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Horace Lawrence, Sr.


Sunrise: July 29, 1925

Sunset: March 9, 2019

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.

Viewing Thursday, March 14, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Family Receiving Friends Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Friday, March 15, 2019 11:00am St. Luke AME Church 241 St. Luke Church Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Delia Cornish says

    REST IN HEAVEN BROTHER, YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED, AND YOU ARE MUCH LOVED.

    LOVE YOUR BABY SISTER
    DEEDEE

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    Cousin Jean and family says

    Hello my family we’re praying for more strength and peace knowing that God is able and always there with us.So stay strong, Blessings Flow to our family.ToGod Be The Glory.

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    Keisha (Granddaughter) says

    Granddaddy as much as I never wanted this day to come, we all knew it must… It will come for us all. You have lived an amazing life and I have comfort in knowing that you are back with grandma and living eternal life. You gave you life to Christ and He got the victory. You are with the angels and will forever be able to look over me and the rest of the family near and far. I’m so overwhelmed with joy that I was able to laugh, hug, and kiss you last Saturday and then 7 days later……… Watch over us, I love you,..

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    Angela McCoy says

    Praying for family. RIP Mr. Lawrence. God Bless

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    Valderina white says

    Rest in peace my cousin you will be missed

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    Tracey White says

    From our family to yours with deepest sympathies, God Bless you all. Tracey & Clif White

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    Bevelyn Grindle says

    My Condolences to the family of Mr. Horace Lawrence. I just received the news of his passing today. He was a very pleasant man to work with at the VA Hospital and I will miss him and his joyful personality. My God give you peace and comfort during your time of grief.
    Bevelyn Grindle

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