Joel Wayne Laws


BLUE RIDGE, GA. - Joel Wayne Laws, 56, beloved son of Dell Rogers Laws and the late Russell Paul Laws, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003. Joel was born and raised in Newport News. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1965, Old Dominion University and Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. He enjoyed a career as a pharmacist in Georgia and Florida. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his cherished children, Jill Laws and Jeffery Laws, at home, his siblings, R. Paul Laws Jr. of Smithfield, Martha Nowygrod of Teaneck, N.J., Deborah Laws-Landis of Akron, Pa., and Philip J. Laws of Newport News. Other survivors include his aunts, Estalee Edwards of Carrollton, Irene Franks of Newport News, Geraldine Batchlor of Williamsburg and Pauline McKamey of Imboden, Ark., and his uncle, Doyce Rogers of Waynesville, N.C. Additional survivors include his stepchildren, Jimmy Larkins and Justin Larkins of Marietta, Ga., and Jennifer Larkins of Florida; and a nephew and five nieces. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon Friday, Oct. 10, at Peninsula Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at noon, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Charles K. Root of Noland Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 10/8/2003 - 10/9/2003.


I am so sorry to hear about Joel.  I attended Jackson School with him.  He was such a nice person - from elementary school through high school - always the same.  I remember going to his seventh grade party at his home on Huntington Avenue.  This is just too sad.  It's becoming more and more difficult to hear the news and saying goodbye.  It's so important for us to show the importance of keeping our friendships going.  I am probably not making much sense.  I am just sad.

Pauline Collins Shofner
Newport News, VA