April 24, 1921 - September 2, 2020
Nelly (Jenkins) Lawson, age ninety-nine, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away in her home on September 2, 2020, after a lengthy illness. She was born April 24, 1921, in Clearfield, PA, the youngest of eight children to the late George and Laura (Miller) Jenkins. Nelly was educated in the Clearfield public school system and graduated from Clearfield High School. She accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Allen AME Church in Clearfield. She received a vocal scholarship to attend St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA. Shortly thereafter, she transferred to Virginia State College in Petersburg, VA, where she met the love-of-her-life, an Omega Man, Attorney Reuben E. Lawson Sr., a prominent civil rights attorney (now deceased) who practiced law out of Richmond and Roanoke, VA. He is noted for integrating the school systems in Southwestern Virginia. Upon graduating from Virginia State, Nelly became a housewife and moved with her husband to Roanoke, VA. She enjoyed painting, sewing, knitting, singing and playing the piano, excelling in all. In addition, she became a life member of the NAACP. Upon the demise of her husband in 1962, she became a teacher in Rocky Mount, VA. After tiring of the commute, Nelly moved to Harrisburg, PA, circa 1966, where she taught art at Lincoln Elementary School until her retirement. She also taught art workshops at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center and did local Art Displays for her oil paintings. Nelly is survived by three sons, Reuben Lawson Jr., Esq. (Barbara), Baltimore, MD, Cedric C. Lawson (Musician), Harrisburg, PA, and Terry A. Lawson (Musician), Philadelphia, PA; five grandchildren, Sekou Lawson, Kamilah Lawson, Mavis Jackson, Cedric Lawson Jr. and Susaye Lawson; five great-grandchildren, Darrell Jackson, Jordan Jackson, Maranda Lawson, Krista Lawson and Nathan Lawson; numerous nieces and cousins including Kathryn DeCarlo (Joseph), Bonnie (Jenkins) Reinke (Eric), Yaivette (Roberts) Burton (Keith), Kimberly Ann Doss, Yonise (Roberts) Paige (Erick); and two aunts, Marlene Terrell and Laura Brewer. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CLICK ON THE SHARE A MEMORY TAB TO POST VIDEOS, SHARE MEMORIES, CONDOLENCES, REFLECTIONS OR SIMPLY YOUR NAME ALLOWING THE FAMILY TO KNOW YOU ARE THINKING OF THEM. ON-LINE STREAMING OF SERVICE. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS & VIDEOS TAB OR MEDIA TAB (MOBILE) AND TRIBUTE WEBCAST TO VIEW.
Nelly (Jenkins) Lawson, age ninety-nine, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away in her home on September 2, 2020, after a lengthy illness. She was born April 24, 1921, in Clearfield, PA, the youngest of eight children to the late George and Laura (Miller)... View Obituary & Service Information
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