with Darris Baker and Ken Stephens officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, located at 1473 Wes Lawson Rd. in Kite. The family will receive friends at their home, 62 Indian Springs Dr. in Forsyth, on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. He passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Mr. Jimmy Neal Lawson, or “Papa-Jim” to his close family, was born November 29, 1940 to Ida Pearl and Jesse Carl Lawson of Swainsboro. Friends remember him as a man devoted to family, friends, and his community. After graduating from Swainsboro High School, Lawson attended the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1964. In 1968, he opened Lawson & Cromer Pharmacy in Forsyth, where he served customers with loyalty and compassion until his retirement in 2012. He was active in the City of Forsyth from 1968 until his passing, serving on several boards and committees over the years. Above all, Lawson valued his family and his church. His lifelong joy was fishing and the outdoors. His greatest pastime was sharing that joy with numerous fishing buddies. After retirement, he turned his energy to his family’s blueberry farm in Emanuel County. He started this farm from scratch with his brother, Jay, and was proud to hear that its first harvest was delivered to the Dole Fruit Packing House in Homerville early last week. Lawson was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry (Jay) Carlton Lawson, and sister, Nancy Janena Lawson.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jo Ann Lawson; his three children, Jimmy “Neal” (Julie) Lawson Jr. of Bostwick, Carter Albert Lawson of Abu Dhabi-UAE, and Merry Gaylyn (Jim) Cole of Forsyth, and eight grandchildren, Madeleine, Charlotte, Sinclair, Jana, Margo, Carl, Caroline, and Lawson.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Forsyth United Methodist Church, his beloved church home of almost 50 years, or Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia, 6261 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.