Mrs. Martha Usry Lawson of Clemson, SC, widow of Wendell W. Lawson, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, on February 17, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Solomon E. (“Pete”) and Mary Eula Usry.
She was a graduate of the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in Atlanta and began her nursing career in the labor/delivery ward at Ft. Jackson base hospital in Columbia where she worked for four years while Wendell attended pharmacy school. Upon his graduation, the family moved to Clemson. She continued working as a nurse for several years in positions at Cannon Hospital, Laurel Hill Nursing Center and then concluding as the director of nurses at Clemson Downs when their healthcare facility opened in 1980.
Shortly after this, her career took a major detour when she purchased Playtime Learning Center and she became “Mama Lawson” to so many children in Clemson for many years as well as an employer and friend to many through her business.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist of Clemson for 56 years. She loved her Sunday School class, singing in the choir, her family, shopping, the Clemson Tigers and especially children.
Surviving are her children, Michael A. Lawson (Elizabeth) of Easley; Julie L. Taylor (Larry) of Walhalla, David B. Lawson (Shelley) of Pickens; grandchildren, Nicholas C. Jennings (Kimbra) of Boiling Springs, Caroline B. Lawson of Florence, M. Cameron Lawson (Sarah) of Rock Hill, Alan P. Leddon (Monica) of Walhalla; great-granddaughter, Finleigh C. Jennings of Boiling Springs, and sister, Barbara Usry Johnson (George C.) of Augusta, Georgia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 51 years and her brother, William G. (Jerry) Usry of Athens, Georgia.
A special thank you to the caring staff of Clemson Downs and Agape Hospice.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial donations to the Clemson First Baptist Church Music Ministry Program at 397 College Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631.