Erma Louise Williams Lawson, 89, of Martinsville passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Stanleytown Senior Care, Bassett, Virginia surrounded by her daughters. Erma was a member of Clearview Wesleyan Church. She was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as nanny where she gave life advice and instilled family values. She also enjoyed assisting her late husband (and love of her life) James Early Lawson with his business, Lawson’s Roofing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Martinsville. Erma was born in Martinsville on February 1, 1933 to the late Alva Lee Williams and Verdie Mae Crawford Williams. She is preceded in death by her husband, her mother, her father, two of her daughters Jo Ann Lawson Shelton and Barbara Sue Lawson, and her son in law Rev. Mike Shelton. She is survived by two daughters Brenda L. Souther of Ridgeway and Becky L. Patterson and her husband Bryan of Martinsville; Also Surviving are three grandchildren: Jamie Shelton and wife Shannon, LeAnn West and husband Chris, and James “Jay” Souther and wife, Melinda, and four great-grandchildren, Ella and Miller West, and Cade and Maverick Souther. A special thank you to Caregiver Jennifer Wade at Stanleytown Senior Care as well as all of the caregivers over the last years for the kindness, loving care, and friendship given to our mother. Her family also extends gratitude beyond measure to Mountain Valley Hospice. A private graveside service to celebrate her life was held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at RoseLawn Burial Park in Martinsville. Friends wishing to honor her are invited to make donations to Mountain Valley Hospice. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA. To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.