Lawson, Sr. Hersel L.

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Hersel L. Lawson, Sr. 81, of Christiansburg went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 1, 2016. Hersel served several years in the National Guard and was a former owner of Roanoke Auto Alignment, and the Cycle Shack in Christiansburg. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded by his parents, Arnold L. and Kate Garnand Lawson; a sister, Verlon Leonard; and a grandson, Carl Rutherford, II. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joyce Lawson; children, Hersel Lawson, Jr. (Kathy), Anthony Lawson (Carol), Tamara Lawson (Richard Bushey) BreAnna Martin (Matt); grandchildren, PhaBeanna Lawson and Ethan Lawson; sisters, Fredona Jones, Orlanda Friddle, and Dorita Dowdy; brother, Jerry Lawson (Carolyn); brother-in-law, Sonny Leonard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Simpson Funeral Home. 366-0707