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Obituary for Bobby J. Lawson

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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