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“My deepest sympathies go out to the Lawson family. Dale and Renee may God bless and keep you during this trying time. I always like Ron, he was a...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Marilyn Nickerson - Wilmington, DE

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Ronald was always such a kind person. When I was a kid he would sing and play for us in his garage. I always...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Lewis Hendrix - Antioch, CA

“I just learned of Ronald's death today. My condolences to the entire family. My fondest memories is when he was a Mondelo and I got to listen to...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Otistine Koontzy

“My sincere condolences to the Lawson Family. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Sandra Torres ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs. Lawson & Renee, Your husband and father has been like an Uncle to us (Denise, Marlene, Kenny and my late brother, Robert). We grew-up together...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Denise and Marlene Modkins - CA

“OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT THE LAWSON FAMILY AT THIS GRIEVING TIME. GOD BLESS! ~ THE ENTIRE BAGSBY FAMILY ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: COREY J. BAGSBY - PITTSBURG, CA

“Uncle Ron words can't explain how much I am going to miss you and your powerful voice. My heart is broken and I know that you are in a better place....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“YOU ARE IN GODS HAND NOW REST IN PEACE COUSIN,YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: MACK McCLOUGH - ANTIOCH, CA

“A powerful voice has been silenced. Rest in Peace Ronald J. We shall miss you. Fields Family ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: A friend


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Ronald Jean Lawson was born on January 9, 1940 in Martinez, CA and raised in Pittsburg, CA. He was the fifth child of eight born to the late Elliott and Donia (Morgan) Lawson. Ronald accepted Christ early in his life, uniting with First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, CA.

Ron attended schools in Pittsburg, CA and graduated from Pittsburg Senior High in 1967. He belonged to several singing groups, including the Mondellos with whom he recorded an album called "A Thousand Years from Today." The group toured throughout California, opening for Little Richard and serving as back-up for popular artists like Little Willie Littlefield and Charles Brown.

After graduation, Ron enlisted in the Air Force (1957-1960), where he toured Europe (Spain & Morocco) while pursing boxing and of course, his greatest passion singing.

Ron met Guindell (Dell) Ratliff in 1954 at West Garrison Summer Recreational Center. After a few years of courtship, they united in holy matrimony in 1961. Yes, 53 years ago!

After his tenure in the military, Ron was employed with U.S. Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. He also continued his education at Diablo Valley College (DVC). For many years, Ron worked for the City of Pittsburg and City of Concord, before retiring in 2002. He and Dell enjoyed traveling the world together, their Friday date nights (dinner & movie), camping, snow trips with the kids, and relaxing while fishing. When the grandkids arrived, Papa Ron insisted on them learning how to fish and bait their own hooks. He spent a lot of time running around at the beckoned call for his grandkids. Whenever they called, he would come.

As a dedicated member of Stewart Memorial C.M.E. for the past 25 years, Ron was able to communicate his love of singing by devoting his time and talent to the church. In addition to singing in all the church choirs, he was active in the Men's Ministry and served as a trustee, responsible for taking care of the church property. He was dependable and always willing to assist, as the words "no" or "I don't know how" was never a part of his vocabulary.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents: Elliott and Donia; three sisters: Juanita, Evelyn and Carrie; one brother, Lawrence; and his only son, Ronnie.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his loving and devoted wife, Guindell; daughter Renee (Ahmad) of Oakley, CA ; three brothers; Elliott (Erma) of Hayward, CA, Henry (Sharon) of Dallas, TX, and Paul of Pittsburg, CA; one aunt, Bobbie of Detroit, MI; 10 grandchildren; eight great-children; one god son; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and loved ones.