Robert Wesley Lawing, 58, of Charlotte, NC passed away on May 6, 2010 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was the youngest of three children born to Thomas R. Lawing, Sr. and Catherine H. Lawing. He was a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School and N.C. State University and second-generation Realtor and Certified Property Manager (CPM) with T. R. Lawing Realty for 36 years.
An Eagle Scout, Bob believed in community service. He was a lifetime member of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church where he served as Youth Counselor, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lay Speaker, Sunday school teacher (20+ years) and Maitre de at the annual Mothers Day Banquet among other leadership positions.
Bob was a life member of the Queen City Optimist Club, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Aldersgate Retirement Community, past local president of the local Institute of Real Estate Management chapter and Instructor on property management with the N.C. Real Estate Foundation (20+ years). He was the 1985 IREM Manager of the Year and 1996 GRI Instructor of the Year.
But Bob was always a sportsman and his true love was officiating. At the age of 14, he volunteered as a Little League Umpire in the Myers Park Trinity Little League program and continued in college to earn spending money officiating volleyball, football and basketball games in the N.C. State University Intramural Department.
Bob was a N.C. High School football & basketball official (20+ yrs), Big South and ACC basketball official (10 yrs) and Southern Conference football official (7 years). He joined the ACC football staff in 1992 and worked 3 post-season bowl games before joining the National Football League (NFL) as Back Judge #17 in 1997 where he worked 2 bowl games and 6 playoff games over the next 12 seasons.
Bob was devoted to his family and will be deeply missed by many. In addition to his parents, Bob is survived by his wife of 35 years; their daughter and son-in-law, their son; 2 grandsons; his brother and sister-in-law, his sister and brother-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family & friends.