Charles Richard “Ricky” Lawrence, 56, went to be with the Lord after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, September 11, 2011, his 29th wedding anniversary, surrounded by his family. Born April 19, 1955 in Portsmouth, he was the son of Bill Lawrence and the late Peggy Lawrence. A talented musician, he started singing with his two sisters at the age of 8. By the time he was 13, he was playing the piano and singing with the Gospel group, “The Galileans.” He enjoyed driving school buses for Portsmouth Christian School.
A proud grandfather, Ricky looked forward to teaching his grandson, Cameron, how to play the piano. He had an infectious love for life and his family and loved sitting in his front yard with them and his friends, and shopping for deals at the thrift store. Rick also loved Thursday morning breakfasts at Cracker Barrel with his father and children. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where he faithfully played the piano for over ten years.
Besides his father Bill and his wife, Jane, Ricky is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Lawrence; two daughters, Kirstyn R. West & her husband, Casey, and Heather N. “Buddi” Lawrence; two sons, Jesse W. Lawrence and Jason A. Lawrence; a grandson, Cameron R. West, all of Chesapeake; two sisters, Lea Ann Lozaw & her husband, Les of Newport News, and Peggy Lyn Sermons & her husband, Stan of Chesapeake; three brothers, Ralph “Billy” Lawrence and his wife, Nancy of Elizabeth City, NC, Robert “Rob” Lawrence and his wife, Linda of Lanexa, VA and Michael Lawrence and his wife, Doreen, of Newport News; several nieces and nephews; extended family members, Kasarah Bennett, Jon Drouin; and his “Galilean Family,” Ken Channell, Randy Radford, and Gary Hackworth.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 1322 George Washington Highway, N, Chesapeake. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Deep Creek Baptist Church, 250 Mill Creek Parkway, Chesapeake. Interment will follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to The Gideons International, www.gideons.org.
The family would like to especially thank Connie and Wendy from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Mary from Sentara Hospice for their tender care during Ricky’s illness.
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