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Billy Clyde Lawrence

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Billy Clyde Lawrence Veteran

Birth
Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA
Death
23 Jan 1997 (aged 78)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Live Oak Section, Lot 165, Space 5
Memorial ID
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Son of C F Lawrence and Lola Lee Little.

Obituary:
Billy C. Lawrence
FORT WORTH -- Billy Clyde Lawrence, 78, a resident of Fort Worth, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Dr. Clifford Williams and Dr. Scott Hookey, officiating.

Pallbearers: Rear Admiral Corwin Mendenhall, USN retired, Major General H.E. Humfeld, U.S. Air Force, retired, Hugo Bryan, L.C. Barrett, Bill Jobes, Calvin Quick, Adam Crabtree and Woody Barnes. Honorary pallbearers: Allen Crabtree, Daniel Lawence and Mason Lawrence.

Memorials: The American Heart Association.

Bill Lawrence was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Greenville, Texas, a fourth generation Texan. During his childhood he enjoyed sailing in the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin prior to marrying Dorothy Jeanette Cosner. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1941 and was stationed in Stockton, Calif., to attend advanced flying school. He was assigned to active duty with the 390th Bomb Group in the European Theater, as captain and pilot of a B-17. While returning from a survivor search mission on Aug. 15, 1943, his plane was shot down over occupied France. He was captured by German troops in the Dunkirk area and held as a POW in Stalag Lutt 3 until the camp was liberated by General George Patton in April 1945.

After the war, Bill moved to Sherman, Texas, where he founded Lawrence Lumber Co. He later held sales positions with the U.S. Gypsum Co., Texas Gypsum and Republic Gypsum, winning a number of awards for his performance. Bill and family relocated to Fort Worth in the Spring of 1958. While raising his family in Fort Worth, Bill enjoyed numerous activities, among which were photography, sailing and camping. He was a past president of the Fort Worth Camera Club and Paschal Booster Club. Bill also served on the founding board of the Blue Raiders as well as donated time to many other community organizations. He continued his career in the building industry until his retirement from Republic Gypsum in 1988. In the last years of his life, Bill enjoyed all of his friends in the Golden K's Kiwanis Club, Metrotex Camping Club and Frontier Sams Camping Club.

Although Bill will be remembered for his service to his country in a time of war, most will remember him for his gentleness and love.

Survivors: He leaves his wife, Louise Barnes Lawrence; sons, Billy C. Lawrence Jr. and his wife, Jodi, of Fort Worth and Dan L. Lawrence and his wife, Charmaine, of Fort Worth; daughters, Patti Crabtree and her husband, Jim, of Fort Worth, and Libby Lawrence of Fort Worth; and grandsons, Daniel and Mason Lawrence and Adam and Allen Crabtree.
(Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345)
Son of C F Lawrence and Lola Lee Little.

Obituary:
Billy C. Lawrence
FORT WORTH -- Billy Clyde Lawrence, 78, a resident of Fort Worth, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Dr. Clifford Williams and Dr. Scott Hookey, officiating.

Pallbearers: Rear Admiral Corwin Mendenhall, USN retired, Major General H.E. Humfeld, U.S. Air Force, retired, Hugo Bryan, L.C. Barrett, Bill Jobes, Calvin Quick, Adam Crabtree and Woody Barnes. Honorary pallbearers: Allen Crabtree, Daniel Lawence and Mason Lawrence.

Memorials: The American Heart Association.

Bill Lawrence was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Greenville, Texas, a fourth generation Texan. During his childhood he enjoyed sailing in the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin prior to marrying Dorothy Jeanette Cosner. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1941 and was stationed in Stockton, Calif., to attend advanced flying school. He was assigned to active duty with the 390th Bomb Group in the European Theater, as captain and pilot of a B-17. While returning from a survivor search mission on Aug. 15, 1943, his plane was shot down over occupied France. He was captured by German troops in the Dunkirk area and held as a POW in Stalag Lutt 3 until the camp was liberated by General George Patton in April 1945.

After the war, Bill moved to Sherman, Texas, where he founded Lawrence Lumber Co. He later held sales positions with the U.S. Gypsum Co., Texas Gypsum and Republic Gypsum, winning a number of awards for his performance. Bill and family relocated to Fort Worth in the Spring of 1958. While raising his family in Fort Worth, Bill enjoyed numerous activities, among which were photography, sailing and camping. He was a past president of the Fort Worth Camera Club and Paschal Booster Club. Bill also served on the founding board of the Blue Raiders as well as donated time to many other community organizations. He continued his career in the building industry until his retirement from Republic Gypsum in 1988. In the last years of his life, Bill enjoyed all of his friends in the Golden K's Kiwanis Club, Metrotex Camping Club and Frontier Sams Camping Club.

Although Bill will be remembered for his service to his country in a time of war, most will remember him for his gentleness and love.

Survivors: He leaves his wife, Louise Barnes Lawrence; sons, Billy C. Lawrence Jr. and his wife, Jodi, of Fort Worth and Dan L. Lawrence and his wife, Charmaine, of Fort Worth; daughters, Patti Crabtree and her husband, Jim, of Fort Worth, and Libby Lawrence of Fort Worth; and grandsons, Daniel and Mason Lawrence and Adam and Allen Crabtree.
(Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345)

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