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Craig B. Lawson

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Craig B. Lawson, 59, of Nacogdoches, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Medical City Dallas, after a 2 ½ year battle with esophageal cancer-a battle he fought honorably, courageously, and gracefully until the moment our Heavenly Father called him home to celebrate his victory over the cancer in heaven. Craig was born January 2, 1960 in Houston to Charles and Virginia Fountain Lawson. From a very early age, he showed an ability to do anything he set his mind to. Although he had no formal training or experience, nor did he read music, Craig had a deep connection to music. As a young teenager, he watched a local band holding auditions, and after several people tried out, he asked the upright bass player if he could audition and borrow his base. The man asked him how long he’d been playing, and Craig replied that this would be his first time. He played flawlessly, and the band offered him a spot playing guitar. Craig accepted, and immediately went to find a guitar so he could learn to play before the band’s next gig. A few years later, he set his sights on playing the fiddle and became a master of the art, playing professionally and recreationally with some of the most well known musicians of his time. Over the years, Craig refined his skills and style until he finally was an expert player of most stringed instruments. His music was his best and favorite communication tool. Without speaking a word, he could share his innermost feelings by way of the music he made. Craig had a long career in law enforcement, retiring as Captain after serving at city, county, and state levels heading up K-9 units. His love of animals, especially dogs, led him to eventually serve his country in Afghanistan directing K-9 drug/bomb detection units. Upon returning, he finished the necessary requisites achieving the coveted title of Kennel Master, the highest level of K-9 handlers of which only a handful of Americans hold. After retiring from police work and often alongside his day job as an officer before retirement, he had a diverse and colorful professional life including private investigation, chicken farming, chimney sweeping and 18-wheeler driving to name a few. One of his most favorite past times, besides fishing, was teaching anyone who asked any of his trades or skills. He loved learning far more than teaching making him a wonderful teacher of subjects not taught in school. Craig was well-known for his generosity, kindness, positive attitude and stubbornness. When he set a goal, he didn’t consider himself successful until surpassing it by far. He was also a great storyteller, captivating anyone listening with the pictures he painted with words. His stories were interesting and humorous with a healthy dose of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Almost all of them were true, however incredible they were.

Craig had a profound relationship with God, and helped countless others find their way to salvation through Jesus Christ. He spread the gospel in such a way that many people had nicknamed him “Preacher.” His most often used phrase was “Hallelujah, thank you Jesus”, he meant it every time. Craig leaves a legacy of love, kindness, humility and hope that will span many generations past his life. Those whose lives he directly touched and brought goodness to, will miss him greatly until we meet again.

Craig is survived by wife of 17 years, Sheila Ellis Lawson of Woden; daughter, Candace Lawson Gaudet of Watauga; son, Caleb Lawson and wife, Katlyn of Nacogdoches; bonus sons, Daniel Gates of Crockett, Jordan Gates and wife, Ashley of Pollok; grandkids, Halli Hunt, Braydon Gates, Elijah Lawson, Charles Rose; brother, Randy Lawson and wife, Linda of Crystal Beach; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lonnie and Bobbie Ellis of Crockett; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Johnny Stowe of Crockett, Terry and Wayne Yargo of Crockett, Robbie and Dana Goodson of Crockett, Cherie and David Mooneyham of Kennard; special great-nephew, Tanner DeGeer and many nieces and nephews who loved him with all their hearts.   He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Virginia Lawson; special aunt, Janie Marquise; grandson, Aidan Peterson; son-in-law, Daniel Gaudet; nephews, Joel Loyd, Johnny Frank Stowe, Jr., Devon Stowe.

Funeral services for Craig B. Lawson will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Rocky Hoch officiating. Interment to follow in Jim English Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be left at



  1. I am so very sorry for your families loss. I never got to meet him but what I read I know he was an awesome man. He loved his family so very much and through his music I know he touched so many lives… may he rest in peace now and smile down upon you all and you will see him through the sunshine.

  2. Sorry for your loss Prayers for comfort to family

  3. I’m so sorry for your Family loss , We will be Praying for y’all

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you all!

    Debbie, Chris, and Matthew Guy

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around the entire family to keep you all comforted & your hearts full of peace!

  7. I am so sorry your loss

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