Loretta O. Lawson

Sunrise: February 15, 1947

Sunset: November 8, 2019

Loretta (Ms. Coochie) Lawson was born on February 15, 1947 to Hammie and Christine Lawson in Camden SC. Loretta was educated in the Chesapeake Public School system.

A devoted mother and grandmother, she was the rock of her family as well as a respected pillar of the community.

Loretta loved spending time with her family and friends, shopping (Thrifting),Volunteering, and serving the Oak leaf Forrest Community where she lived for over 50 years. Loretta serviced her community through acts of service, on any given day you could find her selling candy in an effort to support local charities as well as tending to children.  Loretta was well known and loved throughout the community. Her heart was pure as gold and she would often make personal sacrifices to help others.

Loretta departed this life on Friday November 8, 2019, she is survived by  one son, Craig Lawson of Honolulu, Hi; two granddaughters, Cinnamon Harrison  of Norfolk, VA, and Kyona Lawson of Honolulu, Hi; two brothers Joseph Lawson, Clarence Lawson, and three sisters, Francine Nichols, Irene Overton, and Geneva Fallis all of Chesapeake, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to American Diabetes Association.

Viewing Thursday, November 14, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERIVCE LIVE ONLINE Friday, November 15, 2019 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23504

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    Tamara Arms says

    Irene and Cinnamon,
    I’m sorry for the loss of your sister and grandmother. It was my pleasure to have gotten to know you all while she was at our PACE center. My sincere condolences to you all and I will be praying for you.
    I’m no longer living in Virginia and won’t be able to attend the services but she will always be remembered. If at all possible could you please send a program to PACE for me. Thank you so much.
    Love you Miss Irene and Cinnamon.
    Tamara Arms (former Secretary of PACE)

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    Cassandra Smith says

    To my friend, even tho I haven’t heard from you in a while but I often thought of you. May you RIH.

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      Doris Wingate and Family says

      To mrs.Francine Nichols and family of Loretta Lawson stand on the word of God that Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal . Let the beautiful memories of Ms. cookie live on in your hearts (she was such a caring person) Paying for you

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    DeVida Spencer Oakleaf Tmc President says

    Ms. Coochie was a Jewel in Oakleaf…may God give you all strength & understanding…Oakleaf has loss a true Legend ?? #candylady

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