Born March 15, 1934, in Pollard, Ark., to the late David Monroe and Rita Dees Lawrence, he was a landowner and farmer, with ownership in various other businesses. He was a graduate of Piggot, Ark. High School, and in 1955 he graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a degree in agriculture/economics. He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1960, serving as a first lieutenant.
Survivors include Mary Elizabeth Woods, of the home in Vero Beach; two sons and one daughter-in-law, David Monroe Lawrence, of Kennett and Gaylon and Lisa Lawrence, Jr., of Memphis, and one sister and brother-in-law, Martina and Robert Davis of Pollard. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Drew Lawrence, of Wilson, Ark., Westin Lawrence, a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mollie Claire Lawrence, of Memphis, Pia Lawrence, a student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and one niece, Patricia Davis, of Jonesboro, Ark.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, with the Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery at Pollard.
Online condolences may be shared at www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Gaylon M. Lawrence Scholarship Fund for Piggott, Arkansas High School, c/o Piggott, Arkansas State Bank, Attn: Paula, P.O. Box 307, Piggott, AR 72454.