Sylvia Ann Lawson Barbee


Sylvia Ann Lawson Barbee, 83, of Athens, departed this life on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arnold Barbee Sr.; children, James Arnold Barbee Jr. and Sylvia Marine Payne; and her parents, Mary Ellen Lawson and Jack Lawson.

Survivors include her children, Dru Morgan, Woodrow Jackson Barbee, Phyllis Jeanett Ketchum and Reba Diane Barbee; grandchildren, Jamey Lavon Bradford, Katrina Inez Parks, Rebecca Charlean Oller, James Arnold Barbee III, Michael Dewayne Barbee, Joshua Leroy Barbee, Joseph Edward Payne Jr., Rafe Williams, Mary Ann Williams, Jennifer Morgan and John Luke Cofer; and several extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life and Homegoing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the funeral hour on Thursday.

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at



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