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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