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Emmett Edward Lawhon

Tyler, Texas

Nov 9, 1926 – Jun 12, 2020 (Age 93)


November 9, 1926
June 12, 2020
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Emmett Edward Lawhon, a passionate servant of the Lord, passed from this life to his eternal reward on June 12, 2020 at the age of  93. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 19th at 2:00pm in the Chapel at Green Acres Baptist Church, with Dr. David O. Dykes officiating.

Emmett was born on November  9, 1926 to Emmett Engledow and Artie Wooten Lawhon at the home of his grandmother,  in Tyler, Texas. He grew up in Athens where he attended Athens High School where he enjoyed sports and playing in the band, graduating in 1944. After high school he enrolled in Texas A & M and was subsequently drafted for service in the United States Army.

Following his military service in WWII and Korea he married Evelyn Anel Blasingame of Kemp, Texas, in 1947. They were married for 39 years until her death in 1986. They had three children, Randy Lawhon of Forney; Ron Lawhon, spouse Gina of Tifton, Georgia; and Amy Lawhon Barber, spouse Gary of Tyler. The family enjoyed church activities, family vacations, and summers at Lake Tyler.

In 1987 he met and married the second love of his life, Jeanine Summerford Wylie. Jeanine preceded Emmett in death in 2015. In addition to his biological children, Emmett was step-father to David Wylie, spouse Debi of Austin; Lynn Sitton, spouse Kerry of Tyler; and Joann Hinsley of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. For 28 years they enjoyed traveling, entertaining, serving at church, and sharing with their ten grandchildren.

  Emmett spent more than 37 years as Sales Representative for General Foods Corporation. Receiving many local and district sales awards through the years, he was named Outstanding National Sales Representative for GFC in 1987. After retirement he enjoyed traveling, but primarily ministry opportunities at church and elsewhere consumed his time.

  Emmett was a dedicated member of Green Acres Baptist Church since 1961. Elected deacon in 1966, he participated in many of the ministries of the church including Sunday School teaching, senior choir, pastor search committee, counting committee, and mission trips to Spain and Ukraine, as well as 35 mission ministry trips to Mexico. Emmett found a special calling in the church prayer ministry as he began writing prisoners in several facilities around the state of Texas. This calling evolved into years of correspondence with inmates, and even traveling to visit them on occasion.

  For more than 18 years Emmett was very active in organizing a weekly Bible study and ministry of encouragement at Open Door Housing, a halfway house that provides transition services to inmates that have experienced long term incarceration.

  Emmett was the proud patriarch of a successfully blended family consisting of ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: Christa Skipper, spouse Levi; Jonathan Lawhon, spouse Kristen; Julie Mitcham, spouse Jamie; Ross Barber, spouse Rachel; Kari Bonner, spouse, Aaron; Korey Sitton,  Kerby Sitton, spouse Sammie; Keller Wiley; Janna Wise, spouse Chris, and Judson Hinsley

  Greatgrandchildren include Garrison, Mattie, Gavin, and Marlee Skipper; Emory, Emmett, and Eden Lawhon; Allie and Anna Kate Mchan; and Audrey Mitcham all of Georgia. Matthew and Samuel Bonner;  Mason and Madeline Barber, and Kohen Sitton, of Texas.  

 Emmett and the family would like to thank his many friends and family for their love and support over the years, his ministry partners, and recent caregivers. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to Open Door Housing or Green Acres Baptist Church Building Fund. Open Door, 18137 FM 3341, Troup, TX 75789; Green Acres Baptist, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, 75701.

 Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service at the church.  under the direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.


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I am blessed to know Emmett and am thankful for his legacy of faithful discipleship. He loved Jesus and others!

Prayers for the family!

A life well lived! Godspeed to you, Emmett, as you bask in the presence of your Lord. To the family... May your fondest memories and God's love comfort you during your time of sorrow. My prayers are with you.

Sorry for your loss, Emmett was special man of God.

Such a bittersweet passing! Having known this family for many years I can only say that Heaven has gained a Saint of God who has left behind a great legacy. Ron and Gina I so love you and your entire families commitment to service for Jesus. Your love for others is evident in everything you do and I am sure comes from a fine Christian heritage given to you by Mr. Emmett. I pray Gods mercy and grace surround you during these days and months as you walk through this new chapter of life.

Great gentle giant of a Christian.