Well known Lake area figure passes away

Courtesy: Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home
Courtesy: Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home

Courtesy of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home:

Mr. William Burton Lawton

June 2, 1927 – February 2,2012

SULPHUR--- Funeral Services for William Burton Lawton, 84, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012 in Henning Memorial United Methodist Church in Sulphur, Louisiana.  The service will be officiated by Rev. Doug Cain and Rev. Fred Wideman.  Burial will be at Mimosa Pines Cemetery South in Carlyss under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be in Henning Memorial United Methodist Church on Friday, from 4-8 p.m.

Mr. Lawton died peacefully on Thursday, February 2, in his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Lawton was a lifelong resident of Sulphur, Louisiana.  He was a graduate of Sulphur High School and a member of Sulphur's first state championship football team in 1943. He attended the University of Texas and thereafter served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.  Mr. Lawton served as Chairman of the Board of the Calcasieu Marine National Bank and as President of the William B. Lawton Company.  He enjoyed his many years of service as Chairman of the William T. And Ethel Lewis Burton Foundation. Mr. Lawton was a lifelong supporter of education and numerous athletic programs including, Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, as well as every high school in the Lake Charles area. Mr. Lawton believed in giving back to his community and to those in need; many of his generous gifts and efforts were anonymous. His philanthropy extended to local hospitals and many other worthy causes. He considered charitable contributions as one of his greatest joys.

Mr. Lawton was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Jean Gay Lawton, the mother of his children, and by his second wife, Linda Lea Barnes Lawton.  He was also preceded in death by his great-grandson, Christopher Truax and great-granddaughter, Maggie Truax.

Mr. Lawton was the son of J. A. "Pally" and Evelyn Burton Lawton and was the grandson of William Thomas "W.T." and Ethel Lewis Burton.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Shirley Frenzel Lawton; his two daughters, Evelyn Gay Lawton Duhon and husband Mike, and Linda Lawton Drost and husband Mitch; his brother, Jack Lawton Sr. and wife, Dorothy; his nephew, Jack Lawton Jr. and wife, Holly.

His survivors also include his grandchildren, Mary Margaret Duhon Harper and husband J.C., Katherine Duhon Smith and husband Rod, Evelyn Michelle Duhon Truax and husband, Christopher, Will Drost and wife, Ann, and Desiree Drost Brame and husband Brock; and numerous great grandchildren, Bayne Smith, Jake Smith, Lexie Truax, Tatum Truax, Annaleigh Drost, Charlie Drost, Gigi Brame, Belle Brame, Sabrina Brame, Michael Harper and Emma Harper; stepchildren, Leigh Riquelmy Niel, Gregory Goltzman and wife Rhonda, Kelly Enos Swonson and husband Jack, Tracy Enos McAlpine and husband David, and Scott Enos and wife Amy; and step-grandchildren,  Reagan Riquelmy, Rhett Riquelmy, Annabelle Goltzman, Grayson Goltzman, Fraser McAlpine, Grayson McAlpine, Chloe Enos, Caroline Enos, and Catherine Enos.

Pallbearers are Will Drost, Mitch Drost, Mike Duhon, Jack Lawton, Jr., Rod Smith, J.C. Harper, Brock Brame and Chris Truax.

Honorary Pallbearers are Scott Enos, David McAlpine, Fraser McAlpine, Grayson McAlpine and Jack Swonson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial be made to Henning Memorial United Methodist Church or to the charity of one's choice.

The Lawton family gratefully thanks Dr. Craig Broussard for providing exceptional care and support as well as Mr. Lawton's nurses, Tresa Leger, Lisa Franklin, Mercy Riley, Jameel Robinson and Sam Palfrey.  The family acknowledges Chris and Loretta Vincent with special gratitude. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.