It's a Sad Day in DeFuniak Springs

After serving the city for 21 years, Mayor John Lawson has passed away.

The city's long time mayor died Monday morning after a short battle with cancer.

The 87-year-old Lawson had served as Mayor for the past 14 years. Prior to that, he was first elected as a DeFuniak Springs City Council member back in 1983.

His current term doesn't end until April of next year and no decision has been made on a replacement.

City Manager Mike Stardley called Lawson an outstanding community servant who will be missed by all.