Obituary: James Avery Lawwell

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

James Avery Lawwell, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 1, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville, after an extended illness.

A native of the Halls Mill Community, he was the son of the late Robert Allen Lawwell and Mattie Mae Claxton Lawwell.

Mr. James was a life-long farmer and worked in the maintenance department for the Bedford County School System and was a member of the Crowell's Chapel Lutheran Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Melba Lawwell; son, Donald Campbell Jr.; and sister, Mary Lee Cartwright.

He is survived by his children, Debra (Tony) Bradford of Lewisburg, Linda (Sonny) Robinson of Columbia, and daughter-in-law, Melissa Carney of Halls Mill; siblings, Evelyn Irwin of Shelbyville, William Robert Lawwell of Murfreesboro, Thomas Edward Lawwell of Columbia, Ethel Mae Kelley of Tullahoma, Janie Burke of Shelbyville, Linda Gale Limbo of Shebyville, and Jimmy Larry Lawwell of Halls Mill; nine grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 4, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Susan Springer officiating. Burial followed in the Crowell's Chapel Cemetery in the Halls Mill Community.

Memorials may be made to the Crowell's Chapel Cemetery Fund in his memory.

Doak-Howell Funeral Home served the family.