Merrell Lawrence

January 25, 1943February 16, 2021

Merrell Oates Lawrence, 78, passed away February 16, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Lawrence, Jr; father, Austin Ashely Oates; mother, Reni Raines Oates; sister, Myrtle (AJ) Booth and grandson, Steve A. Lawrence, Jr. Mrs. Lawrence is survived by her children, Pamela Lawrence Messick, Clint Lawrence (Marie), Steve Lawrence (Sabrina) and Joel Lawrence (Tonya). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and a host of others, including the 28 years of bus students and church children, she called hers.

Services for Mrs. Lawrence will be Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Prattville, with the visitation Friday, February 19, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Ridouts Prattville Chapel. Pallbearers will be Wayne A. Lawrence, Joshua A. Boatner, Michael J. Smith, Jr, Kyle Sandin, Will Lyons and Jim Lawrence. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael J. Smith, III, Eddie Holoman, Danny Joe Oates and Tommy Lawrence.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


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Shirley Litaker Jones

February 19, 2021

Merrell was a sweet lady. I remember her visiting my parents, Toby & Nomie and my Litaker Grandparents. My Dad and I visited her; and my cousin, Pat and I, did also. Due to Covid, I won't attend the services. Love and Prayers, Shirley Litaker Jones

Pat and Byron Furr

February 18, 2021

We offer our special sympathy and prayers to the Lawrence family. She is where we will be shortly and so ready. We know she is resting with our Lord and Savior.We never got to make friends with either family and I hate that. All of you are such sweet Christian families. God bless all of you, Will see y’all tomorrow night!!

Michelle Morton

February 18, 2021

She was always a sweet woman. 90% of the time she had a smile on her face. She was my bus driver for 3 years. She was my 2 kids bus driver as well and we all Loved her. Praying for all her family during this difficult time.

Heather Walton

February 18, 2021

Mrs. Lawrence was my bus driver at Marbury K-6. She was a very sweet woman. I looked forward to seeing her everyday. RIP Mrs. Lawrence. You will be missed.

Tammy Ledbetter

February 18, 2021

She will be greatly missed. So sorry for the family. Our prayers are with you. Autery and Ledbetter family.