Bobby Lawson

Bobby J. Lawson

October 18, 1932 - December 15, 2020
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Bobby J. Lawson, 88, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at home.

He was born October 18, 1932 in Pine Bluff, son of K.A. and Annie Mae Hicks Lawson.

Mr. Lawson was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Watson Chapel High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now University of Arkansas at Monticello).

Mr. Lawson was a salesman for Jay Freeman, Inc. for many years before owning and operating Pine Bluff Foods.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, serving as Superintendent of the McClanahan Sunday School Class for over 15 years.

Mr. Lawson was also an avid Razorback fan.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Dortha Via Lawson; three brothers, Allen, Bill and Jim Lawson; and two sisters, Marie Shiver and Katie Horn.

Survivors include his children, Darla L. Taylor (Richard) of Pine Bluff, Bobby J. Lawson, Jr. (Kathy) of Springfield, Missouri, Tom Lawson of Pine Bluff and Deanna Gibbs (Mark) of Little Rock; brother, Leroy Lawson (Liz) of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Betty Bowlin (Jack) of Rison; sisters-in-law, Ann Harwood of Russellville and Margaret Via of Dardanelle; brother-in-law, Bill Boyce of Pine Bluff; grandchildren, Eric Taylor, Alexa Griffin, Jessica and William Lawson, Justin Munn, Jennifer McBroom, Emma and Megan Gibbs; and eight great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 19, 2020 with Reverend Kenneth Thornton officiating. Interment will be private. Due to covid-19 concerns, there will be no visitation. Family and friends not attending the private service are invited to watch the livestream at If the livestream is interrupted due to weather or other issues it will be uploaded for viewing within 24 hours.

Memorials are requested to the McClanahan Bible Study Class at First Baptist Church, 6501 South Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

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  • Service

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:00pm
  • Interment

    Memorial Park Cemetery - Pine Bluff
    6707 Dollarway Road
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71602
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    Interment will be private at a later date.


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William Lawson

Posted at 06:56pm
I will never be half the man my Grandpa was. It pains me to be so far away from everyone in the family, but please know you all are in my heart. I love you all so much, and I wish I was around more. I'm sorry. -William

Amy Glover Bryant

Posted at 02:32pm
Deanna's Daddy loved his family so much. He loved Dortha so much. I'm blessed they brought Deanna Lawson Gibbs in to the world and my life. He loved to give me a hard time and I loved to give it right back to him. I'm so blessed to have crossed paths with him in this lifetime and am a better person for having known him and his family. I am also a more loyal Razorback fan for it. My prayers are with his family, especially my best-friend-in-the-world Deanna Lawson Gibbs. Love to all and I hope Bob gives Dortha a HUGE hug for me. Amy GB

Bonnie J. Bradley

Posted at 01:21pm
I was blessed to meet your mother and father through T. O. and Louise Johnston several years ago. I am certain our paths would not have intercepted otherwise, we will never know; however, I am so thankful I met them and love them. Their loving and kind spirits will be missed by all of us who knew them. But, we cling the more to the hope of our faith and we will meet again. Job 14: 14 and John 11: 26. Praying for your strength at this difficult time. Sincere condolences, Bonnie J. Bradley, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Shelia H. Hobbs

Posted at 02:43pm
So sorry to hear about your dad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Shelia H. Hobbs

Brenda Gullett

Posted at 10:24am
To the Lawson family, We are sad to learn of Bob’s death. He was a dear friend to us while we lived in PIne Bluff, and he was so faithful to keep in touch even after we moved. It was a joy to serve in the McClanahan Class with both him and Dortha. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Blessings, Brenda & Bob

Carolyn Evans Ridgway Posted at 12:19pm

Betty, So sorry to read of Bobby's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family.

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