Perry Hoke Lawing, age 90, entered into eternity on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
Perry grew up in Forest City, North Carolina. He was one of seven children of Claude and Eva Lawing. He attended school in Forest City, graduating from Cool Springs High School in 1953. He attended Mars Hill College where he was a pitcher for the Mars Hill Mountain Lions. Perry was drafted into the United States Army where he served for two years in Van Nuys, California. After his service years, he worked for George Holland Automotive in Forest City towing cars from Michigan into North Carolina. Perry began his banking career with Marion Bank & Trust Company. He then worked with Northwestern Bank and BB&T Bank. He attended the N.C. School of Banking at Chapel Hill University during this time. Perry retired from BB&T to become the City Executive for Community Bank of Marion. After working with Community Bank for two years, he acquired his real estate license and was associated with Clark Realty of Marion.
Perry was pre-deceased by his parents, Claude and Eva Lawing; one brother, Hugh; two sisters, Ethel Bridges and Verlie Leatherwood. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty; his son, Mike and wife Iris; daughter, Cathy Silver and husband Jeff; four grandchildren; Caitlin and husband Tyler, Jenna, Elijah and Isaac who lovingly called him PawPaw; brother Claude, sister Carolyn E. Wood, brother Morrison (Shirley); many nieces and nephews who looked to Perry as a father figure and loved him dearly, many dear friends and acquaintances.
Perry will be remembered for his jovial personality, love for his grandchildren, his abundant garden and his love for the game of golf. In 2003, he made two holes in one during the same round at Marion Lake Club.
A service of remembrance will be held at Glenwood Baptist Church on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 3:00 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 until 3:00. The United States Army will provide military honors. In lieu of flowers, because of much dedication to their community and medical care for Perry (and that one small chimney fire), memorials may be made to the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1745 Old US Highway 221 S., Marion, NC 28752.