John Alexander Lawrence, Jr.

john lawrence, jr.
John Alexander Lawrence, Jr., 89, of 30 Mountain Terrace, Asheville, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at his residence. A native of Mecklenburg County, NC, he was a son of the late John A. Lawrence, Sr. and Freda Dunning Lawrence and was also preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Hartsell Lawrence, who died in 1992. Mr. Lawrence was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. He was retired from C.P. Clair, Corp. and attended First Christian Church of Asheville. Survivors include his wife, Gladys J. Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Lucille Lawrence of Asheville; three step-children; seven step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; thirteen nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Reverend Gordon Lawrence officiating. His family will receive friends following the service and request that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801 or to the Alzheimers Association, 31 College Place, Suite D320, Asheville, NC 28801-2644.

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  1. We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing- he was the brother of my ‘Grandma Helen’ (Helen Pearre) and I have so many fond memories of visiting with him on special occasions throughout childhood. He was very kind to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gladys and the rest of the Lawrence family.

  2. Gladys, I am so sorry to here of John’s passing. Where do i begin? John was such an important part of my childhood and great friend after I grew up to adulthood. From my early days when John and his brother Bob had their Radio/TV repair shop, he was my buddy. He would take me in his old Studebaker over to Emma Airport to see his Piper Cub. I have nothing but fond wonderful memories of John, and all the fun we had together. John was surely one of the ‘good guys’.
    Gladys, my prayers are with you and the entire Lawrence family.
    Paul Ownbey

  3. I remember Johnny with many fond memories; taking rides out of the old Emma airport. He was a great guy and wonderful friend; like a part of the family when we were growing up.

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