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Thomas Frank Laws

September 16, 2018

Thomas Frank Laws, age 83, of the Heaton Community, passed away on Sunday, September 16th, 2018.  A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Ranzy and Sally Carver Laws and husband of the late Linda McCurry Laws, who passed away in 2003.   He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Sudie Howell and Nell Jennings and brothers:  Chester, Paul and Hoyle Laws. 

            He was a US Army Veteran, having served in the 101st Airborne Division from 1957 - 1959,  327th Infantry Division, Company C.   In the military he was one of the "Eisenhower Boys" and still holds the record at Fort Campbell Rifle Range as Champion Shooter.   Tom was a 32nd Degree Mason - Scottish Rite and member of the Cranberry Lodge #598 A.F.&A.M.  He loved entertaining, caretaking, fellowshipping and feeding people.  He enjoyed cooking, owning two restaurants in the area the last being The King Of The Road Restaurant after retiring as a Correctional District Manager with the NC Department of Corrections.  Other than owning restaurants, he owned a gas station, car lot, sawmill, two mobile home parks and was a heavy equipment operator.     

            Surviving is his daughter, Tommie Deyton and husband, Steve, of Old Beech Mountain;  sons:  Paul Laws and wife, Glenda, of Heaton and Joseph Laws and wife, Chelsea, also of Heaton;  grandchildren:  Emily Deyton,  Steven Deyton, Alyssa Laws, Loranzy Laws and Blaine Laws;  brother, Sam Laws and wife, Janice, of Curtis Creek and sister-in-law, Erma Laws of Lindside, WV.   Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends also survive.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd in Heaton Christian Church of which  he was a member.  Pastor Paul Cole will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Pat Ray Post #4286.  The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the services at the church.

            In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Heaton Christian Church Cemetery c/o Sam Laws at 1520 Curtis Creek Road, Elk Park, NC 28622.  

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