ERWIN — Wilma Jean Laws, age 70, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her residence.
She was born in Knoxville, TN, and was a daughter of the late Ralph Buss and Ollie Mae Dockins. She moved to Erwin with her husband, Gene “Sonny” Laws, in 1958, and later moved to Charleston, SC, where she worked for the United States Government in the Naval Ship Yard until 2001.
She retired to Erwin in 2001 where she was a lifelong member of Love Chapel Christian Church. She and her family enjoyed camping in their motor homes, family fun out on the water, and staying at the lake in Charleston, SC, where they loved to ride Jet Skis.
In addition to her parents and husband, Wilma is preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Dockins; and her step-brother, Robert Oliver.
Wilma leaves behind: Daughter: Becky Hardin and husband, Norman, of Erwin; Sons: David Wayne Laws, of Jonesborough, Mark Allen Laws, of Erwin; Grandchildren: Bethany Laws, of Jonesborough, Eric Hardin, of Charlotte, NC; Sisters: Edna Miller, of Knoxville, Mildred Bohanan, of Knoxville, Kathy Robertson, of Alabama; Step-Brother: Bill Oliver.
The family would like to express a special thank you to two very special family friends that assisted in care, Gertha Laws and George Laws, and a special offering of gratitude to the Caris Staff; Mary Wheeler, CNA, Sandy Long, LPN, Theresa Doughty, CNA, Cindy Taliferd, RN, Craig B. Rhyne, RN, Bill Chandler, RN, and Barbara Peters, CNA.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jimmy Dockins will officiate.
Visitation with the family will be held on Friday from 1:00 PM until service time at Valley Funeral Home.
The committal service will immediately follow in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net.
These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Wilma Jean Laws through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin. 423-743-9187