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Gregory "Greg" Edward Lawton
December 24, 1950 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Gregory “Greg” Edward Lawton, 72, of Greensboro, GA passed away peacefully on August 18, 2023 at his home at Reynolds Lake Oconee. Greg was born on December 24, 1950 in Cape Elizabeth, ME to Barbara Willard Lawton and H. Cranston “Cran” Lawton. Greg attended Conard High School in West Hartford, CT and graduated from St. Lawrence University, Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors in Political Science and Economics in 1972. Greg also served in the United States Army and was Honorably discharged. He met his wife, Anna (Felmly) after SLU. They were married in May, 1976 and welcomed their son, Nathaniel “Nate” Willard Lawton in November, 1978.
After graduating from St. Lawrence, Greg began an illustrious career in the Consumer Products industry, with Procter and Gamble. During his 22 years with P&G, Greg rose in the executive ranks to become Vice President of Facials and Feminine Hygiene & Incontinent products. From 1994 through 1997, Greg was the President & CEO of Nutone, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Greg capped off his amazing career as President & CEO of Johnson Diversey in Racine, WI from 1998 to 2006.
In retirement, Greg has maintained his professional contacts and interests through Boards of Directorship. He has been on the Boards of General Cable Corporation in Highland Heights, KY, American Trim in Lima, OH and Stepan Company, a specialty chemical company in Northbrook, IL. Greg has made major contributions to these Boards in the areas of compensation, governance and succession planning.
Greg and Anna retired to Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro in 2006 and became very active members of their community. They have been patrons of the Oconee Performing Arts Society, the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and various other charitable organizations in Greene County. The Lawton Family Scholarship Fund was the legacy project that Greg developed in partnership with Atlas Ministry, Inc. The Family scholarships support Greene County high school Seniors and their families with meaningful financial assistance and mentorship through their college careers. The Lawton’s to date, have offered scholarships to 25 students from Greene County, with a commitment to complete 10 full years of gifting to “inspire to aspire”.
Greg and Anna have traveled the world, both before and during retirement. In addition, they are avid golfers, active in entertainment, have donated their home for various charitable events and Greg is renowned for his Maine lobster steams, poolside at their home at Reynolds.
Greg is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Anna, his son Nate and daughter-in-law, Jill Warm Lawton, his three grandsons, Chase Willard, Brady Webb, and Gregory William, all of Newport Beach, CA and his sister, Alice Lehmann and her husband Bill of Concord, MA.
A Celebration of Greg’s Life will be held on Saturday, September30th at noon, at the Linger Longer Pavilion, 3321 Linger Longer Road, at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA. Pastoral Minister Becky Matheny will officiate. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at the service site. All are invited to attend. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: The University of Cincinnati Foundation for the support of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, P.O. Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219-9970 & Atlas Ministry, Inc, C/O the Lawton Family Scholarship Fund, 1560 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.