Joshua Lewis Laws Sr. was born on April 1, 1925 and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He passed away in Oakland on Jan. 7 after a lengthy illness.
Following his induction into the U.S. Army on July 5, 1943, Laws was trained to be a military longshoreman. He was deployed to the South Pacific Theater, where he was engaged in military activities against enemy forces in the Bismarck – Archipelago Islands, the Solomon Islands and the Philippine Islands.
His decorations and citations included the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars; the Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star; and the World War II Victory Medal.
He returned to Lake Charles after he was honorably discharged in January 1946, and he married the former Dorothy May Williams on Aug. 20, 1948. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to San Francisco, California where their three children – Linda Faye, Cheryl Ann and Joshua (“Jay”) Jr. were born and where Joshua worked as a mail carrier.
Up until the onset of his last illness, Laws was active in the American Legion, serving as chaplain of the 10th District Post; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Voiture Nationale (La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Stanley Laws and Ellen Scott Laws; his brothers, Henry Joseph Laws and Horace Laws; his sisters, Evelyn Laws Daniels and Grace Laws Wheatley; and three sisters who died as infants.
His wife Dorothy also predeceased him. He leaves to mourn his passing his daughters Linda and Cheryl; his son Joshua Jr.; the children, spouses and progeny of his brother Henry and his sister Grace; numerous cousins and “near-relatives;” military veteran comrades and a host of close friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home in Oakland, with burial immediately following at the National Memorial Cemetery in Dixon, CA.