"There is a reaper whose name is death;
And with his sickle keen
He reaps whom he will at a breath
He comes but cannot be seen."
In Iago (Wharton County), Texas, on August 27, 1917, a baby boy was born to Henry Laws, Sr. and Louisa Rutherford Laws. They named him Eugene Laws but he was affectionately called Genie by his family and friends. He was the second of nine children.
Genie grew up in the vicinity of Iago and attended school in Iago, Lane City and Wharton. He graduated from Wharton County Training School in 1937. He entered the Army and served his country as a soldier during World War II. He received an Honorable Discharge.
After his discharge he married the late Irene Davis and was father to three sons: Irvin, Archie Lee, Sr., and Harold.
Later in life he married Mildred Davis and became step-father to five children.
Genie worked for many years and retired as an ILA Maritime Longshoreman.
His church affiliations include: Old Bethlehem Baptist Church (New Gulf, Texas), First Union Baptist Church (Galveston, Texas), Galilee Baptist Church (Hitchcock, Texas), and Live Oak Baptist Church (Galveston, Texas).
Genie exemplified Christ as he lived because his life was a life of unselfish service and love for others.
At Live Oak he served as an usher, a member of the Prayer Team and as a cook for special services until his health began to fail.
We will comfort ourselves with many loving memories and hope. We thank God for allowing us to know and love him.
Genie was preceded in death by his parents and five younger siblings, Henry Lee Jr., Alvin Lee, Jessie Mae, Harry Sr., Carrie Bell and one step-daughter, Linda.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Mildred; sons, Archie Lee Sr., Harold, Irvin (Claudette); four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; step-children; Thelma, Robert Lee, Calvin (Angela) and Rush, Jr.; two sisters, Bessie Ann Duncan and Erma Jean Smith (Willie G.); one brother, Andrew Lee Laws, Sr.; generations of nieces, nephew, cousins and many close friends.
Visitation will be held at Wynn Funeral Home on Friday, January 11, 2008 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. followed by a wake from 6:00-8:00 p.m.at Live Oak Baptist Church, 1020 - 32nd Street.
The Homegoing Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at Live Oak Baptist Church. The Reverend Vernon Baines will officiate. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston.
Memorials cards and all other expressions of sympathy may be sent to Wynn Funeral Home, 602-32nd Street, Galveston, Texas; 409/621-1677.