Thelma Lucille Lawson

Thelma Lucille Lawson, age 96, passed away peacefully, June 12, 2020 in Columbia, SC.

She was born to Nancy Ruth Gray and N. C. Gray on September 23, 1923 in Lyon County, Kentucky. Luce, as she was known to friends and family, grew up in Lyon County and attended Holloway Elementary School and Butler High School in Princeton, KY. She became a Registered Dental Assistant in 1963 while living in Atlanta, GA. She married Col. Joel W. Lawson in 1960 and lived at Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, GA, Ft. Benning, Columbus, GA before moving to Columbia, SC following Col. Lawson’s retirement. While in Columbia, she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where she served on several committees. She was a Civil Service Employee at Ft. Jackson, SC for many years. Luce returned to her family home in Lyon County to care for her mother and spent many happy years there until moving back to Columbia, SC to be near her daughter.

Luce was a longtime member of Saratoga United Methodist Church, Eddyville, KY and a volunteer at Caldwell County Hospital. She will be remembered by family and friends as enthusiastic and fun loving. Children and grandchildren will share memories of many afternoons spent fishing in local ponds or exploring South Carolina beaches.

Survivors include her daughter, Terri Tongate Robertson (Charles – predeceased); four grandchildren, Charles McCaslin (Melissa), Deanna Johnston (Michael), Jennifer Thatcher and James Lawson; four great-grandchildren, Cayley Ashton McCaslin, Graeson Quinn McCaslin, Lauren Rene Hannah, Stephanie Deann Thatcher; three great-great-grandchildren, Brody Michael Alan Goins, Brandon Harley Teague Young, and Samuel Dean Williams; and two nieces, Peggy Wells Ellis (Tom) and Debra Wells Rowe (David).

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mable Louise Wells of Lewisville, KY; her son, Steven Wayne McCaslin.

Many thanks to Jack Brown and family for their love and support; Myrtis and Jack Hamilton for their enduring friendship; The Palmettos on Parklane, and the sitters from Daybreak, Kim Mobley, Karen McCray and Pat Langford.

A private graveside service for family members will be held at Saratoga United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve McVay officiating.

Memorials may be made to Saratoga United Methodist Church, 2360 Hwy 293-S, Eddyville, KY 42038 in lieu of Flowers.

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