Early in the morning on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend Gerald Ray Lawrence entered into eternal rest. Gerald was born on September 26, 1949, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, to Mrs. Minnie Lawrence and the late Mr. Grady Lawrence.
He received his primary and secondary education in New York City Public Schools and attended the College of New Rochelle, north of New York City. Gerald then began working as a corrections officer with the New York City Department of Correction, retiring after a long career serving at Rikers Island. He soon began a second career as a tractor-trailer driver, enjoying long trips transporting goods across the country.
Gerald and family eventually moved from their home in Islandia, NY, to Virginia Beach, VA, in 1994. In Virginia Gerald became a born-again believer and rekindled his faith, joining the dedicated community of worshipers at Cavalry Virginia Beach.
Gerald’s hobbies included cars, motorcycles, history, travel and music, among other things.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Nopporn (Tina) Lawrence; his two daughters, Shannon Lawrence of Crofton, MD, and Naomi Harper of Winter Springs, FL; his son Brian Lawrence of Virginia Beach, VA; his grandsons Talib Baccous, whom he raised and loved as a son, and Marcus Harper; his granddaughters Paris Hester and Katrina Wanliss; his sister Marjorie Hurston-Urbina of Peekskill, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1