Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Paul Simon Lawrence Jr.

April 29, 1925February 9, 2020

Lawrence, Paul Simon, Jr., was welcomed home by his Heavenly Father after almost 95 years of a life well-lived. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul S. and Ruth M. Lawrence; his first wife, Della Spruill; son, Jerry E. Lawrence; sisters, Vivian Steen, and Hilda Summers; brothers, Charles and Ray Lawrence; and grand-daughter, Angela Lawrence. He is survived by his devoted wife, Pam; son, David L. Lawrence (Sandi); daughter, Patricia L. King (Don); stepson, Andrew Hemby (Fiona); four grandchildren, Anne Marie Belton, Matthew Lawrence (Courtnie), Amy Moore (Douglas), and Sarah Breeden (John); and eight great-grandchildren.

Paul worked for C&P Telephone company for almost 40 years. He liked to tell people that he worked his way up from climbing poles to the corporate staff and never had a college education. He was very active first at Ray of Hope Pentecostal Holiness Church, and later at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and holding many other leadership roles. Paul was a man of prayer who loved his Lord, his family, and his church. He will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229. A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 17 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Rd, Henrico, Va. 23229 at 12 p.m., with interment following at Westhampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va. 23238. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove Avenue Baptist Church, or Precious to God http://precioustogod.org.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 17, 2020


Paul Simon Lawrence Jr.

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Jim Foshee

February 11, 2020

Ramona, Kimberly, Tod and I will always remember the times we shared, the lunches we had together with you. You were a precious friend to us.

RIP my friend you certainly will be greeted with open arms in Heaven. You lived your life in a manner well deserving, kind and loving manner


Floyd Lane

February 10, 2020

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences, Pam, to you and your family at this difficult time. It was a privilege knowing this good and kind Christian Gentleman.

Lynn Kirk

February 10, 2020

Always smiling, always a gentleman. One just knew he loved the Lord! Condolences to all, but praises Paul is now in His Father's presence. Imagine his clarity and eternal joy!

john keffer

February 10, 2020

Paul was a man of great integrity, wit, diligence, strength, and always humble in showing respect for even those who did not necessarily share his point of view. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.