Lawrence Osborn Rhorer
January 14, 1934 – July 30, 2019
Lawrence "Sonny" Osborn Rhorer, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Pasadena, TX, after a long series of illnesses. He was 85.
Born January 14,1934, in Lake Charles, LA, Lawrence spent his childhood in Jennings, LA and Lake Charles. He attended Central School and Lake Charles High. He lived most of his adult life in Lake Charles and Cameron, LA. A graduate of McNeese State College in piano performance and music education, he later received his Master's degree in child guidance and counseling. He was a music educator, a highly regarded piano teacher, concert pianist and accompanist, and singer with a lovely tenor voice. He played organ and piano, sang in the choir, and directed choirs at First Methodist Church in Lake Charles in the late 1950s and early 1960s and through the years for many other churches. Lawrence taught music and directed choirs in the Cameron Parish School System for over fifteen years. He lived in Houston during his last three decades. Lawrence was the great-grandson of John McNeese and Susan Bilbo McNeese and adescendant of many pioneer families of Lake Charles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Osborn (L O ) Rhorer, Sr. and Amina Squires Rhorer of Lake Charles. He is survived by his sister, Larry Joan Rhorer Tapley of Houston; nieces, Rebecca Sue Andrews (Kenneth Johnston) of Baton Rouge, LA, and Julie Tapley Stratton of Dripping Springs, TX; nephews, Dallas Robert Andrews lll of Houston and Scott Edward Andrews (Loretta) of Helena, MT; four grandnieces, one grandnephew, and two great-grandnieces.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, August 6,2019 at 2:00pm at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX. The family wishes to thank doctor and staff of Courtyards of Pasadena for their kind care. Donations to animal rescue organizations of your choice would be appreciated.
- Committal Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Lawrence Osborn Rhorer
August 9, 2019
I have great memories of Mr. Rhorer. He taught me piano in my home 2nd through 12th grade. He introduced me to fine music through the Lake Charle Civic Symphony and the Community Concert Association. Before concerts, he would take his students (usually Quinn Jones and me) our to eat at Piccadilly, a big treat at the time. His favorite piece was Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto, which is one of mine as well. I lost track of him when I left for medical school in 1985. Wish I would have kept up with him. He was humble, kind, gentle, respectful, supportive, humorous, and brilliant. His piano is in my living room, a 1963 mahogany Baldwin Grand. My 14 year old daughter, Hannah, plays, and I know he would love to hear her on his piano.
August 5, 2019
Mr. Lawrence was the sweetest and musically the smartest person I have had the pleasure of meeting. He was my daddy's roommate at Courtyards for many years and was glad to be able to visit with him every time I was there. I know he is playing the piano in Heaven and drinking his coffee. Much love to Joan and family for their loss