Henry Melvin Lawson, (80) fondly known as Mel went to his heavenly home on August 30, 2020. Mel was a native of Poquoson, VA until his retirement 16 years ago. He and his wife Shirley (Portie) moved to Mathews, VA for a quiet lifestyle. Mel and Portie were married for 61 years. He was a lifelong MASON with the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49. Mel enjoyed being outdoors and just piddling around. Mel loved to play golf but most of all he enjoyed being with his family and grandsons. He loved to watch them in all the sports they participated in and he was most definitely their biggest fan, maybe except for Granny.
He loved watching the boy’s drag race and road course race. Fast cars have always been a passion for him and he passed that love down to his sons and grandsons. He not only watched but was hands on with everything, even giving his opinion, which he thought was always right. Just ask Larry and Wayne. Mel known to his grandchildren as Muffin or Pedro was always there for them. They loved to just hang out together no matter the occasion. From oyster roasts to family cookouts, playing cornhole and golf, where ever they were is where he wanted to be. Being a TRUE Bull Islander watching his grandsons eat endless amounts of oysters brought him great pride. You could always see the PRIDE on his face as he looked at them. Family is what meant the most and he definitely made the most of it!
Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ethel Lawson and his sister, Nelda Moore.
Mel is survived by his wife Portie, his sons, Larry (Donna Bourbeau) and Wayne (Dana). Brother in law, Charlie Moore. Grandchildren, Dakota Lawson (Jennifer), Derrick Lawson (Holly), Keith Lawson (Andrea) and Courtney Denney (Chris). Great Grandchildren - Michael, Mia and Katie Lawson and Camden Denney. Also many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. There will forever be a hole without his presence and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We will cherish the many memories that we made and all the love that we shared.
There will be a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.
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