January 2, 2015
Date of Service: January 7, 2015
Interment Location: Garden of the Last Supper
Bobby Warren Laws, 85, Elizabethton, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 at the CLC Hospice Unit, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Haskell W. and Marie Blanche Seville Laws. The family moved to Butler, Tennessee when Bobby was six years old and lived most of his life in Carter County.
Mr. Laws served in the United States Navy Seabee’s during World War II, after being discharged; he worked for the TVA building Watauga Dam. He was a licensed Coast Guard Pilot and private Captain and Chauffeur for the late Carla B. Keys for many years. Retired as an electrician, having worked for several local Electrical Companies.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Paul, Benny, and Bill Laws.
He was of the Baptist Faith and had attended Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church in recent years.
Bobby was a member of the American Legion Post # 49, VFW Post of Manassas, Virginia and Island 2 Navy Seabees of Lakeland, Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years: Charlotte Babb Laws. Two Daughters: Kathy Laws Forbes and husband David, Hampton, Cendi Laws Smith of Hampton. Two Sons: Tony Laws and wife Karla, Indianapolis, Indiana, David Laws and wife Terri of Jacksonville, Florida. Three Step-Daughters: Karen Forbes Fisher, Hampton, Linda Forbes of Bristol, Virginia and special step-daughter and caregiver, Rosie Forbes Harwell and husband David of Bluff City. One Step-Son: Clyde Forbes and wife Jennifer, Elizabethton. One Sister: Betty Laws Whitehead and husband Bud, Johnson City. Two Brothers: Bud Laws and wife Loretta, Mountain City and Haskell “Sonny” Laws and wife Mary Jo, Butler. Special Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Sam & Helen Harrison, Elizabethton. Several cousins, nieces and nephews. 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Johnson and Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Charlie Trivette officiating. Music will be provided by Lisa Morgan and Jessica Smith. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday will be Grandsons: Jeremy Rouse, Jake Smith, Thomas Hamby, and Robbie Fritts, Lucus, Tommy Laws, Andy Glover, and Dakota Harwell. Honorary pall bears will be: Sam Harrison, Ikis Nave, Carl Harrison, Gene Laws, Carl Roberson, Randy Whaley, Rev. Jonas Revis, Jay Walsh, David Forbes, Shane O’Dell, James Forbes, Will Laws, Jim Carr, Brandon Estep, and Jacob Forbes. Military Honors will be provided by Crosswhite-Patton VFW Post # 6975, Bristol, Tn/Va.. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the wonderful staff and nurses for the great care received during Bob stay at the Community Living Center, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Laws family may be sent to our web site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Laws Family.