Marion O. Lawrence JR
September 25, 1927 – February 5, 2021
Marion Otis Lawrence Jr. was born on September 25, 1927 in Pickens, Mississippi to Alice Lillian Purcell Lawrence and Marion Otis Lawrence Sr. He was the youngest of five children. His siblings were Gladys, Roy, Dora Dean, and Edith.
M.O. grew up in Pickens and graduated from Camden High School. He then joined the United States Navy in September 1945. He served in the Navy until September 1949. He married Evelyn Billingslea on June 16, 1949 in Goodman, Mississippi. He had gone to school with her all his life, but they never dated until after high school. They married while he was on leave and then returned to where he was on active duty in Corpus Christi, Texas. After his discharge in September, they moved to College Station, Texas so he could attend Texas A&M University.
Evelyn and M.O. have three daughters, who were all born in Bryan, Texas. He was Daddy to Lillian Janice, born in 1950 and passed away in 1995, Marilyn, born in 1955, and Laura Catherine born in 1964. His was father-in-law to Rob, Rick, and Dwain. He was Granddaddy to Jennifer, Cheryl, Jeff, and Steven Knudsen; to Rob, Justin, and Jillian Gerasimowicz; and to Kyle, Cori, Colin, and Colton Decell. He was also a great granddaddy to Lydia, Wesley, Dallin, Hayden, Hunter, Kailey, Hudson, and Evelyn Grace (due in one week).
M.O. graduated from Texas A&M in May 1955 with an Architectural Degree. He began his career as an architect working for several firms throughout the years. Those firms were in Bryan, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi, where the family moved in 1957. After moving back to Bryan in 1962, he continued working for others until he started his own business. He formed the MO Lawrence and Associates Architectural Firm in 1971. He was a licensed architect in twelve states. Many buildings on the TAMU campus were drawn by his firm. His final large project was the headquarters for Texas A&M System, called the John B. Connally Building. He called this building his largest and most outstanding piece of work. In 1992, he sold his firm and retired. He had been an architect for 37 years, from 1955 to 1992.
M.O. became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1973, twenty-one years after Evelyn had joined the Church. Their marriage was sealed for time and all eternity in the Temple of God on July 3, 1974. He held many church callings over the years, including serving as Bishop of the College Station Student Ward of Texas A&M. M.O. and Evelyn served a full-time senior couple mission for the Church in the South Carolina, Columbia Mission from 1993-94. They also served as temple workers in the Dallas and Houston Latter-day Saint Temples.
His beloved wife, Evelyn passed away on March 8, 2017. They had been married for 67 years. He was a great example of enduring to the end joyfully, especially in the four years since Evelyn’s passing. M.O. passed away peacefully at home at the age of 93. He is now reunited in heaven with Evelyn, Jan, and all his loved ones on the other side of the veil.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Marion O. Lawrence JR
February 12, 2021
Dear family of Brother Lawrence, I am sorry to hear of the death of your Father and Grandfather, he was a wonderful friend loved by all who knew him. He will be missed by you. Keep his memory alive by sharing it with each other through out the the years. May you each find comfort from your Heavenly Father in this time of sorrow.
Patricia Price Thomas
February 9, 2021
M.O. and wife Evelyn life long friend of 40+years shall be missed but loved eternally. A very treasured friendship of service and love. We are forever grateful for your positive influence for good in our life and that of our children.
We are so thankful for your righteous example and leadership always blessing our lives with your generous love and smiles of love to our family.
To Laura and Sister& the family..we offer prayers and our sincerest sympathy🙏🏻✝️❣️
Pat and Mike Thomas
February 8, 2021
May God bless M.O., and may he & Evelyn
forever rest in peace in their Heavenly Home!
Love, Bonnie & Harry Andersson
February 6, 2021
Laura and the rest of MO's family,
Our hearts go out to you. Although we know how excited he must be to rejoin his beloved Evelyn and daughter Jan, we still feel a little sad and know that you feel it much more deeply. MO was one of the Lord's truly noble sons. Our lives have been greatly blessed by the rich associations we have had with him over many years. We pray that each of you will feel the comforting support of a loving Father in Heaven.
With all our love.
Richard and Janet Shumway