Benwilliams Lawson entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday March 26, 2014 after a week of hospitalization at Lancaster General Hospital. He lost his earthly battle with chronic back pain and cardiomyopathy and is now pain free in the arms of our Lord and Savior.
He was born in Philadelphia on February 24, 1939 and attended Shoemaker Junior High School and Dobbins Vocational High School. He obtained an Associate Degree of Engineering at University of Maryland and Temple University.
As a youngster, he had as a Big Brother, John B Kelly, brother to Grace Kelly, and knew the Kelly family well. He always said “Grace was even lovelier in person”.
After study at St. Wendell in Germany, he entered the United States Army as a Chaplain. He later transferred to the 82nd Airborne Group where he served in Lebanon, Germany, Laos and Vietnam. Severely wounded on more than one occasion, Ben was recipient of three Purple Hearts, multiple Bronze and Silver Stars and other Medals of Honor.
Ben was a very dedicated and hard worker all of his life and helped many people along the way. He had an almost photographic memory for faces, facts and dates and a strong knowledge for The United States of America and The European history. Ben had a very special regard for the Jewish Nation of Israel and admired her people. He was always ready to defend the underdog and despised injustice. Betrayal by word or deed was not tolerated. Benwilliams Lawson served his country, our country to protect and defend our freedoms with the upmost honor and dignity. Ben was heartbroken over the current path of our country.
In his later years, Ben enjoyed sitting behind the counter of his place of business, The Old Wood Shed in Intercourse and meeting tourist from all over the world. He could speak conversational Italian, German and Japanese. When provoked, he would speak Philadelphia-ese, which he practiced as a Philly Cab Driver during his Temple College years. He also taught himself Sign Language to communicate with a deaf friend. He was not a sports fan; however, he was influenced early in life by his Uncle Teddy who taught Voice to Julius La Rosa. Ben could tell you the story of every opera and enjoyed listening to Classical music especially his favorite composers: Verdi and Beethoven.
Ben leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Julia Ann Keener Lawson to whom his devotion and allegiance never wavered. She was the fortunate recipient of all his focus, compassion and energy from the very beginning to the end of their married life. There was never a doubt that his wife, Julie, was his whole world.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Pequea Evangelical Church, 5482 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rte. 340) Gap, Pa with Reverend Gregory Dimick officiating. A visitation will be 9am – 10am. Interment will be in the Intercourse UM Cemetery following the service.
Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Ben’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to Pequea E.C. Church at the above address.