John F. Lawrence

Born: Tue., Dec. 3, 1946
Died: Fri., May 13, 2005

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Landrum, SC

John Floyd Lawrence, 58, of Landrum, SC, husband of Constance "Cam" Fortner Lawrence died peacefully at his home on May 13, 2005.

Mr. Lawrence was born on Dec 3, 1946 in Clinton SC. He is survived by his parents James Walton Lawrence, Sr. and Dorris Watson Hughes of Landrum, his son, James Christopher Fortner Lawrence and wife Maria Lopez-Barrano of Madrid Spain, his daughter, Elizabeth Campbell Lawrence-Baez and husband Alejandro Baez of Columbia, SC. Also surviving are his brother, James Walton Lawrence, Jr "Jerry" and wife Susan; sister, Margaret Lawrence Gibbs of Spartanburg, SC; sister, Jimmie Lawrence Peters Gore of Charleston, SC; sister in law, Peggy Scott Lawrence of Landrum; nephews, Joey Peters and wife Kim of Hanahan, SC; Dean Gibbs of Spartanburg, SC; Robin Gibbs and wife, Linda of Charlotte, NC; nieces, Julie Game and husband McKrae of Spartanburg, SC; Leigh Ann Sayer and husband Ron and Amy Funicello and husband Troy of Charleston, SC, Jamie Morris and husband Steve and Gina Chesnutt; 13 Great nieces and nephews. Also "adopted" by the Lawrences are Nadja Herud of Graz, Austria and Libreville, Gabon, Corrado Leali of Suzzara, Italy and Florian Dotterl of Dusseldorf, Germany.

Mr. Lawrence was predeceased by his mother and father in law, John and Connie Fortner of Greenville, SC and niece, Angela Marie Lawrence of Landrum, SC.

Mr. Lawrence lived in Clinton, Appleton, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, SC and Shallotte, NC before coming to Landrum in 1955 at the age of nine with his family to found the Landrum Leader.

After graduating from Landrum High, Mr. Lawrence attended the University of South Carolina School of Journalism graduating in 1974 after serving four years in the United States Navy. He remained in the Navy Reserve and retired in 2001 as a Chief Warrant Officer after 31 years of service.

After returning to Landrum in 1974, Mr. Lawrence followed in his father's footsteps as editor and manager of the News Leader. For the last 16 years he was been the general manager of Upstate Newspapers, Inc.

Mr. Lawrence was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Tryon, NC for the past 30 years. During this time he served on the vestry for multiple terms and as junior warden. He was also a member of the choir, chalice bearer and usher.

Mr. Lawrence was the past president of the Landrum Lions Club and the Landrum Chamber of Commerce. He was honored as Man of the Year by both the Landrum Lions Club and the Polk County Jaycees. He was also a member of the Inman Post of the American Legion, the Landrum High School Band Boosters and the Piedmont Area Girl Scout Board.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the communities of Landrum, Tryon, Columbus and the staff of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for their support and compassion over the last 19 months.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday at Petty Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 4:00 pm Wendesday at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church conducted by Father Michael Doty and Father Michael Penland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 134 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, NC 28722, or Holy Cross Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund, Box 279, Tryon, NC 28782 or AFS of Polk County, c/o of Linda Haynes, 212 Pacolet St. Pacolet St., Tryon, NC 28782 .

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Ignacio & Sofia Baez
   Posted Sat May 14, 2005
Our most sincere condolences for you and your family


Ignacio & Sofia Baez

Ignacio & Jennifer Baez
   Posted Sat May 14, 2005
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family


Ignacio & Jennifer Baez

Katie Pcenicni
   Posted Sun May 15, 2005
Cam and Family, I am so sorry about John. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With my love, Katie Pcenicni and Family

Vannette Wells
   Posted Sun May 15, 2005
My deepest sympathy is with the family. John was an exceptional person. I have fond memories of bringing my fourth grade students for tours of the News Leader. God's blessing for each of you.

Mary Settle Reeves
   Posted Sun May 15, 2005
Love, blessings and prayers to you and your family.

Scott & Carolyn H. Steinecke
   Posted Sun May 15, 2005
Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to John's family. He is now at peace after a long struggle. We will miss having John in our lives.

Carl & Shirley Harris
   Posted Sun May 15, 2005
So sorry to read of John's death. Know he had been ill for sometime. Have heard that he's been a real trooper during his time of sickness. He was a very fine person. Our sympathy and love go out to the family during this time of bereavement. May God bless you all.

