Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Buddy Lawrence

October 1, 1938November 30, 2019

George Amon Lawrence “Buddy” (81) of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Baltimore, MD on October 1, 1938 to the late Rufus and Cletus Lawrence, and has been a Jacksonville resident since 1946.

Buddy graduated from Bishop Kenny High School (Class of 1956), and Jacksonville University (Class of 1962).

Buddy was employed by Cain & Bultman for 18 years as a District Sales Manager. He left in 1981 to pursue various businesses; the last being a developer & owner of Tropical Smoothie Cafes in three counties in Northeast Florida. He retired in 2010.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 29 years, Peggy; his children, Amy Rosoff (Cary), Jacksonville, Alice Watts (Paul), Tallahassee, FL, Brant “Bo” Lawrence, Tuscaloosa, AL; step-daughters, Cari Bailey (Steve), Monroe, GA and Megan Barney, Carbondale, CO; and 12 grandchildren, Tanner & Stetson Lane, Hayley Watts Hajar, Chandler & Stella Grace Watts, Austin & Jesse Lawrence, Will, Sarah Kate and Henry Bailey, and Jennifer & Daniel Rosoff. Also surviving are his sister, Tricia Ritter (Carl), Louden, TN and brother, Rufus Lawrence (Krickett), Jacksonville.

Buddy touched the lives of many people with his loving and giving spirit. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 12:00 pm on December 12th at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9800 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 with Father David Keegan as celebrant with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.


12 December

A Memorial Mass

12:00 pm

Holy Family Catholic Church

9800 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256


Buddy Lawrence

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Joe Perry

December 3, 2019

My entire family was fortunate and honored to call Buddy Lawrence friend. I first met Buddy through Rotary and we shared a love for the Gators that led to many road trips with family and friends that will always be wonderful memories. Condolences to Peggy and all of Buddy's children and family that he loved so much. We will always cherish his concern for others, his ready smile and the ever present twinkle in his eye. Love you and miss you my friend!

John Curtin

December 3, 2019

There was none finer! A true gentleman, a wonderful man in every regard. I am thankful for the time I shared with Buddy. He will be truly missed.

Don Reynolds

December 3, 2019

Buddy was one of the finest gentlemen we have ever met. Plus Peggy is one of the classiest ladies we have ever met. We got to know Buddy through company functions all over the US and Canada. Wow, what a class and lovable guy. He will be truly missed.

We wish Peggy and all the family and loved ones God’s blessings during this difficult time.

Don & Becky Reynolds