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Gertrude Lawson

Mrs. Gertrude Rebecca Powell Lawson of South Hill, formerly of the Scottsburg community, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at her home. 

She was born in Halifax County on Dec. 14, 1922 and was 90 years old. She was the daughter of the late Woodson Harper Powell and Lydia Frances Wallen Powell and was married to the late Roy George Lawson. 

She was a member of the Scottsburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Parlee Powell McGee of South Hill and Helen Powell Harris Andrews and husband Joseph B. Andrews of South Hill; one niece, Darlene H. Coffey, of Burlington, N.C.; one great-niece, Kristen H. Sadler, and husband Curt of LaCrosse; one great-nephew,
Jeffrey Harris, of Lacrosse.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Perkins; two brothers, Earl Stephen Powell and Woodrow Wilson Powell; one nephew, Danny F. Harris; and one nephew-in-law, Gene Coffey.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Smutz officiating. 

Visitation was held at Powell Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and other times at her home in South Hill.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.