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Thomas H. Lawson

June 21, 2007

Thomas H. Lawson, 89, died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Allentown.

He was a son of the late Harry and Lena (Kling) Lawson. Tom was a member of Sylvan Abbey Methodist Church, Clearwater, Fla., and Christ Methodist Church, Mountain Top.

For 38 years, he worked for Woodlawn/Dairylea Dairy. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and receiving three battle stars.

He and his wife, Janet, were active in organizing and supporting many church and community activities in the Mountain Top area and continued their volunteer service when they moved to Clearwater in 1983.

Tom managed and played Sunday baseball for 25 years. He started the Mountain Top Baseball Club and an eight-team area baseball league.

He formed a church and fire hall volleyball league that still plays today at Crestwood (Fairview) High School. He formed a Booster Club at the high school with the help of then principal Leland Vandermark, friend John Warner and former pro-football referee Bob Mackelwee.

He was a volunteer fireman and ambulance driver. Tom’s favorite things were sports – he was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan – and his church.

In Florida, he played softball and tennis and participated in many church activities at Sylvan Abbey. Frequently he visited My Purpose in Life Preschool to interact with the students and was affectionately called “Mr. Tom” by the children.

Mr. Tom was always there to help family, friends and neighbors.

He was the husband of the late Janet (Duffy) Lawson, for 60 years, until her death in 1998. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry “Buddy” Lawson.

He is survived by daughter, JoEllen and her husband, Dr. Richard Wilson; three grandchildren, Sally Duva and her husband, Joe, of Westmont, N.J.; Chris Wilson and his wife, Deirdre, of Plano, Texas, and Rich Wilson, of Reading.; 10 great-grandchildren, Adrianna and Victoria Duva; Kelley, Blake, Nicole, and Luke Wilson; and Riley, Brody, Tyler, and Gabriel Wilson; sisters, Dorothy Kania, of Mountain Top, and Marion Swetel, of Willowick, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 8, 2007, at noon in Christ Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Rd., Mountain Top, followed by burial in Albert Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at Sylvan Abbey Church, Clearwater, in late September. Arrangements are by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Inc., 1001 Hamilton St., Allentown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Sylvan Abbey Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, FL 33759, Christ Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Rd., Mountain Top, PA 18707, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 N. Central Expressway, #1201, Dallas, TX 75231.

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