Charles “Bill” Lawrence

Graveside  service for Charles W. “Bill” Lawrence, Sr., 74, formerly of Lawrence, will be  held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010  at Oak Hill Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at the residence of Michael Lawrence.   Mr. Lawrence died February 10, 2010 at Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook, Kansas. 
He was born on October 13, 1935 in Hobbs, New Mexico the son of Charles Ernest and Ora Mae (Robins) Lawrence. 

As a boy he attended school in Oak Ridge, TN for five years and later graduated from Shawnee Mission High School.  He attended the University of Kansas and was in the marching band.   He was President and owner of Lawrence Lumber & Supply, Inc. for 35 years.

He was a member of the Mid American Lumbermen’s Association, Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, KU Alumni Association, Williams Educational Fund and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.  He was an avid bowler and enjoyed boating at Perry Lake.

He married Barbara Richardson on August 17, 1957 in Lawrence, Kansas.  She preceded him in death on May 13, 1994.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Robert “Bobby” Ernest Lawrence.

He is survived by three sons, Charles W. “Chuck” and wife Carie, Marietta, GA; Richard C. “Rick” and wife, Marcell, Lawrence, KS; and Michael A. Lawrence rural Baldwin City, KS; One sister, Sarah A. Wille, Overland Park; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a niece, nephews, and many friends; and his beloved dog, Tiger.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

6 Condolences

  1. Lanny Langley on February 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Bill was a very close friend for over 30 years. We always made each other laugh a lot.
    I moved away 15 years ago and our only contact was by phone…almost always we talked about our favorite team the Jayhawks. One of the best memories of my life are the football and basketball games I was able to attend because my friend, Bill Lawrence, shared his tickets with me! Thanks again, Bill, for being a good friend. Lanny Langley

  2. Barbara Longwell on February 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Charles W. “Bill” Lawrence, Sr. family. May the family be surrounded by the presence of God, the love of family, and the comfort of friends. I will pray for you and for your family at this time. Much love and prayers to you, Barbara Longwell

  3. Carole Collister Kelly on February 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

    My sympathy and prayers go to the family of Bill Lawrence, Sr. Carole Kelly

  4. Suzy and Ray Trowbridge on February 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you all in your loss.

  5. Jan Crews on February 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    From our family to yours, we are saddened to hear of the death of Bill. Please acknowledge our love, prayers and sympathy to those of the family. God is with you. -The Crews Family

  6. Kay Rytting on February 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Chuck and Carie,
    I was saddened to read of the death of Chuck’s father. May you be blessed with comfort at this time. It is not easy to go through this experience. Hope all is well with you in your new home.

    Love, Kay Rytting

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