Tahlequah Daily Press

October 23, 2013

Tommy Reese Lawley


TULSA — Tommy Reese Lawley

TULSA – Tommy Reese Lawley, a retired firefighter, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the age of 65 in Tulsa. Tommy was born Dec. 11, 1947, in Tahlequah, to Samuel Andrew and Betty Jo (Cookson) Lawley.

Tommy was a decorated veteran of the United States Army and of the Vietnam conflict.

Tommy is survived by his mother, Betty Jo Lawley; his wife, Charlotte Frances (Walker) Lawley; children, Tommy Reese Lawley Jr. and wife Traci and their children, Tyler, Rowdy, Abby, Reese, Marylin and Tommy E. and grandson Aedan;  Charles Walker Lawley and wife Marcie and their children, Walker, Eli, Matt and John;  Kevin McCracken Lawley and wife Shannon and their children, Kaylea and Kannon; and Kaylene Frances (Lawley) Hale and husband Joe and their children, Garrett and Sara; three brothers, Robert Lawley and wife Nola, Andy Lawley and wife Valarie, and Joe Lawley and wife Karen; father- and mother-in-law, O’Neil and Betty Walker; two brothers-in-law, Randy Walker and wife Virginia, and David Walker and wife Chris. The family would like to acknowledge numerous beloved nieces and nephews and special friends, J.E. and Thelissa Williams and family and Santos and Hope Lopez and family.

He was preceded in death by Grannie and Grandpa Cookson and Grannie and Grandpa Lawley.

Tommy met the love of his life, Charlotte, in 1965. When he returned from Vietnam, the couple married 11 days later on March 14, 1969. Throughout the years, their love continued to grow and strengthen with the birth of their children and grandchildren. Their love epitomized Mark 10:9, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Tommy enjoyed driving his tractors, fishing with his buddy, farming and spending time with his family and friends.

He looked forward to eating out with his brother every Friday and Saturday night and having Sunday lunch at his mother’s house. He also enjoyed hunting treasures at flea markets and attending fur and feather swaps and exotic animal sales.

Tommy was always known to have a smile on his face and to have never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Services will be Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Levi Cookson Cemetery in Tahlequah, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association: http://www.kidneycancer. org/.