Cyron and Patricia Lawson

June 1, 2021
South Charleston, WV

Cyron and Patricia Lawson

Cyron Tanner Lawson, 79, and Patricia Ann Emmer Lawson, 77, both of South Charleston, WV, passed away on June 1, 2021 in an automobile accident near their home.

Cyron and Patricia met in Atlanta, Georgia while he was attending Georgia Tech and she was at Agnes Scott College. They have been college sweethearts ever since. They were members of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Charleston and are survived by their children, Matthew and Debbie Lawson both of South Charleston.

Cyron, was born in Spartanburg, SC to the late Adolphus Lawson and Mary Tanner Lawson. He was a Chemical Engineer and retired from Dow Chemical, formerly Union Carbide.  Cyron is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Lawson of Spartanburg, SC as well as nieces and nephews.

Cyron was an avid soccer enthusiast and traveled to England on several occasions to watch matches.

Patricia, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana the only child to the late Lloyd Emmer and Emily Gerde Emmer. She was retired from Kanawha County Schools where she was the Librarian for Alum Creek Elementary School. Patricia is also survived by her cousin, Kevin Pichon and children.

Tish enjoyed her weekly book club, was an avid reader. She took water aerobics classes for several years and was an avid walker. She also helped with Meals on Wheels. She truly enjoyed her trips to the symphony and visiting the Clay Center.

Tish and Cyron were founding members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in South Charleston. There they both served on the vestry, taught Sunday school, served on the alter, and Cyron was the treasurer and accountant. They both trained acolytes and members to serve on the alter. When All Saints’ merged with four other Episcopal churches to form Saint Christopher, Tish and Cyron continued as vestry members, alter guild, teaching Sunday School, and Tish served as the fellowship committee chair, which provided weekly coffee hour brunches after the services as well as providing receptions for various events. They both served as readers for services. They truly loved their church and worked tirelessly behind the scenes not drawing attention to themselves.

Both Tish and Cyron were world travelers and enjoyed seeing new places and making new friends. They will truly be missed not only by their children but their church family as well.

Friends may visit from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

A private memorial service to Honor the Lives of Cyron Tanner and Patricia Ann Emmer Lawson will be held at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Charleston, WV.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 821 Edgewood Drive, Charleston, WV  25302.

Memories may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.  Arrangements are in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

6 replies
  1. Kanawha Co. Retired School Employees says:

    The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

  2. Ron & Janet Rawther says:

    We were greatly saddened to learn of the deaths of our friends Cyron & Tish. We shared many good times with them at the Chad’s meetings and picnics. Janet was in a stock club with Trish and ron was a fellow Carbider. We hope you find comfort in their positive lives and faiths. Ron & Janet Raether

  3. Judith Bowen Romano says:

    Prayers of comfort for family and friends -we were neighbors on Country Club Blvd.

  4. Simon & Liz says:

    Dear Debbie & Matt,
    For 15 years, we shared many happy times with you & with Cyron & Tish, both in Charleston & in Canaan Valley. We can’t take away your feelings of great loss, but we know that you have many joyful moments that will sustain you. We deeply regret that we are unable to be with you today,
    Simon & Liz

  5. Manuk and Leda Colakyan says:

    My wife Leda and I are deeply saddened with the passing of our friends Cyron and Tish. Cyron and I were both members of the Chemical Technology Group at Union Carbide and worked together for many years. Please accept our deepest condolences. Manuk Colakyan

  6. Carol Miley says:

    I was saddened to learn of my friend Pat’s accident and death. She was a wonderful fellow librarian for many years in KCS system. I know her to be dedicated, loyal, and dependable. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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