Carrie Cook Lawson, 87, widow of Moses Lawson, Sr., departed this life on Monday, July 23, 2012 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born in Lee County on December 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Cook and Alma Jenkins Richardson. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County.
At an early age, she joined Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, St. Peter A. M. E. Church, and later joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully in many capacities until her health failed.
She was united in Holy Matrimony on January 13, 1940 to Moses Lawson, Sr. and this union was blessed with twelve children.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: seven daughters, Almena Woods of Mayesville, Ada Mae Hall, Elizabeth (Theodore) Shaper, Betty Jean Lawson, Elouise Lawson, Marguarite (John) Sumter, all of Sumter, Patricia A. Lawson of the home; a devoted granddaughter, Elizabeth (Tavi) Lawson of the home; one brother, Major Richardson; two sisters, Dorothy Epps and Harriett Richardson, all of Sumter; three daughters-in-law, Lillie Mae Lawson, Mary Lee Lawson and Beverly Lawson, all of Sumter; a special friend, Runettee Webb; thirty nine grandchildren; eighty eight great grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; five sons, Joseph, James Henry, Louis, Birdie and Moses Lawson; one brother, Louis Cook; two sisters, Frances Gredic and Virginia Mitchell, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 3:30 p. m., Saturday, July 28 2012 at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 126 East Sumter Street, Mayesville, with the Rev. Eugene Myers, Jr., pastor, eulogist, Rev. Alberta Myers, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Dr. James Laboo, Rev. Dr. Tiawanna Mayo, and Minister James Richardson.
The family will receive friends at her home 3690 Britton Brogdon Road, Sumter.
The remains will be placed in the church at 2:30 p. m.
The procession will leave from her home at 3:00 p. m.
Flower bearers will be granddaughters and great granddaughters.
Pall bearers will be grandsons and great grandsons.
Burial will be in the Mayesville City Cemetery, Mayesville.