Big Stone Gap, Va./Bean Station, Tn.-John Lawson, 67, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va.
John fought the good fight, he finished the course and kept the faith, he has received his crown of righteousness!
He worked for 40 years in the mining industry, including the last 16 years as a Federal Mine Inspector with MSHA. John proudly served his country as a U. S. Marine. He attended The Bridge Church, Rogersville, Tn.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, B. J. Whited; his parents, V. J. and Beatrice Lawson; sister, Shirla Ackley; nephew, Jimmy Lawson; and his first wife, Sue Lawson.
Surviving are his wife, Vickie Lawson, Bean Station, Tn.; step-children, Andi Fultz (Eddie), Blountville, Tn., Kristi McKinney (Brian), Big Stone Gap, Va. and Amy Kilgore, Pikeville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Alyson Sturgill (Josh), Chae’ Wells (Daniel), Christian Fultz, Kaeli McKinney and Gracy McKinney; three great grandchildren, Gemma Sturgill, Christian Sturgill and Dagny Wells; sisters, Debbie Cooke (Jack), Hilton Head, SC, and Ninkey McCarty (Jack), Big Stone Gap; brothers, Jim Lawson (Lois), Richmond, Ky., and Joe Lawson (Vickie), Dryden, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to offer their gratitude of thanks to John’s niece, Misty Hochkeppel, and his step daughter, Kristi McKinney, for tirelessly keeping our family in the loop with the medical team and the many updates each day.
Per John’s request, he was cremated.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 12noon on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. Military honors will be accorded, just prior to the beginning of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Imboden Community Church, c/o Donna Nickels, 15 E. 25th St., N., Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve John Lawson’s family.