OBITUARY

Allan H. Laurence

January 14, 1937November 12, 2020
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Allan Hardee Laurence went to his Heavenly home on November 12, 2020. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 14, 1937 to Jesse Robertus and Leah Dillingham Laurence. Growing up in Corpus Christi, he excelled in football, baseball, and track. Allan was named All-Star running back his senior year at Miller High School and was honored to play in the Texas Association All Star Texas Championship. He obtained a full football scholarship to Texas Christian University where he was starting half-back for two Cotton Bowl championship games under Coach Abe Martin. He also played in the first ever Bluebonnet Bowl and was a left-handed pitcher on the TCU baseball team. After graduation he devoted almost 40 years in public and private education. He served as assistant varsity coach at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi and also as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for Victoria High School. He led track teams to the state championships innumerable times. He taught history and coached at Saint Joseph High School. He always worked hard so that his students and athletes could perform using their best gifts and talents. Allan loved fishing and hunting in his spare time, but his greatest joys were his three sons, his eight grandchildren, and working with young men on the football field or track, helping them to be outstanding athletes. Allan is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jesse Laurence, Jr. Allan is survived by his wife Bonita. They were blessed with 55 years of marriage; three sons: Weldon (Emily) Laurence of Rockwall, TX; Travis (Anna) Laurence of Jonesboro, AR; and Curtis (Amanda) Laurence of Austin, TX. He is also survived by grandchildren: Shawn (Megan), Stephen, Bennett, Elizabeth, Ella, Kathryn, Luke and Nathan. In addition, he has two great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Lucas. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 on Monday, November 16, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to The Alzheimer's Association, Hospice of South Texas - Dornburg Center, or Donor’s choice in Allan’s honor. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jesse Robertus Laurence, Father (deceased)
  • Leah Dillingham Laurence, Mother (deceased)
  • Bonita "Bo" Johnson Laurence, Wife of 55 years
  • Weldon (Emily) Laurence, Son
  • Travis (Anna) Laurence, Son
  • Curtis (Amanda) Laurence, Son
  • Jesse Laurence, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Shawn (Megan), Grandchild
  • Stephen, Bennett, Elizabeth, Grandchilden
  • Ella & Kathryn, Grandchildren
  • Luke and Nathan, Grandchildren
  • Madelyn and Lucas, Great grandchildren

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  • Hospice of South Texas-Dornburg Center
  • The Alzheimer's Association
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john scheumack

November 19, 2020

Coach was always focused on his job as a teacher, coach, and lifestyle advisor to all of us. I was always impressed how he was able to motivate his players on and off the field. I remember him as a "walk the talk" type of guy who could pick up the football and show all of us how to do it by example. He had our respect.......that is certainly something we all want as a part of our legacy! Many Blessings and Prayers to the family.......
John Scheumack

Bunny Hollas

November 18, 2020

Bo, please accept my sympathy on the loss of Allan. I fondly remember all of you during our time when Bill coached with Allan at Victoria High School. I lost my Bill last year after he fought a brave battle with Parkinson's. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Hugs and Blessings,
Bunny Hollas

Ron Arbogast

November 17, 2020

To Bo & The Boys,
Allan was a perfect example of what a man should be. You were fortunate to have him as a Husband, Father and of course the Coach. I never saw the man that he didn't have a smile on his face.
Heaven is blessed to have that smile now. Don't grieve, he'll leave the light on and the rest of us will be along shortly.

Coach Arbo

Prissy Lee

November 16, 2020

I was at VHS when Coach Laurence was there. I just remember his ready laugh, large smile, and being a very kind person. I was never is his classes, nor was he ever my coach but back then girls did not have many team opportunities. My kids were in track in high school & college which gave me a huge respect for the sport and what it gives athletes. I'm sure Coach Laurence was an excellent track coach. Condolences to his family and all those he helped. Job well done Coach!
Prissy Lee, VHS Class of '68
Brookfield, Connecticut

gregory goetz

November 16, 2020

Mrs. L -- You taught me 2yrs, one class likely called language arts at Crain, where I was a killer at sentence diagramming, and the other Latin at VHS. You were very good as were so many of my teachers. I didn't have any class by your husband but easily recall him from my high school years ending in '72. Face, smile, voice, haircut, build. I guess he was just 31-35yo then. And I guess my exposure to him was mostly at Patti Welder stadium where his track teams practiced. I was one of some off-season footballers not meant to be on the track team, but encouraged to stay in shape and get coached. No doubt Coach Laurence yelled at me to go faster. It was a good and healthy time. Tell that man I thank you both. Now use your red pen.

