He was born on May 26, 1959 in Houston, Missouri, the son of Darrell Ray and Sarah Lucille (Johnson) Lawson.
Earl attended and graduated from Cabool High School. After graduation he worked in Morse, Texas, on a feedlot for several years. He moved back to Cabool and raised Limousin cattle and worked at a metal fabrication plant. He held several offices with the Limousin Association over the years. He also hauled milk for DFA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working cattle, but most of all, being with his son.
Earl was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Lawson; his sister, Marie Lawson; and his son, Denver Ray Lawson.
He is survived by his mother, Lucille Lawson of Mtn. Grove; his aunts, Bonnie Freels and husband Reed of Mtn. Grove and Virginia Hamilton and husband LeRoy of Cabool; as well as other relatives and many friends that will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the funeral chapel. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Cabool Cemetery with Rev. Darrel Loughridge officiating. Pallbearers will be Bobby Brill, Keith Tate, Matt Gillett, Michael McCall, Steven McCall, Brent Honeycutt and Russell Lawson. Interment will be in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.