Denver Ray Lawson, son of Earl Lawson and Betty (Hill) Lawson, was born on May 22, 2002 in Springfield, Missouri, and departed this life on Saturday, April 25, 2009, in Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, following a sudden illness. He was 6 years, 11 months and 3 days of age.
Denver was living in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and was attending Mtn. Grove Christian Academy as a first grader. He enjoyed riding his bike, running, fishing, playing in the dirt, jumping on the trampoline and bull riding. He also liked all kinds of animals, especially dogs and cats, and loved being outside playing. He lived every day to the fullest and he never met a stranger.
Denver was a very loving little boy who was always providing helping hands. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He was attending First Christian Church with his mother in Mtn. Grove at the time of his passing. He loved God very much and enjoyed learning Bible stories.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Joan Hill.
He is survived by his father, Earl Lawson; his mother, Betty Lawson; his paternal grandparents, Darrell and Lucille Lawson; grandparents, Raymond and Gladys McGownd, all of Mtn. Grove; aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in First Christian Church with Jack Holland officiating. Sarah Moore served as singer, accompanied by Ruth VanGenderen on the piano. Song selections were “Walking With Jesus,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Father Abraham,” and “This Little Light Of Mine.” Pallbearers were Chad Hunter, Craig McMahan, Timmy McGownd and Steven McCall. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Burks and Brad Burks. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.
A memorial fund in memory of Denver has been established at Great Southern Bank in Cabool, Missouri. Donations can be made at the bank or Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.