Joseph Monroe Lawrence Sr.

November 4, 1926November 12, 2013

Lawrence, Joseph Monroe, Sr. Nov. 4, 1926 – Nov. 12, 2013

Mr. Lawrence was born in Palos, Alabama, on November 4, 1926 and God took him to his eternal home after 87 years. Mr. Lawrence was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Huber D. (Bud) and Mary Elizabeth Morrow Lawrence Jones and his sister Jane L. Smith. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Evonne Duggan Lawrence, Children Joseph M. Lawrence, Jr. (Isabel), James D. Lawrence (Maureen), Joan L. Teer, Janis D. Lawrence, John M. Lawrence, Sr. (Judy). Grandchildren, Joseph Lawrence, III (Margaret), Christopher Lawrence (Patricia), Jeffrey Lawrence (Cheyenne), James Lawrence, Jr., Jana Lawrence–Fearn; Michael Teer (Blair), Brianna Teer, Jenifer Tomasello, Richard Tomasello (Crystal), Deana Tomasello, John Lawrence, Jr., Jaclyn Lawrence Hogan (Brian). Fourteen Great Grand Children. Mr. Lawrence attended Norwood Elementary School and Phillips High School. He served in the Coast Guard in World War II prior to marrying Evonne Duggan in May 1947. He worked at McWane Cast Iron Pipe from May 1947 until his retirement in March 1992. Mr. Lawrence had been an active member at Norwood Methodist Church, Forestdale United Methodist Church and is presently a member of Crumly Chapel United Methodist Church. He belongs to Dolcita Masonic Lodge #596; Gardendale Chapter #531, Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Lawrence served as Worthy Patron multiple times and was the Grand Representative of South Dakota in Alabama in 2001. The family wishes to thank all of the Staff of AlaCare, especially Gwin, Sherry, DeAnna, Janis and Rev. Alton King for their care of our loved one and for the consideration and help to the family. Pallbearers will be the grandsons and nephew, Richard Duggan. Members of Dolcita Lodge, Gardendale Chapter and Louise Richardson Chapter will be honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, 2800 University Blvd., Suite 304, Birmingham, Alabama 35237. A visitation will be held at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel on Friday, November 15th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with Order of the Eastern Star, Memorial Rites performed following visitation. A funeral service will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Ed Sims and Jaime Pangman with entombment following in the Oakwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Masonic Rites.


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Donna Livingston

November 15, 2013

Pop, always smiling, kind and gentle.

Buddy and Diane Chellstorp and Family

November 15, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to the Lawrence family. May your memories of Pop Lawrence give you peace and comfort.

With Sympathy, Love, and Lots of Hugs.

Ann Jackson

November 15, 2013

Jeff Lawrence (Moline, IL): My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Take care and god bless!

Dale and Alicia Pangman

November 15, 2013


Dale and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and your family. May you be uplifted by precious memories of your Dad in the coming months.

Alicia and Dale Pangman

Dennis Jackson

November 14, 2013

Joan, please accept my most sincere sympathy for the loss you certainly must feel for your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and may Christ give you the comfort and strength you will need in the coming days ahead.

Gail S. Marcuzzi

November 14, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to Evonne and her family. If anyone would ask what a gentleman is I would tell them look up all about Joe Lawrence. What a nice man. We met because of the Order of the Eastern Star. Talk about Joe often and enjoy your many memories. Joe is a man who will be missed by many.

Debi Crump/Hare

November 14, 2013

Jana, Jim Jr. and Jim Sr., I am so very, very sorry for your loss, I know how much you all loved him. As I remember him, your Pop and Dad was so kind, and had such a gentle spirit; My heart goes out to you, thoughts and prayers are with you.

November 14, 2013

Joe, Isabel, Jeff, Joe, and Chris,

Bob and I are so very sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we hold you in our hearts. We didn't know him well, but through knowing the rest of you he must have been a pretty incredible person.

Sincerely, Val and Bob Pulscher

Ray Pelham

November 14, 2013

I knew Mr. Lawrence while I worked at McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company. He was a real Gentleman. A good Man. A very kind person. Our prayers are with his family.

The Crump Famiy

November 14, 2013

Mr. Lawrence was a kind, sweet gentleman; Praying for comfort and peace for all the Lawrence family at this difficult time.