The world has lost another member of the “Greatest Generation.” A war hero, a cancer survivor, a self-employed business owner, a friend to many, great grandfather, grandfather, father, and husband. Not a formally-educated man, but a man filled with more wisdom, more character, and more common sense than most people.
Calvin Warren Lawson passed away peacefully, in his sleep, on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had been recovering from hip surgery, but succumbed to his emphysema and COPD. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 51 years, Mary Lawson. He is also survived by his three children, Scott Lawson, of Grapevine, Michele Schoenfelder (Bill) of El Paso, and Debra Hendrix (Joe) of Corpus Christi. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Christina Lawson, Alexis Lawson, and Matthew Lawson. He has one great grandchild: Austin Lawson. He also leaves behind one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mr. Lawson was born on August 22, 1920 in Hamilton, Texas. He was the son of Alice Pearl Williams Lawson. He enlisted in the Marines during WWII on July 25, 1940 and was wounded in action in Saipan (bullet wound to the head) and Guadalcanal (grenade shrapnel to the hip). He received two Purple Hearts for his injuries. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on July 24, 1946.
Calvin was employed by Lou Williams Chevrolet in Corpus Christi for several years before opening his own establishment, Lawson’s A-1 Garage, in 1972. He was a fair man who treated his customers with respect and helped them whenever they couldn’t afford to pay their bill. His customers loved his humor and honesty and were sad when he retired and sold the business in 1989.
Retirement was short-lived as he took a couple of “retirement jobs” with Woody’s Fabrication and the Corpus Christi Cathedral. He was also an active member of the Lions Club.
In his younger days, Calvin would love to have cookouts and drink some beer with family and friends. He also loved to go fishing. He was a smoker for 40 years, but one day decided to quit cold turkey. Unfortunately, all the years of smoking did do damage to his lungs, first in the form of a two-year battle with lung cancer, which he survived after being diagnosed in 2004. Emphysema and COPD would later plague him for a little over a decade. He always kept a sense of humor about his illness and those who knew him saw a strong man, who could overcome just about anything life threw his way.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 4th from 5PM to 7PM at the Corpus Christi Funeral Home (2409 Baldwin Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX 78405) with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10AM on Saturday, August 5th at the Corpus Christi Cathedral (505 N. Upper Broadway Corpus Christi, TX 78401). Burial to follow at Seaside Memorial, Resurrection area (4357 Ocean Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78412).
While flowers will be accepted and appreciated, mourners who want to honor this great man can also make donations to the Corpus Christi Cathedral Maintenance Fund.