Marvin Cody Lawson Sr., 85, died April 11, 2003, at Thayer, Mo.
Born Sept. 9, 1917, in Kettle, Ark., he was the son of Wiley A. Lawson and Maggie L. Dill Lawson. He married Edith McQuay in 1940. He later married Patricia Yandle.
He served in the CC Camp at Camp Hedges, Ark., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. He was a retired forest ranger, working for 30 years. He served as a spokesperson for White River Area Agency on Aging and enjoyed camping. He was an avid musician and had a radio show on KALM for three and one half years.
Survivors include six children -- Jerry Lawson of Saddle, Bill C. Lawson of Mammoth Spring, Margie Van Wambeke of Machesney Park, Ill., Margaret Turner of Camp, Marvin Cody Lawson Jr. of West Plains, Mo., Marcia Lee Lawson of Allegan, Mich.; two sisters -- Neomia Vaughn of Mammoth Spring, and Lorene Whitman of Pontiac, Mich.; 14 grandchildren -- JoAnna, Julie, Charles, Jimmy, Debbie, Dwight, William, Chad, Rich, Ron, Melissa, Jeff, Adam, and Eric; 12 great-grandchildren -- Logann, Riley Rose, Ashley Desiree, Derek, Dustin, Dalton, Kyle, Justin, Adriana, Alayna and Anaka.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Angela Gwen; two sisters -- Cleffie Goodman and Ollie Allen; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Lawson.
The funeral was April 14 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with the Rev. Charles Barnett and the Rev. Don Tabor officiating. Burial was in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat.
Arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer.
Pallbearers were Ron Van Wambeke, Charles Lawson, Eric Lawson, Dwight Lawson, Jeff Turner and Adam Lawson.
Honorary pallbearers were Edd Washam and Ray McClure.