B.J. (Bill) Lawhon, age 84, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.
Masonic Graveside services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Garden of Memories with the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571 officiating. Burial will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Bill was born on October 2, 1928 in Champion, Texas to Marion Coleman and Annie Lorene (Ussery) Lawhon. He married Edith Rawlings on September 10, 1946 in Sweetwater, Texas. He was a quarry foreman for U.S.G. for thirty nine years before retiring.
Bill was a member of Westside Baptist Church (now Avondale Baptist) and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He also was an active 50 Year + member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571, A.F. & A.M., Waco Scottish Rite 33rd degree, Waco York Rite, Waco York Rite College, TX Pioroy #23, Suez Shrine, Sweetwater V.F.W., American Legion, He served as a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, He received the Golden Trowel Award.
He was survived by his daughter, Donna Adams and husband Rick of Sweetwater, Texas; son, Steve Lawhon and wife Julie of Sache, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer, Wendy, Scott, Andrew, Trey, Tracey, Kevin, Beth, Billy and wife Misty, Dakota and wife Haylie, and Carlee; great grandchildren, Brenon, Branson, Braiden, Brent, Zoey, Dakota and Bradach; brother, Jackey Ray Lawhon of Sweetwater, Texas; and close friends of the family, Welton and Lise Guelker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Coleman and Annie Lorene Lawhon, wife, Edith Lawhon, three brothers, Johnny Mac, Coleman, and Alfred, grandson, Matthew Guelker, and great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Guelker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Shriner Hospital or Scottish Rite Hospital.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571, A.F. & A.M..
Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6-8 PM.