Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Obituary: Oliver Gene Lawless, 75

He was a member of a respected Adair County family, a graduate of Columbia High School and Eastern Kentucky University, an educator, and a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict

Oliver Gene Lawless, 75, Somerst, KY, died Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at his residence in the presence of his family.

The funeral service is Friday, December 12, 2008, at 11:30amET, at Pulaski Funeral Home in Somerset, KY, with Bro. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday, December 11, 2008, from 5:00pm to 8:00pmET at the funeral Home.

He was the son of the late Rev. O.D. And Stella Mae Chadwell Lawless. He worked as an educator with the Pulaski County School System for 27 years, was a graduate of Columbia High School and Eastern Kentucky University. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Jo Lawless, and three sisters, Marla Cook, Christine Rick Jacobs, and Aline Huddleston.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Joan Cole Lawless, Somerset, KY, and the following:
  • One son and daughter in law: Jeffrey Scott and Melanie Lawless, Somerset, KY

  • One grandson: Calder Lawless

  • Two sisters: Inez Pagala of McAllen, TX; and Sandra Frost, Columbia, KY

  • Several other relatives and friends
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Beacon Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.

This obituary information is a courtesy of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

Editorial input on this obituary is welcome for consideration by Photos, changes, list of casketbearers, and other additions are welcome. Current policy is to also post cards of thanks free of charge. Contact using Contact/Submit button

This story was posted on 2008-12-10 18:24:10
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
Located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia, KY.
To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone (270)-384-2149, or e-mail:
Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

G & G Monuments
Todd and Mandi Green and Jared Conover
1670 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. email:, 270-634-0359
First Quality Marble and Granite

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home
Established 1922 | 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY 42728 | Jeff Jessie, Owner
270-384-2145,, email


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.