Onis O. Lawson

SALEM — Onis O. Lawson, 90 of Salem, Illinois passed away at his home April 23, 2021, in the care of his loving wife and children.

Born May 5, 1930, in Eaton, Arkansas, he was the son of William A. and Lura P. (Helms) Lawson and they preceded him in death.

Onis began working as an agent for the B & O. railroad and retired from CSX. Stationed at San Diego, CA, he served faithfully (1948-1952) in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War, assigned to the USS Boxer CV21 ship, crossing the Pacific ocean 6 times during the war. He was a member of the Salem Country Club, the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the Salem American Legion Post #128. He loved square dance with his wife, loved gardening and was an avid reader. During the late 1960s and early ’70s, he wrote TART TALK in the Salem Times Commoner using the pen-name Loo Lawson.

He was united in marriage November 2, 1951, in Salem with Freda Mae Lawson of Xenia, IL and she survives.

Also surviving are their children, Linda O’Bryant and husband Larry of Knoxville, TN, and Jeff Lawson and wife Brenda of Mt. Vernon, IL. Also their grandchildren, Jennifer Martin and husband David of Knoxville, TN, Keli Easton and husband Josh of Greenville, IL, Jonathan O’Bryant and wife Mallory of Knoxville, TN, and Sara Rhymer and husband Aaron of Mt. Vernon, IL along with great-grandchildren Christian Rhymer, Joseph Martin, Catherine and Daniel Martin, Adrian Rhymer, Lucy O’Bryant, Preslei Easton and George O’Bryant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Burl Lawson, Helen Sturgeon and Lucille Shannon.

The family chose simple cremation services with no pubic visitation or public service. Burial will be private.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to SSM Health at Home Hospice of Illinois and may be mailed directly to the family, or will be accepted by the Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home, 310 N. Broadway P.O. Box 97, Salem, IL 672881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.

Online expressions of sympathy may be left at sutherlandfuneralhome.com.