Virgil Elizabeth Lawson, 60, Social Security writer

April 17, 2003

Virgil Elizabeth Lawson, a retired Social Security Administration writer and former Mount Airy resident, died of colon cancer April 10 at her home in Harrison, Tenn. She was 60.

Miss Lawson was born and raised in Dryden, Va., and enlisted in the Navy in 1960 after her high school graduation. Upon completing active duty in 1967, she joined a Naval Reserve unit at Fort McHenry. She held the rank of yeoman at her 1980 retirement.

Miss Lawson attended what is now Towson University before earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Indiana University.

During the late 1960s, she worked in the general counsel's office of the Veterans Administration in Baltimore. She joined Social Security as an accounting clerk in 1973 at its Woodlawn headquarters, and helped write the agency's annual report.

In 1999, she was transferred to SSA's Office of Hearings and Appeals in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she wrote the decisions of the agency's administrative judges. She retired last year.

Miss Lawson was a member of the Chesapeake Unit of WAVES National, a nonprofit veterans organization whose female members served in the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ooltewah, Tenn.

She is survived by a brother, Frank M. Lawson of Gate City, Va., and several nieces and nephews.

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