In Memory

Shirley Jones (Lawton) - Class Of 1955


Westminster – Shirley Yvonne Jones Lawton, 80, wife of William Ward Lawton, 512 Westminster Hwy, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late William Martin Jones and Margaret Alice Campbell Jones. Mrs. Lawton retired from the Fulton County Board of Education after 28 years of service and was the secretary at Hapeville 1st Baptist Church and was a member of Westminster Baptist Church. Mrs. Lawton was very active in her community and church.

Survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, William Ward Lawton, includes her son, Barney Lawton (Sheila) of Morrow, GA; daughters, Laura Land of Seneca, Melissa Blight of Kennesaw, GA, Benita English (John) of Fayetteville, Ga; brother, Bill Jones (Rita) of Virginia Beach, VA; sister, Jane Ellen Cooper of Stockbridge, Ga, Billie Myers of McDonough, Ga, and Elaine Spencer (Wendell) of Jackson, GA; grandchildren, Erin Howell, Gabe Perry, Barrett Land, Addison Land, David English, Martha Ann Benson, Taylor Blight, Raven Batrano, Kathy Lawton, Jamie Lawton, and Will Lawton; great grandchildren, Satcher Howell, Scarlett Howell, Riggins Howell, Rachel English, Luke English, and Eleanor Rodgers.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 1 pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Westminster Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11 am -1 pm, prior to the service at Westminster Baptist Church with private burial at Heritage Memorial Gardens.

The family is at residence. Flowers are accepted and memorials may be made to Westminster Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 375, Westminster, SC 29693. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting

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08/09/18 04:00 PM #1    

Richard Keith Sheets (1974)

To the Lawton family. Sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you all. Ricky Sheets

08/10/18 09:32 PM #2    

Vangie Carruthers (Rich) (1955)

Dear Ward and Family, 

I was so shocked and saddened to read of Shirley's death. She looks so happy and healthy in her picture, but then she has smiled ever since I've known her...since 7th grade! I was so hoping the two of you would decide to come to Highlands for lunch so we could visit, even briefly. I am so sorry for your loss, Ward. You have been together for so long, and you have all of your children to share your grief.

Just know that your friends who care are also feeling the loss of sweet Shirley and of your sadness.



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