Mr. Oscar Eugene Lawrence, age 69 of Jonesboro, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, May 9, 2020 after a lengthy illness. He was born to Gertrude and Oscar Lawrence on December 13, 1950. He had two loves of his life, race cars and Peggy Nan Dark, who he married on March 5, 1968. His first job was driving a skidder for his father’s logging business before moving to Orange, Texas; where he worked in a Navy shipyard. After bringing his family back to Jackson Parish and residing in Chatham, LA he provided for his wife and sons by working in the oilfield.
Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Gertrude Lawrence, age 102; his sons, Joe Lawrence, Josh Lawrence and Robyn, Jason Lawrence, Joshua Lawrence, Jr.; grandchildren, Angela Brouillete and Richard, Kimberly James and Jamie, Jazzmine Stuckey, Natalie Lawrence, Landon Lawrence, Cayliee Lawrence; great grandchildren, Ariel Burnett, Soloman James, Abigail James; sisters, Sue Stevens, Patricia Wiltcher; brother in law, Michael Dark and Sarah; sister in laws, Deborah Foster and Joe Joe, Sue Robinson and Peanut, Doris Bridges; and a slew (meaning more than we can count) of nieces, nephews other family and friends. Preceding Mr. Lawrence in death are his wife, Peggy (Dark) Lawrence; granddaughter, April Lawrence; father, Oscar Lawrence.
A viewing was held for Mr. Lawrence on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel from 10:00AM-12:00PM followed by the Funeral services at 12:00PM with Sister Julie Tippen officiating. Burial took place in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Serving the family as pallbearers will be Michael Dark, Shane Walker, Chris Tippen, Mitchell Kennedy, Lane Tippen and Brian Evans.
The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowview Nursing & Rehab for treating Gene like family. Special thanks to his “Baby”, Chanell Hamilton for going above and beyond her call of duty. Thanks also go to Post Acute (Lifecare) staff and doctors in Shreveport for taking excellent care of him the past several weeks. We appreciate you all and God bless our heroes!