Garrett Holt Lawrence

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Garrett Holt Lawrence, 91, of Chapel Hill, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, with all the grace and dignity that defined his life.

Mr. Lawrence was born in Marshall County to Mary Sue Lawrence and Thomas H. Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence owned and operated Lawrence Funeral Home beginning in 1942 and Lawrence Bros. Plumbing and Electric beginning in 1947. He was a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and was licensed as a funeral director for 70 years.

Mr. Lawrence was very active in civic affairs, serving as a Chapel Hill City Alderman, former chairman of the Chapel Hill Industrial Board, member of the Board of Directors of First State Bank in Chapel Hill, was a member and past master of Chapel Hill Masonic Lodge #160, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, past president and last surviving charter member of the Chapel Hill Lions Club, and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. In 2009, he was named Chapel Hill Citizen of the Year. Mr. Lawrence was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and served for many years on its administrative board.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean Joyce Lawrence, and his brother, Thomas H. Lawrence Jr.

He is survived by his present wife of nine years, Kayrene Dickens Lawrence of Chapel Hill; four children, Sue Carolyn (John) Groomes of Brentwood, Emily (Jerry) Gordon of Lewisburg, Vivian (Chuck) Coble of Franklin and Garry (Debra) Lawrence of Chapel Hill; seven grandchildren, Britt (Amy) Groomes, David Pierce, Andy (Michelle) Pierce, Lori (Trent) Boysen, Julie (Ken) Black, Susan (Guy) Waggoner and Trey Lawrence; 10 great-grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. Mr. Lawrence is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy Appleton and Helen Martin, both of Nashville, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, March 1, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home. Burial followed in Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill.

Pallbearers were grandsons and spouses of granddaughters: Britt Groomes, David Pierce, Andy Pierce, Trent Boysen, Ken Black, Guy Waggoner and Trey Lawrence.

Lawrence Bros., Inc. employees, past and present, served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 246, Chapel Hill, TN 37034; Forrest Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o Jimmie Lou Lee, 103 Crosby Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075 or Friends of Henry Horton State Park, P. O. Box 282, Chapel Hill, TN 37034.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapel Hill, in charge of arrangements.