Wade Lawson

Wade Lawson

Thursday, March 31st, 1932 - Friday, December 20th, 2019
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Wade Lawson, age 87 of Cornelia, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Born in Cornelia on March 31, 1932, he was a son of the late Byrl Lawson and the late Clara Turpen Lawson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lawson was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jo Beth Graham Lawson and brothers, Bob Lawson and Gene Lawson.

Mr. Lawson graduated from Cornelia High School and attended Clemson University. He was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church, 60 year member of the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F. & A.M., and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was employed by Habersham Hardware and retired from the United States Post Office.

Wade was a loving and devoted husband, a wonderful father, father-in-law, and friend to all he met. He genuinely loved being with people of all ages. He felt there was no better place to live than Cornelia, Georgia and no better team than the Clemson Tigers.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Annaclair & Jim Kiger of Clarkesville; special girlfriend, Heather Burke Cody; and many special cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1 pm Monday, December 23, 2019, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with Mrs. Heather Burke Cody, Dr. Phil DeMore, and Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church fellowship hall to continue celebrating Wade’s legacy.

A private interment will be held prior to the service at Yonah Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Habersham Medical Center Foundation, 541 Historic Hwy 441-N, Demorest, GA 30535 or to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly St, Cornelia, GA 30531.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Habersham Home West who provided excellent loving care to Mr. Lawson.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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    Monday, December 23rd, 2019 |
    Monday, December 23rd, 2019
    Cornelia United Methodist Church
    275 Wyly Street
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Reception

    Cornelia United Methodist Church
    Wyly Street
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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Jean Gailey

Posted at 06:23pm
I met Wade at the Post Office when I started working there many years ago. I grew to love this special man in a short time. He was truly one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever known. He called me the clown lady when I showed up at work in a unique pair of shorts....hence, the reason I gifted him with clowns for a few years. To remind him of the laughs we had at work. I will truly miss this sweet man. My thought and prayers are with you, may God bless you.

Peggy Giles

Posted at 08:40am
I was so blessed to meet this precious man and become his neighbor three years ago. He is one of the sweetest and kindest souls I have ever met and I was so honored that he called me his friend. I love you Mr. Wade. I will see you in Heaven and I hope I get to be your neighbor there. Rest in Peace with your precious Jo Beth and Jesus. Peggy Giles

Paula Honeycutt

Posted at 10:44am
Mother and I wanted you to know we're thinking of you. Your dad was a special man and our family thought the world of him. I have known him truly my whole life and Mother since she started dating Dad. Thoughts for you during this holiday season. Paula Honeycutt and Janette Garrison


Terry Stone

Posted at 09:46am
Annaclair, Bob and I were saddened to learn of your father's passing. Bob saw him every day while. he was at Habersham West. He was truly a lovely gentleman, and I know you're going to miss him terribly. You were a wonderful daughter, from all I've seen. I appreciated the visit I had with you when we were deciding on the best place for Bob. Thank you for your kindness. And, please know my heart goes out to you at this time.
Terry Stone

Brenda (Grove) Chitwood

Posted at 03:58pm
Dear Annaclair,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

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