of Chelsea, Michigan, age 70, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home due to natural causes. He was born May 19, 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Walter William & Julia Irene (Barefield) Lawson.  Earnie attended Wayne Memorial High School, then served in the US Army during the Viet Nam war from June 1968 to June 1971.  He worked as an independent carpet installer.  Earnie loved fishing and was often seen riding his scooter around Chelsea in the last few years.
Survivors include his brothers, Wendell (Cindy) of Manchester, Wayne (Debbie) of Lima, OH, Ronnie (Debbie) of Marquette, and Donald (Pamela) of Belleville; three daughters, Julia Lawson of Garden City, Jamie Lawson of Westland, and Amy Martin of Ohio; two sons, Jacob and Adam, both of West Bloomfield; and several grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Duane.
A private visitation will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 29th.  Please call 734-475-1551 for information or to set up a time if you wish to come to the visitation.

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#4 Michele Tapp 2020-06-13 19:40
Ernie is my sister Jamie's Dad. He was always there for me since before I can remember. Treated me as his own. As a child I remember him coming to pick up my sister for the weekend and I would say to Ernie, "Erinie dad,(that's what I call him still to this day), can I go for weekend too?" And he always said yes. He would put me in the seat behind his driver seat, and I'd be so excited I'd keep saying "I'm going with Ernie Dad!" And I would be swinging my feet so much I'd kick his seat. He was one of the only people I could tell anything to and never have to worry about him judging me. I love and miss you Ernie Dad. Wish i could of visited him but I live in Las Vegas. He will always be missed.
#3 Yvonne 2020-05-31 20:00
I still don't believe that you are gone we just talked. I enjoyed our long conversations. I will always cherish the gifts you sent me. You were a AWESOME friend and you will be missed but NEVER forgotten. Fly high you sweet man. Your work is done here. GOD needed you for a much bigger job. RIP MY DEAR SWEET FRIEND
#2 Joe Folsom 2020-05-30 11:29
I knew Ernie from chat, I won't forget the stories about hi 'girls" and his scooter. Ha was a good friend
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
#1 Emma 2020-05-29 04:41
My thoughts and prayers for the family...He was a good friend to me and he will be truly missed!!

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