October 22, 1924 ~ December 29, 2000

Born in: Madison Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rev. Lawrence Fox, 76, of 1 Creasman Place died Friday, December 29, 2000 at a local hospital.

A native of Madison County, he was a son of the late William Kims and Seretha Hollifield Fox. He was a graduate of Fruitland Bible College and began his career in 1952 at Pleasant Balsam Baptist Church in Waynesville, followed by Ebenezer Baptist Church and then Little Creek Baptist Church in Madison County. He was pastor of Reynolds Baptist Church for 26 years when he retired in 1993 after helping build the church. He had been a volunteer preacher at the WNC Rescue Mission since its inception in 1981.

Surviving are his wife, Mae Tilson Fox; three daughters, Venita Currin and her husband Tom of Gainsville, FL, Dianne Fox and her husband James Robinson of Asheville and Sandra Fox of Black Mountain; a sister, Dorothy Wilson of Weaverville; a twin brother, Rev. Cecil Fox of Asheville; and three grandchildren, Duane Webb, Sereitha Miller and Matthew Robinson.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Monday at Reynolds Baptist Church with the Revs. Cecil Fox, Jack W. Collins and Bobby Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 3-5:00 pm Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

Memorials may be made to the Western North Carolina Rescue Mission, PO Box 909, Asheville, NC 28802 or to ABCCM, 24 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Mae and family my sincerest sympathies to all of you. You are part of our extended family and we loved Lawrence as our brother.We will miss him greatly.May God Bless you and family.

  2. Neighbor of neices & nephews of the Mars Hill area, I extend
    my condolances to all the family.May God Bless & Comfort you.
    with prayers, Barbara Gardner Nix

  3. My thoghts and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one, and a friend to many of us in this community.
    Through the 30 years I have known him as a fellow minister in the Buncombe Baptist Association, he has been one of my favorite minister friends. His sense of humor endeared him to all of us. His openess to those of differing understandings and expressions of the faith marked him as a true Baptist. He will be missed by all of us.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss.I feel like I just lost a member of my family also.I still remember all the times Papaw Fox took us to Carowinds every summer,but he would also ride ALL the rollercoasters with us kids.I think he liked them more than us!He was a very special person to me.He was the pastor who baptised me.I will always remember him as a kind person that really cared for other people.Still till this day I can’t eat shrimp without thinking of him and how he use to take Sereitha and I to the Fishouse every week.He will be greatly missed here on earth but their rejoicing up in Heaven because they have a new angel.

  5. My deepest condolences on your loss. I will always remember Reverend Fox as a good neighbor and friend – someone on whom my family was always able to depend during times of need, no matter how great or small. Special thanks to you all for the support you have given Jeanne over the years. Reverend Fox was more of a father to her than her own. Our prayers go out for you during this difficult time. May the New Year bring you peace and comfort.

  6. I’m so sorry for your lose.I just want to tell you that if you need anything just give us a call.I’m very sorry I didn’t make it to the friends and family today but I LOVE YOU ALL.And May God Bless you

  7. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Lawrence here but I am looking forward to meeting him in Glory. May the hope of a loving God comfort you during the coming days.

  8. Lawrence Fox, my only grandfather, gave me my middle name and so much more. When he was 72 years old, he was still riding those roller coasters at Carowinds (and I have pictures to prove it!) He was very photogenic, even when he was a mile high at Ghost Town. I have a picture of him tipping his hat while on the chairlift to that Ghost Town camera that some of us didn’t know was there. He went to Heaven while doing his third favorite thing, watching and listening to his favorite football and basketball teams. (Go Tarheels!) His first and second favorite things to do were preaching & demonstrating the love of God and spending time with his friends and family. This have included walking at the Biltmore Square Mall, eating at Long John Silvers, or preaching the word of God at the Rescue Mission. Out of all the members of the family, I think I am the one who knew Papaw the least amount of time. However, in the 17 years that he was in my life and I was in his, I learned so much. The family tells me that Papaw was proud of me. I can only hope that Papaw knows how proud I am of him…
    This is a poem written by Holly Hensley. It is very beautiful and sums up our love for him very nicely.

    In our hearts forevermore
    As he steps through heaven’s door

    A man of God, true to his word
    For us to listen to and learn

    He loved us all in God’s name
    Without him our lives shall change

    Honor and Glory he did bestow
    In all of us he left below

    He put God’s love in our sights
    And showed us how to hold on tight

    Words of wisdom, and a smiling face
    No one can ever fill his place

    In our hearts he shall remain
    Through our sunshine and our rain

    In loving memory: Rev. Lawrence Fox

    We love you Papaw!

    Holly Hensley


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