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Curtis Ray Dame Lawson
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1932
Death: Dec. 13, 1952

Although Curtis died in Missouri, his body was taken back to Tallahatchie Co., Mississippi, the community where he grew up, to be buried with his mother who had died giving birth to him just 20 years earlier; finally reunited.

After the death of his mother, new-born Curtis was given to his grandmother's sister, Bessie Gertrude Sheley Dame and her husband, Thomas Dame, to rear as their own child, until he was a teenager. Then he left Mississippi to follow his older brother, Luther Warren Lawson, to St Louis where their father, Luther Curtis Lawson and uncles were working in the family flooring business.

Because he was an integral part of the Dame family, the name Dame was immortalized on his headstone as a middle name.

Curtis died in a tragic auto wreck when only a week before his 20th birthday. The wreck also critically injured his only brother, when they were returning from an out-of-town hardwood flooring installation, for the family business, Lawson Bros Flooring.

Curtis had one brother and 2 sisters:
Luther Warren 'Sonny' Lawson
Rose Willeen Lawson (Mrs Phillip) Hollingsworth
and another sister not listed because she is still living.

On Dec 28, 1949, Curtis married Hope Havens in Charleston, Mississippi. Curtis and Hope did not have any children.

On their marriage records, the bride is named Hope Havens, but she must have used the name 'Opal'. On the death certificate for Curtis, his wife was first written as Opal, which was later crossed out and changed to Hope. It is likely that her birth name was Hope, but the death certificate 'informant' M. W. Lawson (most likely Marvin Wilson Lawson) knew Curtis's wife by the name 'Opal'.

Another Opal Havens, (1889-1924) who would have been 43 yrs older than Curtis, and lived in Tallahatchie, MS, is a strong possibility to have been related to his wife, possibly her grandmother.
Family links: 
  Luther Curtis Lawson (1911 - 1944)
  Wilbur B. Epps Lawson (1910 - 1932)
  Rose Willeen Lawson Hollingsworth (1928 - 2006)*
  Luther Warren Lawson (1929 - 1976)*
  Curtis Ray Dame Lawson (1932 - 1952)
*Calculated relationship
Bethel Cemetery
Tallahatchie County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Gramma
Originally Created by: Beatrice Bennett
Record added: Feb 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33846464
Curtis Ray Dame Lawson
Added by: Linda W
Curtis Ray Dame Lawson
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Added by: Donald G. Dalrymple
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Happy Valentine's Day, Curtis. God bless.
 Added: Feb. 14, 2009

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