Reverend Doctor Vernon E. Lawrence
Services for Reverend Doctor Vernon E. Lawrence, 80, of Vian, will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Vian United Methodist Church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dennis, Kan., under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Service.
He was born on June 16, 1938, in Parsons, Kan., to Wilbert Lindsey Lawrence and Thelma Elizabeth (Smith) Lawrence. He passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Rogers, Ark.
He was married to Loraine M. (Bryant) Lawrence on April 28, 1956, in St. Louis. Rev. Doctor Lawrence attended Lincoln Elementary, East Junior High and Parsons High School in Parsons, Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas, and Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force 1957-1965, where he played in the Air Force Band. He served on the following conference boards/committees: Higher Education, Family Ministries, Board of Communications, Board of Evangelism, Board of Prison Ministry, a Consultation Committee of the Conference Council on Ministries and Conference Council on Finance and Administration and served the following district areas: Secretary of the District Council on Ministries, Family Ministries Coordinator, District Committee on Ministry, District Secretary of Evangelism, District Goals and Planning Committee and Chairman of the District Committee on Building and Church Location.
His community services included Representative for the Jackson County Senior Citizens Program, Board of the Caddo County Senior Citizens Program, Chaplain with the Carnegie, Okla., Police Department, Volunteer Chaplain with the Muskogee Regional Medical Center and Trauma Unit. He established the Senior Sentry Program in Haskell County at the First United Methodist Church in Stigler and was a Volunteer Chaplain with the Department of Corrections. He was a former minister at Vian United Methodist Church and a member of the Vian United Methodist Praise Band. He was a member of Vian Lions Club, the American Legion and a lifetime member of Eufaula Masonic Lodge No. 1.
Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Loraine of the home; two daughters, Renee M. Lawrence and husband, Kenny Worley of Little Rock, Ark., and Sheryl K. and husband, Larry Johnson of Oklahoma City; three sons, Rev. Marcus E. Lawrence and wife, Sandi of Richmond, Texas, Roger A. Lawrence and wife, Sabrina of Gentry, Ark., and Nathan T.E. Lawrence and wife, Sandy of Checotah; 15 grandchildren, Stephanie, Christy, Lauren, Adriane, Kelly, Tyler, Alicia, Lindsey, Kaitlyn, Jarod, Brooke, Hillary, Chad, Lacey and Braden; 10 great-grandchildren, Braylon, Bryce, Mason, Eloise, Jadyn, Hunter, Kaylor, Grace, Caleb and Chloe; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Hubert Dale, Delbert David, Wilbert Allen and Carl William Lawrence
Active pallbearers will be Lindsey Lawrence, Jarod Lawrence, Chad Lawrence, Braden Lawrence, Kevin Fox and Thibaut Delage.
Viewing is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Sallisaw. The family will greet from 4 to 7 p.m..