Ursula (Tam) Riemenschneider

November 16, 2020

Coach Laurence was, quite simply, one of the very BEST teachers I had during my years attending VISD schools! As a student in his Howell Jr. High history class, I learned the basic rules of becoming a successful writer and still carry that knowledge with me even today. Coach's passion for teaching and for the best interest of "his" students was obvious; he cared deeply. I remember, too, how he spoke so highly of his wife and three boys. They were fortunate to have been blessed with Coach as the head of their family. My sincere sympathy to all of the Laurence family. May Coach now rest peacefully.

Tracie (Rogers) Brown

November 15, 2020

Coach left a lasting impression on me from 8th grade history at Howell. I always looked forward to his stories and his funny wit. He made sure to let us know he was happy we made it back Monday to class and stayed out of trouble (and the police beat) over the weekend. I took a little of his teaching style and use it in my classroom today. My thoughts and prayers go out to my classmate, Curtis, and the family.

Brandi Foster

November 15, 2020

I don’t really remember many of my teachers, but I had coach for 6th and 8th grade history and he was one of the best teachers I have ever had. He was firm, but fun, and you knew he cared about you. The world has lost a great man.

Ricky and Carol Ann Lenz

November 15, 2020

We were very sad to hear that Coach Laurence. I got to know well
at Victoria High School where he was junior varsity football coach
and varsity track coach. He used to help when I taped ankles for the football players. I always admired Coach Laurence as a fine man
with high principles. He also was an outstanding history teacher at VHS. Coach Laurence always had a smile on his face and was never was in a bad mood. We know that Coach Laurence will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire Laurence during your time of loss.

Jennifer Buchanan

November 15, 2020

Coach Laurence was a teacher I remember 30 years later. He challenged us and made us laugh. He had such a positive impact on so many kids.

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Biography

Allan Hardee Laurence went to his Heavenly home on November 12, 2020. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 14, 1937 to Jesse Robertus and Leah Dillingham Laurence. Growing up in Corpus Christi, he excelled in football, baseball, and track. Allan was named All-Star running back his senior year at Miller High School and was honored to play in the Texas Association All Star Texas Championship. He obtained a full football scholarship to Texas Christian University where he was starting half-back for two Cotton Bowl championship games under Coach Abe Martin. He also played in the first ever Bluebonnet Bowl and was a left-handed pitcher on the TCU baseball team.
After graduation he devoted almost 40 years in public and private education. He served as assistant varsity coach at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi and also as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for Victoria High School. He led track teams to the state championships innumerable times. He taught history and coached at Saint Joseph High School. He always worked hard so that his students and athletes could perform using their best gifts and talents. Allan loved fishing and hunting in his spare time, but his greatest joys were his three sons, his eight grandchildren, and working with young men on the football field or track, helping them to be outstanding athletes. Allan is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jesse Laurence, Jr. Allan is survived by his wife Bonita. They were blessed with 55 years of marriage; three sons: Weldon (Emily) Laurence of Rockwall, TX; Travis (Anna) Laurence of Jonesboro, AR; and Curtis (Amanda) Laurence of Austin, TX. He is also survived by grandchildren: Shawn (Megan), Stephen, Bennett, Elizabeth, Ella, Kathryn, Luke and Nathan. In addition, he has two great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Lucas.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 on Monday, November 16, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to The Alzheimer's Association, Hospice of South Texas - Dornburg Center, or Donor’s choice in Allan’s honor.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

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