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Ernest Lawrence

December 7, 1935 May 19, 2023
Ernest Lawrence
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Ernest Allen Lawrence, Jr. (lovingly known by his family as Al) age 87, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Friday, May 19, 2023 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was the son of Ernest Allen Lawrence, Sr. and Alma Alexander Lawrence. Al graduated from Trigg County High School then went on to earn a B.S. in agriculture from Murray State. Upon graduation he served two years as a radio operator in the Army. After the military, he began his career as a food inspector with the USDA where he completed over twenty years of inspections across the U.S. He continued to fulfill various roles until completely retiring in Waxahachie, TX.

Al married Carol Southard on March 22, 1964 and she quickly found that the way to his heart was definitely through his stomach. He loved to eat and absolutely never missed a meal, never. It did not matter if he sat down at eight in the morning or noon, breakfast was always the first meal of the day then shortly followed by lunch then supper. He was sure to eat his three meals plus snacks. He also made sure that no matter how many channels he had to flip through, he was determined to find a race to watch. From car races to motorcycle races, the sound of loud engines roared through the house every Sunday.

The couple settled down in Bowling Green, Kentucky where they raised their two children. Al was no stranger to hard work and getting his hands dirty. He spent a lot of his time outside in the garden or tinkering around in the garage. Whether or not anything was fixed during those countless hours in the garage is a different story. However, his work ethic was something that was proudly passed through the family and will forever be a Lawrence trait.

Al is left behind by his wife of 59 years, Carol Sue Lawrence of Chuluota, FL; his son, Richard Lawrence of Wylie, TX and daughter, April Lawrence (Eddie) of Chuluota, FL; five grandchildren Bethany Lawrence of San Diego, CA; Kayla Ellerbe of Geneva, FL; Marissa Ellerbe of Mims, FL; Lukah Lawrence-Brenner and Tristan Ellerbe of Chuluota, FL; two great-grandchildren Carolli Becker and Jaina Jarry; and his sister-in-law, Carolyn Lawrence of Cadiz, KY.

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