Ronnie Blackwell
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005

Alan Breeden
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Please accept my condolences for
your loss and for your family's loss. Please let me, or anyone at Stearn's, know how we can help you at this time.


Alan Breeden

Kathy Cochran
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Dear Cam,
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. John like you gave so much to his fellow man. Thank you for all that you have done for my family and God bless you during this difficult time.
Kathy Cochran

tus compis.
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
nuestro mas sincero pesame chris. Un abrazo muy fuerte para ti y toda tu familia. De tus compañeros de ad-store.

Fernando Motta
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Querido Chris, lo siento mucho.
Un abrazo muy grande. Fer.

Maria Martin
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Lo siento mucho Chris.
Un fuerte abrazo para ti y toda tu familia.

   Posted Mon May 16, 2005

Javier Revilla
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Chris, lo siento mucho y les doy el pesame a ti y a tu familia.

Tricia Thain
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Dear Liz,
Just got Lynn's email about your dear dad. You have been in my thoughts this year, and I miss you so much here at LMES.
I know you are at peace knowing that your dad is no longer suffering, but I know you will miss him so much. As time passes, those wonderful memories will become sweeter and sweeter. Take care of yourself and know that you are in my prayers.
With love,

Abigail & Ethan Gallagher
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
our sympathies to the entire familly, especially our dearest friends and neighbors liz and alex. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick & Juanita Wofford
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
To John: Thank you for your warm, caring spirit and your unselfish love of this small town in the foothills of the mountains. Thank you for the love and friendship you showed our son, Richie. The trip you took him on to Norfolk was very special to him. We always appreciated it when you asked about "The Admiral" every time you saw us. He was promoted to Lt.(j.g.) just this past week.

To Cam and the family: Thank you for sharing a true gentleman with us. We know there were many nights that he could have been at home but he was reporting stories about common people in Landrum. We were always thrilled us to see our name in print. We were all truly blessed to have known John. May God bless his soul and give him rest.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Matt & Susan Fortner
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Cam and family,
we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

love to all,
matt, susan, daniel, sarah & james fortner

Laura and Tom Conard
   Posted Mon May 16, 2005
Thank you all for letting us share this experience with you. You have shown us all the power of faith, love and courage under fire.

We are blest because you are in our lives. John is always in our hearts, so he is never far away.

Love, Laura and Tom

Pablo Rodriguez
   Posted Tue May 17, 2005
Animo Chris.
Si necesitas algo, aqui estamos.

Un saludo

Marta Fernandez
   Posted Tue May 17, 2005
Hola Chris,

Lo siento mucho. Solo puedo decirte que tengas mucho animo y que entre toda la familia intenteis seguir adelante con fuerza porque ya sabes que el asi lo hubiera querido. Un beso muy fuerte,


Kerry Cehen and Family
   Posted Tue May 17, 2005
Cam, our deepest sympathies are extend to you during the lose of your life's partner, John.

May you find comfort in cherishing the memories that you shared.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Beth Jackson Gambrell
   Posted Tue May 17, 2005
I was very sorry to read of John's passing. I have lost contact with so many from back home and try to keep up thru the Spartanburg Herald via email. My sympathy to the entire family. I remember being in the band with John. He was always so helpful, friendly, and smart.

gwen neves wood
   Posted Tue May 17, 2005
just wanted to send sympathy to the family. I used to read johns column in the leader, even though i live in forest city. my mother lived in landrum, so i would always get her papers. I graduated with john, and i thought he was always a gentlman. such a loss. sincerely, gwen wood

Alberto borge
   Posted Wed May 18, 2005
Chris, te acompaño en le sentimiento. Un abrazo para ti y para tu familia.

David Dotson
   Posted Wed May 18, 2005
I am sorry to hear of John's passing. My sympathies to the John Lawrence family. You are in my prayers.

Kim Hutzell
   Posted Wed May 18, 2005
On behalf of the Girl Scouts of the Piedmont Area Council, I express our sympathy to John's family. I only had the opportunity to interact with John by phone having moved to this council following his tenure on the board. However, I have heard of his involvement and I know he stayed abreast of our written correspondnece. I will certainly share this news with others that served with him.

Willie & Denese Dameron
   Posted Thu May 19, 2005
You're all in our thoughts & prayers.

Larry Hamrick
   Posted Mon May 23, 2005
Cam, Please accept my condolences. John was a very special person.

Florian Doetterl
   Posted Mon May 23, 2005
For nine months John welcomed me to his family and treated me like one of his own children. John made these months very special to me, very important and pleasant. A time I like to jump back to in memories. I am very sorry that John is no longer with us. Love, Florian

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