Beatrice Lawrence

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 26, 2010

Beatrice Ashley Lawrence, 87, passed away July 25, 2010 in Sentara Nursing Center in Chesapeake. She was the daughter of the late Garland G. and Ora Ashley. She was also predeceased by her husband, Charles Henry Lawrence Jr.; and sisters, Mollie Lee Welch, Louise Boyette, and Maxine Ward.
Born in Roxboro, N.C., Beatrice was a bank teller for Bank of Suffolk. She was also a member of West End Baptist Church in Suffolk.
Survivors include her daughters, Jo Ann L. Rawls and husband, Lewis III, of Lawrenceville, Ga., Deborah L. Apthorpe and husband, Dr. John R. Apthorpe, of Cypress, Calif.; grandchildren, J. Lewis Rawls IV, and Joseph G. Rawls; sisters, Era Mae Ashley, of Greensboro, N.C., and Margie Hensley, of Burlington, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. T. Floyd Irby in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434 on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the West End Baptist Church, 501 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite #102, Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences may be registered at


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