Mrs. Lawson died peacefully Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Habersham Medical Center.
Born July 10, 1934, in Danielsville, she was the daughter of the late Annie Lou Stribling Graham Irvin and the late Joseph Benjamin Graham. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, John Franklin Irvin.
Mrs. Lawson attended Davis Academy and graduated from Commerce High School. After graduating high school she attended Mercer University. She was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Even though Jo Beth experienced health issues most of her adult life, she enjoyed many special relationships and was surrounded by loving friends and family. She enjoyed taking care of her family, flowers, baking bread and building homes with her husband, Wade.
Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Thomas Wade Lawson of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Annaclair and Jim Kiger of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Billie Graham Herrin of Cornelia; special friend, Heather Burke Cody of Cornelia; many special cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter, 1850 Lake Park Drive, Suite 101, Smyrna, GA 30080; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, Bldg. 400 Northcreek, Ste. 300, Atlanta, GA 30327; or to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly St., Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who have taken care of Mrs. Lawson.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
March 28, 2012