Henry Lawson


SUMMERTON - Henry Lawson, longtime civil rights leader, community activist, former member of Summerton Town Council and devoted husband of Faye Smith Lawson, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

Born Aug. 31, 1929, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Edisto and Eliza Walters Lawson. Henry was a lifelong member of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church and served there in many capacities.

Survivors besides his devoted wife of 63 years include three loving daughters, Kathleen L. Gibson, Cassandra Lawson and Debra L. (Keith) Peterson; five grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the home of his daughter, Kathleen L. Gibson, 4 Mayland Drive in Summerton.

A viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Fleming and DeLane Funeral Home in Maning.

A service of remembrance for Henry Lawson will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Historic Liberty Hill AME Church, 2310 Liberty Hill Road in Summerton, where the Rev. Dr. Leslie Lovett, pastor, will bring words of consolation. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to Flemingdelaine@aol.com.

Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel of Manning is in charge of services.


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