The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Bridges Road, Buena Vista, Georgia, where Reverend Felton Poole is pastor. The Reverend Zechariah Terry will officiate. Interment will follow in Evans Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery, 498 Enterprise Church Road, Preston, Georgia.
Mrs. Minnie Lee Thomas Lawrence was born on February 28, 1954 in Buena Vista, Georgia to Mrs. Eula Thomas Green. She was reared by her late grandmother, Mrs. Ida Mae Robinson Thomas. She received her education in Marion County, completing high school at Marion County High School in Buena Vista, Georgia. At an early age, she joined Evan Chapel C.M.E. Church in Preston, Georgia. She was also a member of Wings of Faith Worldwide Ministries, which was, at that time, located in East Point, Georgia. She later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she met her husband Mr. Jerry Lawrence. They recently celebrated 42 years of marriage. To this union, two children were born. Mrs. Lawrence was a retired state worker from Cobb and Douglas Public Health retiring in October of 2015. On Tuesday July 5th at 12:33 A.M., she was called home to be with the Lord. “If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8
A beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, she leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Mr. Jerry Lawrence, daughters, Miss Vernika Lawrence and Miss Jarquetta “Kion” Lawrence with a special daughter Honey, all of Riverdale, Georgia; her mother, Mrs. Eula Thomas Green of Buena Vista, Georgia; brothers and spouse, Mr. Henry Thomas of Buena Vista, Georgia, Mr. Larry Thomas (Sabina) of Kuwait, and Mr. William Green of Buena Vista, Georgia; a sister, Ms. Barbara Green Robertson of Buena Vista, Georgia; three uncles and their spouses, Mr. George W. Thomas Sr. (Doris), Mr. Essie Thomas, and Mr. Willie Thomas, all of Buena Vista, Georgia; two aunts and spouse, Mrs. Doris Thomas Milner (Jimmy) of Columbus, Georgia and Miss. Bobbie Jean Thomas of Buena Vista, Georgia; a devoted friend, Mr. Tommy Frank Gardner of Atlanta, Georgia; a childhood friend, Ms. Flossie Ellis of Jacksonville, Florida; three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Mr. John Lawrence (Jessie) of Greensboro, Georgia, Mr. James (Yvonne) Lawrence and Mr. Willie Lawrence of Atlanta, Georgia; five sisters-in-law, Ms. Hattie Saunders, Ms. Celestine Lawrence, Ms. Marie Marcus, Miss Delores Lawrence, all of Atlanta, Georgia and Mrs. Susie Gresham of Far Rockaway, New York; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.