PILOT MOUNTAIN — Alvis William Lawson, 88, of Pilot Mountain passed away at Village Care of King on Monday, June 9. He was born on February 19, 1926 in Lawsonville, NC, the firstborn son of Canie and Ella Woods Lawson. He was married for 56 years to Norma Lee Eads of Siloam who preceded him in death. Alvis and Norma Lee had three daughters who survive him: Jan (Mike) Culler of King, June (Barry) Amburn of King; and Joy Zeller of Mount Airy. Also surviving him are five grandchildren: Misti (Bryan) Holloway of King, Jennifer (Brad) Brown of Athens, AL; Daniel (Mary-Peyton) Amburn of Raleigh; Will and Nathan Zeller of Mount Airy, special friend "Doc" Jim Wells, and "Gracie" the farm cat. He has four great-grandchildren: Norma Gayle and Cora Lynn Brown of Athens, AL; Whitaker Amburn and his (Whitaker's) unborn sister of Raleigh. He has two special sisters-in-law Jestine Eads and Daisy Lawson, and dear friends Betty Mabe and Doris Stein, as well as special nephew Ferris (Linda) Simpson and several other nieces and nephews. His parents, brothers Davis and Perry Lawson, and sisters Christine Samuels and Mae Phillips preceded him in death. Surviving siblings include Becky (Melvin) McCreary, Frances Gunter, Faye (Bill) Southern and Wilbert Lawson. Funeral services for Alvis will be conducted Friday afternoon at Howell-Nelson Funeral Service, 615 East Highway 52 Bypass in Pilot Mountain with visitation being at 1:00; the funeral service at 2:00, and burial to follow at Pine Hill Friends Church, 3968 NC Highway 268 West, Ararat, NC. The service will be conducted by Bro. Don Collins, including speaking by sons-in-law Barry Amburn and Mike Culler and the grandchildren. Alvis was a farmer for most of his adult life. He and Norma Lee were known for growing premier tobacco crops. For several years they won awards at local county fairs for their "hands" of tobacco exhibited there. Alvis loved to grow all kinds of vegetables and share them with others. He was known for delivering produce to many people in Pilot Mountain over the years he was actively farming. He dearly loved the Pilot Mountain area of NC, calling it "the Garden Spot of the State!" He was a member of Whitaker's Chapel UMC for over 40 years serving in many capacities. He and Norma Lee moved their membership to Friendly Chapel Church where he attended as long as his health permitted. Alvis moved to Priddy Manor Assisted Living of King where he lived for over 7 years. He then moved to Village Care of King where he resided until his death. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staffs of both Priddy Manor and Village Care, as well as to Dr. Sam Newsome, NP Christen Duke and the staff of Newsome Family Practice, for their compassionate and loving care given to Alvis. Alvis loved the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm and asked that memorials in his memory be made to them. Checks must be made to "NCLHFC" and noted to be "in memory of Alvis Lawson." The memorials are to be mailed to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, 308 Horne Creek Farm Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043. Alvis' dear friend, Mr. Ralph Howell, Howell-Nelson Funeral Service is serving the Lawson family. Online condolences may be made at

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Howell-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory Inc
615 E Hwy 52 By-Pass Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
(336) 368-1200

Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from June 11 to June 12, 2014