The Rev. Ertle James Lawson, 86, and his wife of 67 years, Nadine Holmes Lawson, 82, died of natural causes within hours of each other Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
The Rev. Ertle James Lawson was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Robeson County, the son of the late Grady Lewis Lawson and Ida Belle Taylor. He was a loving father with a gentle, kind spirit and a true man of God who expressed it through poetry.
Nadine Holmes Lawson was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Franklin County, the daughter of the Fred Riddick Holmes and Eunice Ethel Hill. She was a beloved wife and mother who opened her heart to everyone, and was known by many from the N.C. State Farmers Market as Nadine’s Homemade Baked Goods.
They are survived by their daughters, Karen Thompson and husband, Jimmy, of Raleigh; Sherrie Dorrell and husband, Jimmy, of Clayton; Annette Blake of Clayton; Kim Oakley and husband, Randy, of Garner; son, Philip Lawson and wife, Ashley, of Clayton; and 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They were preceded in death by their daughter, Judy Lawson Hales.
The Rev. Lawson is also survived by his sisters, Mildred Shumpert and Annie Ruth Davis, both of Lumberton; Roxie Jane Cordray, of Ohio; and Marilyn Sue Sealey, of Fairmont; and brother, Harris Franklin Lawson, of Florida. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Roney Lawson, Grady Lawson and Howard Lawson, and sisters, Dorothy Lloyd and Delma Smith.
Mrs. Lawson is also survived by her brother, Doug Holmes, and wife, Myrtle Gray, of Youngsville; and sister, Betty Woodcock, of Franklinton. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Yates Holmes, Jimmy Holmes and F.C. Holmes.
Funeral services were Feb. 24, 2014, at Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, with the Rev. Mick Bowen and the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 2728 Marks Creek Road, Knightdale, N.C. 27545.