Leroy Perl Lawrence

December 27, 1940 - June 20, 2017
Leroy Perl Lawrence

Leroy Perl Lawrence, 76, of Ash, NC. passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in his home.

He was born in Bridgewater, PA, December 27, 1940, and was a graduate of Beaver Area High School. He was a longtime resident of Sewickley, PA. before moving to Ash, NC 17 years ago.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and, following his service, worked at Armco Steel and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad for 22 years before launching Lawrence Upholstery along with his wife. Lee was an active member of the Shallotte Moose Lodge # 710, having served 2 terms as governor. He was a member of the Calabash Presbyterian Church, the American Legion, the VFW, and the Valley Veterans Association. He was a longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pirates, and the Penguins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Clayton and Edith Kathleen Kendrew Lawrence; his daughter, Lorraine Lee Hamilton, and his 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 ½ years, Cleo Clifford Lawrence; his daughters, Colleen Lawrence Kardasz (Larry) and Constance Lawrence; his grandchildren, Lonney Christoff (Karin), Jesse Christoff, Candace Hamilton Pfaff, Melissa Knechtel, Ivory Hamilton Christmas (Jason), Daniel Knechtel (Julie), Trevor Hamilton (Charlene), Kendrew Lawrence, Lauren Lee Kardasz, and Sean Kardasz; his sisters, Nancy Kress and Geraldine Grant, lovingly known to him as “Rosie” and “Putz”; 5 great-grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews, countless friends and their beloved chiweenie dog, Ginger.

There are no services planned.

Donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403


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  • June 22, 2017
    Ailene Watson says:
    I remember Lee as always being a gentleman and good friend to all who knew him. You could always count on him to be in a good mood or at least hiding it if he was not. I loved him and Miss Cleo very much. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • June 22, 2017
    Lisa Mahle Healey says:
    I am sorry for your loss. I remember him being the "fun Dad" out of my friends and such a smile.

  • June 22, 2017
    Darby Trovato says:
    There are no words of comfort at a time like this. I haven't seen Lee or Cleo in a long time, but have wonderful memories of their family. My heart is with you today.

  • June 22, 2017
    Martha Ory says:
    I am so sorry for your loss Lee was a good man. Though I haven't seen you in years I will always remember his sense of humor, it was unique. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • June 23, 2017
    Bonnie & Bob Marsh says:
    I remember coming to your house first time and I was in awe how beautiful and rustic, and then I look and Lee shows me a corvette that everyone dreams of. He was such a great man and Lee and Cleo what an awesome couple. Thoughts and prayers to you and family.