Obituary for Gary W. Lawson

Surrounded by his family, Gary Wayne Lawson passed away peacefully at his home in Purcellville, Virginia on July 27, 2011. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Linda Linhoss Lawson.

Gary was born March 4, 1945 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the son of the late Vernon Curtis and Dorothy Cassidy Lawson.

He was a devoted family man and arguably the world’s best granddad.

The owner of Circle Auto Body since the late 1970’s – he was an affiliate of the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association – and was highly respected throughout the auto body industry. He enjoyed golfing, classic cars, and was an avid football fan, holding season tickets to the Washington Redskins.

Gary was a member of the U.S. Army and served with distinction for three years in Thailand.

In addition to his wife, he is Survived by his mother “Dot” of Harrisonburg, VA; a daughter, Gina Lawson Burns and her husband, Terry of Purcellville, VA; a sister, Judy Lawson and her husband, George Dellyssee of Harrisonburg, VA; two brother-in-laws, Kenneth Linhoss and his wife, Judy and Charles Linhoss all of Harrisonburg, VA; and three grandchildren, Trevor Wayne Burns, Kylie Renee Jenkins and Tanner Michael Burns all of Purcellville, VA. 
A daughter, Stacey Michelle Lawson preceded him in death.

Family will gather for visitation from 6 – 8 P.M. Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 2, at the Enders & Shirley Chapel with Rev. Mike Minter officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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  1. Rita and Tommy LaVinus says:

    Linda and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers go out to you all . Gary was a great person and will be missed.

  2. Linda and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of Gary. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. “God only takes those who are ready”.

  3. Rick Dimsey says:


    The Dimsey family is very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary gave me my first good job at Circle Auto Body in Fairfax about 35 years ago. He paid me $125 a week! That was big money back in those days for a teenage Vienna boy and I will never forget how excited I was and what an impression that made on me. That also was the only time that my dad (Calvin Sr.), big brother (Ron), little brother(Calvin II) and I all worked together at the same place. We all liked Gary very much and he will be missed.

    I pray Gods peace and strength on you and your family,
    Rick Dimsey