Haskel Douglas “Sonny” Laws
Published 11:15 am Monday, June 29, 2015
Haskel Douglas “Sonny” Laws, 80, of Butler, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015, at his residence with his family and his dog by his side.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Haskel Warren and Marie Saville Laws.
Mr. Laws served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, serving in the occupational forces as a Tank Commander. He received the rank of Sgt.
Mr. Laws was a former truck driver and a carpenter. His hobbies were working in his woodwork shop, walking his dog and going to his great-grandson’s football games. He was a member of Elk River Baptist Church and the American Legion, Mountain City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Bill, Bob and Benny Laws, and a son-in-law, Johnny Vines.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Jo Main Laws; three children, Sharon Asher and husband Wesley, Elizabethton, Sheila Woods and husband Roger, Hampton, and Sonya Hardin, Knoxville; five grandchildren, Brandy Trivett and husband Greg, Kristal Andrews and husband Greg, Samantha Meyer and husband Scott, Douglas Joseph “D.J.” Oliver and wife Whitney and John Wesley Hardin II; eight great-grandchildren, Jared, Kaleigh, Hannah, Bryceon, Shaelynn, Chayse, Dylan and Samson; a brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Loretta Laws, Mountain City; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bud Whitehead, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, his dog “Lucky.”
Funeral services for Haskel Douglas “Sonny” Laws will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brian Cable and the Rev. Charles Cable officiating. Music will be provided by Kristal and Greg Andrews. Graveside services and interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Lakeview Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at noon Wednesday, will be Roger Woods, Wes Asher, Greg Trivett, Greg Andrews, Scott Meyer, D.J. Oliver, Wesley Hardin and Jared Andrews. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Laws, Paul Campbell, George White and Bobby “Buzz” White. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Caris Hospice, especially Calamity Jane “Teresa,” Sarah and Ginger, for the excellent care he received. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Laws to the Carter County Humane Society, P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 37644. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at his residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at noon Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Laws family.