Lawrence David Presnell Sr.

March 7, 1936September 5, 2018

With sad hearts the Presnell family announces the death of Lawrence David Presnell, Sr. on the morning of September 5, 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Husband “Dave”, father “Dad”, grandfather “Paw Paw”, Uncle “Big Dave”, and cousin “David” was born in Knoxville, TN March 7 1936. He left his hometown and enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving honorably and with distinction throughout his 30 year long career. His numerous duty stations and missions around the world made possible the lifelong union with Georgeanna Ezell on November 3, 1962. Dave is survived by his wife Georgeanna and sons Lawrence David Presnell, Jr. (wife Barbara Dean) and Michael Keith Presnell (wife Colleen). Also, by granddaughters Shelby Irene and Audrey Anna Presnell (daughters of Constance Joyce Presnell and Dave Jr.), grandson Josh Poole and great granddaughter Frankie Marie Hamons. Nephews Ed Wallace and Jeff Vehnekamp, and niece Wendy Brooks. A graveside service will commence at 1000 hours at Barrancas National Cemetery aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. For those that wish to attend you are asked to assemble in the car line at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Warrington, FL, Friday, September 14, 2018 at 0915 for 0930 departure and escort to the cemetery. In honor of the deceased or in lieu of flowers or out of state travel, please donate in tribute to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research at


  • Georgeanna Presnell, Wife
  • Lawrence (Barbara Dean) David Presnesll Jr., Son
  • Michael (Colleen) Keith Presnell, Son
  • Shelby Irene Presnell, Granddaughter
  • Audrey Anna Presnell, Granddaughter
  • Josh Poole, Grandson
  • Frankie Marie Hamons, Great Granddaughter
  • Ed Wallace, Nephew
  • Jeff Vehnekamp, Nephew
  • Wendy Brooks, Niece


  • Graveside Service Friday, September 14, 2018

Lawrence David Presnell Sr.

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Ruth Nichols

November 2, 2018

The Retired Officers Wives and Widows Association would like to extend our condolences on the passing of Capt. Lawrence David Presnell, Sr., USN (Ret.). The association brings together the wives of retired officers, and widows of officers, of the United States Armed Forces for social activities. We meet at local restaurants every second Thursday of the month, September through June. If, in the future, you would be interested in joining us to share in fellowship with ladies of similar interests and experiences, please call Mrs. Mary Chase at 850-686-1160.

Gregory Vargo

September 10, 2018

I was privileged to call this man my Air Boss aboard the USS Guam, LPH9. He was a great leader and mentor to me and my fellow sailors. He always cared for every sailor that worked for him and always did the most to ensure their safety in a extremely dangerous environment. A True Leader, Great Navy Aviator, and friend. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace Sir

Thomas Murrell

September 8, 2018

Growing up David you were my cousin I always looked up to. Even though you were older than me you always treated as an adult. I will always cherish the visits I had with you.

Allen Sorensen

September 7, 2018

My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family. To this day, I still admire him for always asking , How's your P.A. today (Positive Attitude). His words are imprinted in my mind forever. He was a Great Man and an Outstanding Commanding Officer. Never to be forgotten.

Bruce West

September 6, 2018

So sorry to hear about David. We loved him so much. There are so many memories and stories. He will be missed by all the West. Have all in our prayers and thoughts. Love to you Nancy and Bruce West