William Anthony Lawrence Sr., was born on September 7, 1935, in New Kent County to the late George and Florine Lawrence. He departed this life on Monday, February 15, 2021, at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk.
At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Personal Savior and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He regularly attended church until his health began to decline.
He graduated from New Kent High School. He served his country for three years with the United States Army and retired from Camp Peary after thirty-one years of service.
On April 13, 1960, William married the love of his life Vertana Walker. The happy couple moved to Croaker and was blessed with five loving children.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vertana Lawrence, and eleven siblings. He leaves to cherish precious memories with his sons, Russell Walker (Rosalind), William Lawrence Jr. (Alida) and Stephon Lawrence (Victoria); daughters, Vanessa Lawrence and Daphne Hill; seven grandchildren, Marcus Ashby (Jessica), Morris Cooper Jr., Tori Gwaltney, Gabrielle Lawrence, Chelsea Hill, Tre Hill and Raven Walker; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 22, 2021, at Whiting's Funeral Home. Interment with military honors to follow in Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery. Due to the current health pandemic, only 50 people may be in attendance with facial coverings and social distancing requirements. Facebook Livestream will be available at the start of the service. Mr. Lawrence may be viewed from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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