Assistant Manager and LA Licensed Funeral Director
Mr. Lawson, a native of Columbia, South Carolina began his calling in funeral service at the tender age of twelve years old and is the youngest of six children. As a student at Hopkins Middle School and Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, South Carolina, Cedrick spent many afternoons and weekends, working at Columbia's Premier, Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home, under the guidance of Mr. Willie A. Tompkins, where he received high school credit under the School to Work program. Cedrick continued to pursue his dream throughout high school of becoming a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Upon graduating from Lower Richland High School in 2002, Cedrick relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he gained employment with Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home, under the leadership of Reverend Raleigh Rucker.
In 2005, Cedrick returned to South Carolina and joined the J.P. Holley Funeral Home family where he served in various capacities in and around the funeral home. He implemented and organized many community projects bridging the gap between the funeral home and the communities they served. Cedrick, a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, Georgia, February Class of 2009 became National Board Certified by the International Conference Examining Board for Funeral Service in both Arts and Science immediately following graduation in March of 2009.
In January 2016, Cedrick joined Central Texas Mortuary Management, Temple, Texas, as an Embalmer/shift leader, which allowed him the opportunity to work hand in hand with local, state, military and other government officials as it related to funeral services. While in Texas, Cedrick also received his Funeral Director's License after completing his provisional with Brandford-Dawson Funeral Home, in Temple, Texas.
In May 2017, Cedrick received his Sea Burial Certification from Capt. Brad White, with New England Burials at Sea. This certification is allowable in order to coordinate and perform burials at sea for cremains or full body dispositions. In July 2017, Cedrick received his designation for Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. This designation represents Cedrick's commitment to not only his profession, but also to the families that we are so privileged to serve. Cedrick is currently a candidate for his Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Service Management, with Mid-America College of Funeral Service, spring class of 2018.
Cedrick's close-knit family includes his father, Charles Lawson, a retired engineer. His former Pastor, Reverend Raleigh Rucker, instilled in him the motto, "Never Look Down on Anyone Unless You Are Reaching Down To Help Them" and his God parents, Richard and Karen Swann of Swann's Mortuary, Sebring, Florida, instilled in him their motto: "Always Keep God First and Stay Humble."
A vivid Georgia Bulldog fan, Cedrick, enjoys traveling, fishing, reading, and most of all listening to sermons from various pastors. Spending time with family and friends is always a highlight of his travels. Cedrick is an associate member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and a member of the 40 Under Auxiliary.