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Luther Warren "Sonny" Lawson
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1929
Death: Oct. 20, 1976


Sonny's mother died when he was only 4, leaving his 21-yr old, widowed father with 4 children under the age of 5 including newborn Curtis Ray, Sonny's brother.

Sonny was reared by his great aunt Pearl Sheley Lavender and Howard C Lavender and their older daughter, Eloise Lavender, who was a school teacher in or near Jackson, Mississippi.

The family story is that when he was only 12 years old, Sonny ran away from home and managed to get himself from about the middle of the state of Mississippi all the way to St Louis several hundred miles away, where his father, 2 sisters, 1 or 2 step-sisters, a half-sister and step mother were living.

Family story was that he had hitch-hiked, but northbound train tracks were very close to his home, which went straight to StL and the possibility that 12-yr old Sonny had 'hopped' a train is strong.

Once in StL, his father's family had no place for him, and he wound up living his teen years with his name-sake, his uncle Robert and aunt Lucy Lawson.

Sonny's first marriage was a double ceremony in which he married Barbara (GARDNER)
Sonny's sister, (living as of Feb 2014), married
Barbara's brother, William Charles Gardner Jr (1928-2012). It is believed that these weddings were on Feb 14, 1945 or 46, in St Charles, MO, but this is not yet verified.

After Sonny and Barbara were divorced, he married a widow, Violet (nee Taylor), [formerly Mrs. George Anderson], in abt 1959. His marriage to Violet also ended in divorce, in abt 1968.

His third marriage (in the early 1970's) was to Dulsa 'Dell' Lawson, (Sept 11, 1929 - Aug 10, 1990).

Sonny and his first wife, Barbara (GARDNER), (1927-2010), had 3 children (not listed here; all living as of Feb 2014).

He had one child, Curtis (1961-2011) by his second wife, Violet (1933-2010). Curtis, died at barely 50 years old, 1 day following discharge from a hospital for a severe virus.

Sonny did not have any children with Dulsa. 
Family links: 
  Luther Curtis Lawson (1911 - 1944)
  Wilbur B. Epps Lawson (1910 - 1932)
  Barbara Marie Gardner Blunt (1931 - 2010)
  Violet Lorene Taylor Lawson (1927 - 2010)
  Curtis Warren Lawson (1961 - 2011)*
  Rose Willeen Lawson Hollingsworth (1928 - 2006)*
  Luther Warren Lawson (1929 - 1976)
  Curtis Ray Dame Lawson (1932 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Gramma
Originally Created by: Mr. Tom
Record added: Nov 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120395350
Luther Warren Sonny Lawson
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 Added: Jan. 18, 2014

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