Derrick Demetrius Lawson was born on April 18, 1980 in Norfolk, Va. to the late Curtis Herring & Rita Lawson. Derrick graduated from Norfolk Preparatory High School in 1998. After high school, Derrickworked many different jobs and worked at his last job Tidewater Staffing for many years. At Derrick’s last job he helped a lot of people with getting employment and he took pride in doing what he loved to do.
Derrick had a love for his motorcycle, crabbing, cooking on the grill and spending time with his family. Derrick was a great father and step father. Derrick loved spending time with his nephews. Derrickwas a well rounded individual who would do what he could to lend a helping hand. Derrick loved his family.
Derrick departed his life on 4/13/18. He leaves to cherish his memories- his dear mother, Rita Lawson, 4 brothers, Roderick Lawson (Ginny), Curtis Lawson both of Norfolk, Va., Antonio Spain (Veronica) of North Carolina, & Curtis Williams of Georgia, one step sister, Trenelia Owens of Norfolk2 sons, Jirah Johnson & Isaiah Shoulders; 2 step sons, Kharee & Zykier Johnson; fiancé Sauda Johnson; special friends, Rick, Markita,Myron, & Bernie. Derrick leaves a lot of Aunts & Uncles who adored him-Cora Holmond, Nancy Weatherless, Keith Taylor, Arlethia Lawson-Watson, Ronald Bell, James Lawson, Stephanie Brown, James Melvin Lawson Jr. , Yvette Bias, Terrashae Burgos, Marva Tatem, Joseph Lawson, Natika Woods, Tasha Jordan, James Jordan, Jasmine & Kayla Welch. He leaves a host of nephews, cousins, nieces and many close friends.
Predeceased by: his father Curtis Herring, maternal grandparents, Florine Grooms & James Melvin Lawson Sr.; paternal grandparents, Charles & Evelyn Herring.