Ruth Lawing

January 3, 2016

Ruth Garrison Lawing, 94, a rare Charlotte native, passed away peacefully at her home on January 3, 2016. Born April 28, 1921, she was the daughter of Thomas Roach Garrison and Ottilie Brandes Garrison. Ruth was predeceased in death by her loving husband, Banks Oliver Lawing.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Lawing Wilson and her husband, Charles and Lynne Lawing Thompson; three grandsons, Banks Philpott Wilson and his wife, Jessica Manner, Charles Hunter Wilson and John Charles Thompson. Separated by ninety years, she is survived by her precious great-granddaughter, Hayden Joy Griffin. She is also survived by the family of her loving brother (Thomas Roach Garrison, Jr., deceased): Ann Parker Garrison, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews Frances Garrison Murphy, Banks Garrison, Betty Garrison and Paul Garrison. Ruth grew up in Dilworth and attended Central High School before marrying and following her husband to Texas where he served in WWII. Besides her family and many friends, the two main anchors in her life were First Baptist Church, where she was an active lifelong member, and First Union National Bank, from which she retired in the early 1980s to spend time with her grandsons. Ruth was a kind, generous and loving wife, mother and friend, always thinking of and remembering others. Her welcoming smile and bright blue eyes drew people to her, and she kept them close for a lifetime.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016, at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to the service. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Phone: 704 641-7606

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