James "Jim Ed" E. Lawrence Sr.

September 23, 1934November 4, 2013

James “Jim Ed” E. Lawrence, of Harrison, passed away on Monday, November 04, 2013.

Jim was born in Rockwood, Tennessee on September 23, 1934 to the late Will Edd and Ruth Ellison Lawrence. He was a 1953 graduate of Rockwood High School and graduated from John A.Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville in 1956. Jim has served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1956. He has been a resident of the Chattanooga area for the past 40 years. Jim was a longtime employee with Chattanooga Funeral Home where he retired in 2011. He was a member of Hickory Valley Christian Church.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jerita S. Lawrence; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lisa Lawrence, Jr.; grandchildren, Matthew and Emily and great granddaughter, Faith; brothers, Joseph H. (Rose) Lawrence and Thomas E. Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at the North Chapel.

Graveside services for Jim will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday at Monte Vista Burial Park, 1900 Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601 with Minister Lamar Garrison officiating.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Jim’s name to Hickory Valley Christian Church at 6605 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2013
  • Graveside Services Wednesday, November 6, 2013

James "Jim Ed" E. Lawrence Sr.

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Laura Boyd

November 11, 2013

I had breakfast with Angie Clark Blevins this morning and she told me that Mr. Lawrence had passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. If I had known earlier, I would have come to visitation. His son Jim was one of my closest friends in highschool!

Laura Lloyd Boyd (Cleveland, TN)

Dale Layne

November 10, 2013

I was sad to hear about Jim. I worked with him at the funeral home when I was a teenager. He was always very kind to me and a gentleman to everyone.

November 5, 2013

Mr Lawrence was so kind to me as a chaplain with Hospice of Chattanooga. He was always help me and teach me. I value his friendship and that of his son Jim who was a great nurse at hospice. God bless you. Aline Summerlin, retired Chaplain with Hospice of Chattanooga

Maxine Massey

November 5, 2013

Jerita and family:
I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a good friend and it was a pleasure to work with him for several years. I will not be able to see you at visitation, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Jo An

November 5, 2013

Jim Ed was our class president! He was outstanding in every way at Rockwood High School. I am giving a memorial donation in his name to the Rockwood High Scholarship Fund. Jo An Howard Gaines, Los Angeles, California