He was born on May 14, 1929 in Pocahontas, AR, the son of Jack and Marie (Rogers) Lawrence.
He married Elizabeth Abernathy on July 23, 1954.
He worked for 27 years at Shawnee Community College as a counselor and as superintendent of building and grounds. Before working there, he taught school. He was a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, TN. H.C. was a retired United Methodist minister pasturing at Ebenezer and Saratoga Methodist Church, and had served as chaplain for area prisons. He had also served his country honorably in the US Air Force for 8 years. He had a passion for serving veterans and specialized in veterans counseling during his tenure at Shawnee College. As part of his advocacy for veterans, he was asked to testify on Capitol Hill on Veterans benefits related to housing and education. H.C. served as President of Illinois Veterans Congress, and on the board of Hospitality House and of Bethany Village.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Anna; 5 children, Jack (Beverly) Lawrence of Winston-Salem, NC, Julie Lawrence of Springfield, James “JC” (Mary) Lawrence of Jackson, MO, Joe Lawrence of Springfield, and Jonathan (Sherrie) Lawrence of Nashville, TN; 8 grandchildren, Nicole, Whitney, Abraham, Jacob, Anthony, Teresa, David & Julia; 7 great grandchildren, Halen, Corbin, Scotty, Titan, Christina, Noah and Waylan; 2 sisters, Lanetta Pettit of Godfrey and Louise Watson of Manhattan, IL; 1 brother, Clifton Lawrence of Madison, IN; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Roberta Eickelman; and 1 brother, J.L. Lawrence.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10AM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Brett Yates officiating. Interment will follow at McCrite Cemetery with military honors by the Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455.
Memorials may be made to McCrite Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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