March 24, 1924 ~ November 19, 2015

Born in: Chuckey, TN,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Lucille "Lucy" Nelson Huffine Lawrence, 91, went home to be with the Lord Thursday November 19, 2015 after being hospitalized for repair of a hip fracture. Lucille was born in Chuckey, TN and was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 54 years, Robert D. Lawrence. She spent her adult life as a resident of Asheville. Lucille's life exemplified devotion to the Lord, family, her church and her love for music. She became a church pianist and organist from age 12 until retiring last year at the age of 90 from Oakley Baptist Church. She had previously served at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, Woodland Hills Baptist, Oteen Baptist and Groce Methodist Church. Lucille is survived by her four children, Gordon Lawrence (Sandra) of Atlanta, GA, Becky Paige (Harry) of Arden, Cathy Helms of Mint Hill, NC and Charlie Lawrence of Asheville; a sister, Dorothy Schmidt of Aliquippa, PA; six precious grandchildren; six precious great grandchildren and a cousin, Rick Yett of Jonesborough, TN. She will always be fondly remembered as "I Love Lucy." The family is deeply grateful to Trinity View Retirement Center for their loving care of Lucy during these last 2 years. A visitation with family and friends will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road in Arden. The funeral service will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Oakley Baptist Church with Reverend Tom Pierce officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations may be made to the "Music Ministry" of Oakley Baptist Church, 70 Fairview Ave., Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Sweet Miss Lucy, you will always be in our hearts. You played such a great part in our lives at Woodland Hills Baptist, watching and loving us and our girls as we all grew in the Lord. You will always be remembered for playing the music for daughter Niki’s wedding to Jared Hoyle. Dear family that we have known for over 30 years, we love you all and will pray for that wonderful peace from our Father God to fall so sweetly on you all.

  2. Fondest memories are in my heart while serving Lucille with her music needs during my ownership of asheville music supply. She was a warm person to talk with on many topics. My prayers are with the family during these days of adjusting without her sweet presence among you but that memories will fill your heart with peace.

  3. Blessings on the Lawrence family. We have many wonderful memories of Bob and Lucy! We love this family!

    Gayle and Stella Brown

  4. Lucy was a true sweetheart. My wife, Pat, cared for her for a time while while she was living at Crowell Farms off Oak View road. She was truly one of the sweetest, kindest, most genuine persons we both ever met. It’s a pity this troubled world doesn’t have more ‘Lucys’. It’s easy to see why everybody that knew her said. ‘I Love Lucy’.

  5. Our deepest sympathy to each and every family member.
    Lucy was a sweet, special lady, an angel. So many fond
    memories of Bob and Lucy, and children when we would
    visit them. All our love to the family.

  6. Gordon, Becky, Kathy and Charlie: So very sorry to hear of Lucy’s passing…Did not know about it until Udean Burke called me around 3:30 yesterday to inquire about the funeral arrangements…We only get the paper on Wednesday and Sunday..
    We loved Lucy and have many fond memories from our 45 year friendship with her and the entire family….May God bless all of you.

    Keith and Frances Snyder

  7. He [God] heals the brokenhearted; He [God] binds up their wounds.’? (Psalm 147:3) I’m sorry for your loss; may God provide you and your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. The Bible shares a wonderful resurrection hope for future. I pray that you find comfort in the wonderful promises of John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15.


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