Evelyn Lawrence

Published 8:07 pm Saturday, November 17, 2012

Evelyn “Everlina” Lawrence, 100, peacefully and quietly departed her earthly life on Nov. 14, 2012, at Sentara Obici Hospital. Born in Nansemond County on Oct. 23, 1912 to the late Annie M. Lawrence and the late Herbert Lawrence. Her only sibling, the late Charlie Lawrence, preceded her in death. Her only son, the Rev. William A. Lawrence, also preceded her in death. She attended Marshall School in Nansemond County, then later attended Lott Carey School, Norfolk, Va., where she was an honor student.


After her education, she worked as a housekeeper for various local families for many years, in addition to raising her children as a single parent.

At a very early age, she joined Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, (Holland Station) Suffolk, Va., where she was a faithful member. She was a very active member of the Pastor’s Aid Ministry and Willing Workers Ministry for more than 50 years. She was one of the original members of the Women’s Chorus Ministry. She loved attending Sunday School (Class #3). She was faithful in her attendance of over 70 years, until her health began to fail.

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On her 100th birthday this year she cast her absentee ballot for the 2012 Presidential Election. She was a faithful and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She leaves to mourn, two daughters; Janice M. Lawrence Carter, Franklin, Va.; Ann P. Lawrence Ricks (Willard), Franklin, Va.; one grandson Bobby L. Carter Jr. (LaTilda) Suffolk, Va.; one step-great-grandson, Charles Willis, of Suffolk, Va.; three faithful, devoted friends Tom Bell, Suffolk, Va.; Ella Davis, Newport News, Va.; Shirley Watson, Norfolk, Va.; a loyal and devoted caregiver, Charnika Waters, and a host of relatives and friends.

The celebration of life service will be conducted at noon on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Suffolk, Va. The Rev. William L. Lang is pastor and officiator.

Services are entrusted to Engram Funeral Home, Franklin, Va.