Edward David Lawton, a resident of over 60 years at 15 Walnut St., Gloversville, died on Monday, October 7, 2013, in Morganton, NC, where he lived for the past two years. He was born on August 17,1922, in the town of Northampton, on a farm between the Fish Hatchery and Edinburg, which is now known as St. Clair Point Rd., to the late Etta Amanda Kirchen Lawton and Darwin Lawton. Edward graduated in 1941 from Northville High School. He served in the Army during WWII for over three years as a tank gunner.
He married Charlotte Sylvia Naish of Gloversville on February 22, 1948. They were married for 64 years when she passed away in 2012.
Edward worked at various jobs during his lifetime, Art Stone Company for 16 years and the City of Gloversville for 19 years in the Parks Department, where he retired as a foreman. He later took a part-time job at Sir William Johnson Historic House as groundskeeper for ten years and finally retired at age 73.
Edward David Lawton
Ed was an active member of Fremont St. United Methodist Church. Also, he was actively involved in the Fulton County American Legion. Edward belonged to the Northville American Legion Post #1076 for over 60 years, where he was Post Adjutant for over 50 years, besides being Post Commander and Fulton County Commander. He was past Chief De Gare of the Fulton County 40/8 Post #143 and the past president of the Stone Arabia Battle Chapter of the Son's of the American Revolution of Fulton County.
Edward loved to have a vegetable garden and worked around his yard in the summer along with traveling to various state campsites with his family. Ed liked to travel and visit friends and relatives. He spent the last several years staying with his children for the winter in FL, NC, SC, TX, and MD.
Survivors are his daughters Jill McCutchan of Pasadena, MD; Susan Hutchins of Gloversville, NY; son Jack Lawton and wife Inbok of Greenville, SC. Daughter Janie and husband Damon Saumell of Morganton, NC. Daughter Darcy and husband Joe Yingling of Houston, TX; his brother, David Lee Lawton of Amsterdam, NY and sister Mary Elizabeth Baird of Rochester, NY; seven grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Family and friends may visit the Northville Funeral Home on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for the viewing with a funeral service at 2 p.m. Following a military ceremony at the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville, there will be a reception at the First United Methodist Church on Main St. in Northville.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be contributed to the scholarship fund for Boy's and Girl's State C/o American Legion for Edward Lawton to Marilyn Greenhill PO Box 232, Northville, NY 12134. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.