Horace Lawrence Sr. went home to glory with his family by his side on March 9, 2019 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Verna Mae Warren and Ruby Lawrence, Early in life, he joined the United States Army serving from 1943-1946. Later he became owner/operator of Shady Side and Lawrence’s grill also known as Thelma Lounge for 37 years. He was a longtime member of St. Luke A.M.E. in Chesapeake. He was a loving dad and grandfather. He was well known in the South Hill Community. Most knew him as “Belly” but he will be remembered as “The King of Bid Whist”. He was also a member of the Progressive Gents of Tidewater.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Thelma T. Louise- Lawrence of 64 years; sister in-law, Mary Livingston “Liz” and
Lucille Caple. He is survived by three loving sons, Horace Lawrence Jr. (Lucy) of Chesapeake, Keith Lawrence Sr. (Annette) of Chesapeake and Darryl Lawrence of Chesapeake; four sisters, Dorothy Holmes, Lauren Lawrence, Deborah Lawrence, Delia Lawrence- Cornish all of New York; three brothers, Rufus Lawrence of Norfolk, Jerome Lawrence and Dennis Lawrence both of New York; one sister in-law, Rev. Lillie M. Gray of Chesapeake, 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great-great
grandchild; a god-daughter, Leslie Harvin of Chesapeake; an adopted daughter, Gloria Lee Harvey of Chesapeake; two special daughters in-law, Porta Lawrence of Virginia Beach, Jeraline Lawrence of Florida and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.