Robert Randall Laws, 59, Elizabethton passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013, to be with his Lord and Savior. A native of Johnson County, he had lived most of his life in Carter County. He was the son of Charlenne Tester Laws, Butler, and the late Chalmas Glenn Laws.
Mr. Laws was retired from the City of Elizabethton after 35 years of service as street and sanitation manager. He always loved to tell a joke or story and put a smile on everyone’s face and was a very giving man. He was a very dedicated member of Fairview Baptist Church of Watauga. He drove weekly for the AWANA Program on Wednesday nights. He loved his church family and the wonderful little faces of the children that attended. He was president of the maintenance committee for the vans at the church. Mr. Laws also took care of the maintenance for the Dry Hill Community Cemetery since he was a young boy. He was also a former fireman for the Dry Run Volunteer Department.
Family members include his loving wife: Denise Hicks Laws, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: Misty Dawn Cox of Butler and Adrienne and Jerald Cross of Bristol; one son, Daniel Range, Elizabethton; one grandson, Jude Cross, Bristol, Tenn.; two brothers, Doug Laws and wife Peggy, Butler, and Brent Laws and wife Jeri, Huratio, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Dennis Hicks and wife Jana, Watauga; one sister-in-law; Dawn Hicks; his late father and mother-in-law, Gary and Ann Hicks; two nephews, Tim Laws and Kris Stennett, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Dry Hill Cemetery, Butler, with Dr. Kenneth Jordan and the Rev. Greg Thompson officiating. There will be no receiving of friends, but friends may visit with the family at the residence or the residence of his mother in Butler. The family will like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Kenneth Jordan and Terri, Dr. David Fenner, The Carter County Rescue Squad, Jerry and Jeanette Reece, Wayne and Rachel Harr and other family and friends. It was his requested to be cremated. It was his request that in lieu of flowers if you wish to please make a donation to the AWANA Program to help feed the children and activities on Wednesday at church or to the church Building Fund, Fairview Baptist Church, 585 Watauga Road, Watauga, TN 37694.
Robert Randell will be remembered most for his love of people, generosity, kindness, hospitality and grace. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is assisting the Laws family.