James A. Lawrence

November 30, 1925August 21, 2013
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James Avery Lawrence, 87, died Wednesday, August 21, at West Georgia Hospice. Mr. Lawrence was born in Thomaston, Georgia, son of the late Gary S. Lawrence and Daisy Avery Lawrence. He was raised in Harris City in Meriwether County, Georgia. A veteran of World War II, he served the Army Air Forces as a waist gunner on a B-17 in Europe. He graduated from the University of Georgia on the GI Bill and went to work for Shell Oil Company in 1949 as an accountant and worked for them until his retirement in 1987. His work with Shell took him and his family all over the United States and to Indonesia. Mr. Lawrence married Anne Ward Lawrence in 1949. Anne and James were married for 59 years until her death in 2009. Survivors include: daughters, Iris Knowles of LaGrange and Paula Primm of Newnan; son, Jim Lawrence of Sugar Land, TX; son Mike Lawrence and his wife, Clara of Elgin, TX; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Teri McIntyre, whom he loved like a daughter, took care of his wife, Anne and then James for six years. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, August 31 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 31. Flowers will be accepted, or, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to West Georgia Hospice (1510 Vernon Rd., LaGrange, GA 30240) or to LaGrange Shrine Club (PO Box 1872, LaGrange, GA 30241) for the Shriners Hospitals.

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Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Stacy Fannin

August 31, 2013

Mr. Lawrence was a very nice man I really enjoyed him and was glad to be able to meet him, he always had a smile and talked about his chidren. My heart goes out to you all during this time I will keep you all in my prayers.

Cory Shellman

August 29, 2013

Alas, my Brother.
My condolences to the family.

Danny Griffin

August 28, 2013

I will keep your family in my prayers. May you all find comfort in your many memories.

Grace London

August 28, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Mike Wilson

August 25, 2013

I always enjoyed visiting with Mr. Lawrence. He was a wonderful neighbor and always willing to assist. I think he wore out a path walking up and down Willowcrest. He will be missed Greatly. I know the Lions club will missed the wood he cut every year.

Kelly Hearn

August 24, 2013

I remember Mr. Lawrence as very knowledgeble and generous man. Newly married in the early 90's my wife and I purchase our first home in LaGrange which happened to border Mr. Lawrence's property. I had many conversations with James as we shared lifes experiences. His shop was always open for me to borrow as needed even if he was not home. I will forever be grateful to him.

Brad Lawrence

August 22, 2013

I have alot of memories with Uncle James, I lost my dad (Gary, James brother) when I was 13 and Uncle James reminded me so much of my dad. I remember my Dad and I visiting Uncle James and family in Houston, going to the Astros game, riding bikes. Uncle James was the "bike" man. Always will remember the famous fried chicken, cooking it in the black pot that my dad had made. I remember the times we would see him at Papa and Mama Lawrence home place in Harris City. He will be missed and always will remember him. Brad Lawrence in North Carolina