Services for Robert "Bob" Lawson, 94, of Tyler will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerry Giles of Marvin United Methodist Church officiating. Full military honors will be presented at the service. A reception will follow the service at Meadow Lake Senior Living facility.
Mr. Lawson passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Tyler. He was born in 1924 in Depew, Oklahoma to Ray and Eva Lawson. After graduating from Sapulpa High School in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a ball turret and waist gunner on B-17 bombers completing his service after 25 bombing missions over Germany.
After the war, he married Joan Waite of Sapulpa, Oklahoma in 1945. They were married for 73 years. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, he went to work for Gulf Oil Corporation and retired from there after 36 years of service. His last position with the company was as the Credit Card Manager for the United States. Bob was a member of Nacogdoches First United Methodist Church until moving to Tyler in 2012. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, TX.
Bob was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Eva Lawson; brother, Eldon Lawson; and sister, Peggy Shoemaker. He is survived by his loving family including wife, Joan; son Robert II of Willis, TX; daughter, Linda Davidson of Tyler; granddaughter, Jennifer Lawson of Conroe, TX; grandson, Rusty Lawson and wife Debby of Willis, TX; and grandson, Matt Lawson, wife Tanna and children Mattie, Tripp and Yance of Conroe, TX.
The family would like to thank the employees and caregivers at Meadow Lake Memory Care facility.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men from Meadow Lake Senior Living facility.
If desired, memorials may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler, TX 75702.