C G "Chief" Lawler, age 88, passed away on September 23, 2008. He was born in Hodges, AL and has resided in Santa Rosa since 1957. He was a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with over 21 years of service. He served in WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon, Aircrew Insignia, Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also served during the Korean conflict. He also retired from the City of Milton.
Mr. Lawler is preceded in death by his wife, Mary C. Lawler. He is survived by two sons, Bob Lawler of Milton and Greg Lawler of Milton; two daughters, Carolyn (Chubby) Locklin of McLellan and Diane (Dale) Simmons of Milton; four grandchildren, Jeff (Carla) Locklin, Katie (Michael) Brandon,Steve (Carey) Locklin, Justin Simmons; nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, September 26, 2008 at McLellan Church of Christ with full military honors. Visitation will be from 1:00pm to 2:00pm prior to service. Honorary pallbearers will be James Manning, Wayne Dennis, Phillip Cohron, Aubrey Courtney, Eddie Mixon, Roy Jones, Jr., Randy Bass, and Roger Hardy. Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel in charge of arrangements. Friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 9/25/2008