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Billy Mont Tom (Tommy) Jack Lawson

Born: 3/2/1954

Died: 2/24/2009

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Tom (Tommy) Jack as he was known to family and friends passed away on February 24, 2009 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born in Antlers on March 2, 1954 to Iva (Logan) Tubbs and the late Mont Lawson, Jr. Tom had a great zest for life and adventure. He loved to get on his bike and travel the country. He loved surprising his family by calling them on special days or by dropping in from Alaska.

He was a former resident of Albion and attended both Albion and Talihina Schools. He had proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his mother, Iva Tubbs, and stepfather, Buddy Tubbs, of Oklahoma City. His brother, Benny Lawson, sister in law, Jennifer, and their daughter, Shelby, of Anchorage, Alaska, son, Kelly Lawson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mont Lawson, Jr., of Albion, brother, Durand Essman, of Oklahoma City, maternal grandparents, Laura (Potts) Logan and Reverend W.F. Logan, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Mont Lawson, Sr and Bertie Lawson, of Albion/Talihina. Tommy Jack will be missed.

Ode to Tommy Jack

His mama knew, right from the start,
This baby boy, she held so dear,
Would be a man with a great, big heart
Always living his life in high gear.

Born with a spirit wild and free,
He would never hurt anyone,
He loved life and his family,
He was and is his mama’s son.

Laughter of his so loud and boisterous,
I can still hear and that makes me smile,
Fond memories I have of him and someday,
He will take us to Jesus to walk that last mile.

The past few years he suffered in pain
Afflicted with a terrible condition
No more pain, he has been called Home
This was the Lord’s decision.

He would say, please do not mourn me
Loved ones will welcome me and show me the way
All our ancestors who have gone before, I will see
We will meet again, bow your head and pray.

Written by Icee Cokeley