Billy Lawson
Saturday
27
July

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Hillcrest Baptist Church CLC Building
200 West Ave I
Lovington, New Mexico, United States
Thursday
11
July

Final Resting Place

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Lovngton Cemetery
600 West Gum
Lovington, New Mexico, United States

Obituary of Billy Ray Lawson

Obit for Billy Ray "Bill" Lawson

On the morning of Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Billy Ray "Bill" Lawson moved to his heavenly home where he was welcomed by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born November 22, 1934, in Benton, TN, to Bates Eric and Hazel Beatrice Lawson. During his eighth grade year his family moved to Lovington, NM where he completed high school. While in school, he excelled in the sports of football and baseball, achieving letters in both sports and being named a member of the 193 New Mexico All-State Football team, playing the position of guard. After graduation, he earned a football scholarship to Ft. Lewis College in Durango, BO. After a brief stay in Colorado he returned to Lovington where he married the "prettiest girl in town" and the love of his life, Lela Ruth Ponder on October 21, 19 in Lovington. Soon, Uncle Sam called and he was drafted into the Army where he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. After his time in the Army, they relocated to Lovington again and he began working with Magnolia Oil Company. On December 23, 1957, a daughter, Diana Leigh, joined the family. On September 17, 191, a son, Richard Brent, made his appearance to complete the happy family. Bill continued his career in the oilfield sales industry. They experienced many different place during that time, including locations in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, North Dakota and Wyoming. At times it seemed like moving was his hobby. He retire at an early age to enjoy traveling with his wife. They crossed the country in their motorhome and met many people and made many friends during their travels. It has been said by family members that Bill never met a stranger and had the gift of being able to talk to anyone whether he knew them or not. He delighted in having fun, laughing and making sure others were doing the same. He wanted his home to be the gathering place for family, friends and strangers who didn't remain strangers for long. Practical jokes and tall tales were prevalent at these encounters. The food at his house was always amazing with biscuits and his gravy topping the list. He enjoyed watching sports with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees being his favorite teams. During his lifetime he enjoyed growing things, especially tomatoes and if he couldn't get them to grow he would happily "share" with others. In later years he spent his time hand cracking pecans and packaging them in small bags to give away

to family or friends or people he had just met. Pecans became his calling card. Some of the happiest recipients of his work were the neighborhood dogs who would receive treat as he made his way through the community in his golf cart or when they stopped by to see him. While he loved those things, his greatest passion was his family. He "loved, loved, loved" each and every one of them. He took pride in each of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Celebrating their accomplishments gave his great joy. It was important to him that they knew the Lord personally and he was unafraid to speak boldly about Christ.

He is survived by his wife Lela of the home; daughter: Diana Jensen and husband Steve of Midland, TX; son: Brent Lawson and wife Jennifer of Austin TX; Grandchildren: Daryl Jensen and wife Amber and their children, Lillian and Benjamin of Midland, TX Shelli Schultz and husband Michael of Ft. worth, 'TX, Katie Jaffe and husband Jordan and their children, Jenny, Juliet and Jordy of Austin, TX, Courtney Warren and husband Cris and their son, Jude of Bakersfield, CA, Luke Lawson and wife Sophie of New York City, NY. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Vinson of Eunice, NM.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Bates and Hazel Lawson; Sisters: Rose Marie Lawson and Peggy Clayton; brothers: Kenneth Lawson, Larry Lawson, Robert "Preacher" Lawson and great granddaughter: Julia Jensen.

A Celebration of his Life Service was held on July 20, 2019 in Kerrville, TX at Sunrise Baptist Church. Lovington arrangements are under the direction of Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home and will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Hillcrest Baptist Church {CLC Building}. Reception will follow with the family.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Edward Erb, the entire staff of Peterson Hospital, the Air Evac helicopter team, the staff of Texsan Hospital and the amazing team of Peterson Hospice. The compassionate car of all these people will remain in our hearts with our cherished memories. If you are contemplating making a donation in his memory please consider, Peterson Hospice, 20 Cully, Kerrville, TX 78028 or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.kirbysmithrogers.com.

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