Samuel Lawson Crain (1932 - 2013)

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Samuel Lawson Crain

Samuel Lawson Crain was born April 7, 1932, the third child of Roy S. and Lillie Mae Crain. Lawson was raised and educated in Ripley, TN, graduating from Ripley High School and then Memphis State University in 1959.

Lawson served in the United States Army during the Korean War and returned home to claim Sybil Dew as his bride on May 5, 1956. Lawson's servant's heart was evident in his service to a variety of civic and charitable organizations. His active involvement in the local community serving on the West Tennessee Healthcare Board, Chamber of Commerce, and Jackson Exchange Club earned him the honor of Man of the Year in 1992. Jackson Rotary Club honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Lawson was very involved in the United Methodist Church with memberships in both Forest Heights and Northside United Methodist. Lawson became a Certified Public Accountant in 1962 and founded his first accounting firm, S. Lawson Crain, CPA, in 1967. His business grew into a larger accounting firm in Crain and Company and when Lawson retired, his firm continued to flourish and eventually merged with Horne, LLP.

An avid outdoorsman, Lawson loved spending time hunting with friends and family.

Lawson's battle with Alzheimer's ended on Friday, November 8th at Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, parents, and granddaughter, Jennifer Murphy.

Lawson is survived by his children, Cindy Murphy (Scott) and Michael Crain (Cindy); as well as two grandchildren, Hunter Murphy (Christy) and Laura Miller (Derek). Two great-grandchildren who will dearly miss their Granddaddy, Tyler and Makayla Murphy, also survive Lawson. Surviving brothers and sister are: Bernice Crain, Floyd Crain, Billy Crain, Mary Ann Voss, Jerry Crain, and Neal Crain.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and medical staff at Tennessee State Veterans Home for their care and dedication to Lawson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Northside United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Thrasher and Rev. Paul Clayton officiating. Interment followed in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be dedicated to the , 4825 Trousdale Dr. Ste 220, Nashville, TN 37220.

Arrangements are under the direction of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, (731) 427-5555.

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Published in The Jackson Sun from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2013
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