Russell Jay Lawrence, 67, of Hugo, Okla., died March 5, 2018, in Dallas,Texas.
He was was born June 13, 1950, to Leroy Lawrence and Jessie Mae (Lung) Lawrence in Soper, Okla. He married Joyce Faye Chapman in Paris, Texas, on Jan. 9, 1976. He retired from the City of Rockwall, Texas, as the Parks and Recreation superintendent in 2014 after 40 years and 4 months of dedicated, exemplary service to his community.
Russell touched so many people's hearts in his lifetime, beginning with his family and reaching far and wide. Every moment in his life was utilized as a teaching moment, or an opportunity to learn something new himself. Even during the last few months of his life, he was touching the lives of people he met during his extended stay in the hospital.
Russell was an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan and truly loved gold panning adventures. Rain or shine, he could always be found fishing, playing and coaching softball, enjoying a football or basketball game, deer hunting, and when the weather cooperated, mastering the golf course. He lovingly shared all these skills with his children and grandchildren. Family was, without a doubt, the most important thing to Russell. He loved nothing more than to be surrounded by his large family during family dinners, where he would inevitably prank everyone. Go Rest High On That Mountain, Russell - Dad - Papa - Brother and Uncle.
"The love in our family grows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep."
Russell was preceded in death by both parents and one brother, Kennedy Lawrence.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Faye Lawrence of Hugo, Okla.; sons Wayne Lawrence and wife Kelly of Rockwall and Clifton Dale Griffin of Mansfield, Texas; daughter Carla Joy Carroll and husband Jeff of Rockwall; sisters Charlotte Heady of Hugo, Dora Carlile and husband, Jimmy of Hugo, Betsie Hunter of Hugo, Loretta Manasco and husband David of Laurel, Miss.; brothers Leroy Lawrence Jr. of Tulsa, Okla., and David Calvin Lawrence of Hugo; grandchildren April Leann, Joel Benjamin, and Garrett Logan Griffin, Lorin Nicole Sledge and husband Derek, Megan Michelle and husband Sam Murphy, Kadie Dawn Lawrence, Courtney Elizabeth Lattimore, and Austin Taylor Lawrence and wife Ashley; asnd great-grandchildren Avery Sledge, Trinity Sledge, Mya Lawrence and three more on the way.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 9, at Miller & Miller Funeral Home, 410 South "F" Street, Hugo, OK.
His funeral service was at 2 p.m., March 10, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hugo, Okla., with Bro. Mike Merritt officiating. Interment was at Goodland Cemetery, Goodland, Okla.
Published on March 13, 2018