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Dortha Lawson


Dortha S. Lawson, age 84, of Harrodsburg, wife of Gene Lawson, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Baptist Health in Lexington.

Born Dec. 8, 1934, in Stanford, she was the daughter of the late Robert Pitts Sampson Sr. and Sally (Chestnut) Sampson.

She was a graduate of Rose Hill High School, co-owner of Lawson’s Jewelry, Church Women’s Fellowship, Friendship Circle, Goodwill Sunday School Class, Kentucky Colonel Bowling League, Lawson’s Jewelry Bowling League, Monday and Thursday night Local Bridge Clubs, was very active with the Lady’s Group of the Shriner’s because of her interest in the care of children, and was a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: one daughter, Dana (Lindsay) Rice of Versailles; two sons, David Lawson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlie Lawson of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Pauline Holloway of South Lebanon, Ohio, and Margaret Ann Baugh of Versailles; a half-sister, Elaine Clark of Covington, and a half-brother, William (Wanda) McQueen of West Chester, Ohio, and six grandchildren, Stephen (Elyssa) Rice, Anthony Rice, Susan Rice, Colton Lawson, Hannah Lawson and Hailey Lawson.

Dortha was preceded in death by two sisters, Eileen Lester and Katie Sallee; one brother, Robert Pitts Sampson Jr. and a half-brother, Marion Lynn McQueen.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24, at Harrodsburg Christian Church Disciples of Christ with Rev. Gaye Haralu officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Art Hembree, Terry Graham, Jackie Freeman, Kenny Wade, Bob Burchett and Bill Houston. Honorary bearers were the Christian Women`s Fellowship, the Friendship Circle, the Goodwill Sunday School Class, the Kentucky Colonel League, Wanda Tope, April Simpson and Lawson’s Jewelry Bowling Teams.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center of Lexington, Office of Philanthropy, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508 or to the Harrodsburg Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 305 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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