Dr. Tracy Nelson Lawrence, a long-time resident of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 7th of June 2012, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elma Lee Lawrence and is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Sandra Lee Lawrence. Tracy was born in Logan, Texas on the 27th of September 1917, the son of Robert and ArriZona (Adam) Lawrence. After attending Carthage High School, where he lettered in four sports, Tracy joined the Trinity CCC Tree Army Camp to provide for his family on the 7th of July 1934. He then proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably...
Dr. Tracy Nelson Lawrence, a long-time resident of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 7th of June 2012, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elma Lee Lawrence and is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Sandra Lee Lawrence.
Tracy was born in Logan, Texas on the 27th of September 1917, the son of Robert and ArriZona (Adam) Lawrence. After attending Carthage High School, where he lettered in four sports, Tracy joined the Trinity CCC Tree Army Camp to provide for his family on the 7th of July 1934. He then proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged as the youngest ranked Chief Petty Officer. While attending a parade honoring the homecoming of the soldiers he met Elma Lee Martin. They married in May of 1947 and had two daughters, Sandra Lee Lawrence and Karon Lynn Lawrence. He successfully started and managed two businesses, Eureka Concrete Company and Houston Truck & Equipment, for over fifty years. In addition, he invested in the banking and real estate market.
Tracy Lawrence's signature characteristic was his generosity. Through the unexpected death of his daughter, Sandra Lee, his love for Christian Education was born. As one of its founders, Tracy and Lee became long-time friends of Houston Baptist University. The University recognized his Christian leadership, commitment to Christian higher education, and service as a member of the Board of Trustees, in May of 2006 by bestowing upon him with an honorary Doctorate for his contributions, the University's most prestigious award. Additionally, Tracy and Lee Lawrence, along with their daughter, Karon, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, were named the first "Family of the Year" by HBU in recognition of their love and support for the University. Landmarks on the HBU campus, named in honor of the Lawrence's, include Lawrence Park and the Hinton Academic Center, in memory of their daughter, Sandra Lee Lawrence, whose name can be seen above the main entrance to the Center. In addition, the Lawrence's established three full scholarships that repeatedly benefit many students through the university. They are lifetime members of the Presidential Counsel and the Covenant Society. Houston Baptist University appreciates his service and dedication of nearly fifty years. The remembrance of Tracy can be admired through the future growth of all the trees on campus, which he personally donated at the founding of the university. "Where some see dirt, I see the future." are the words spoken by Tracy at the groundbreaking ceremony that will always be remembered.
As a dedicated Christian, Tracy was a long time active member and Charter Deacon of Second Baptist Church for over seventy years. His love for God showed in his generosity. His strong faith and personal relationship with the Lord was shown daily as he led by example, inspiring so many people to accept the Lord as their Savior. He was known for spreading the word of God through his knowledge of the Bible. Members of the church know him for his noble heart, wise counsel, and undying faith in Jesus Christ.
Tracy Lawrence recently donated Lawrence Hall in his father's loving memory, Robert C. Lawrence, to Logan Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where Tracy attended church as a boy.
To further serve his community, Tracy was an honored sixty year member of the S.P. Waltrip Masonic Lodge. He graduated to the next level of the Arabia Temple Shriners Golfers Drum Core. He achieved the highest level of the Royal Order of Jesters.
Throughout his life, Tracy created an increasingly wide circle of friends from many great walks of life. A man of great loyalty to his family and friends, Tracy was known for his humor, love of golf, generosity and work ethic.
In addition to his parents and daughter, Tracy is preceded in death and sole survivor of his siblings Milas, Homer, Infant Baby Girl, Infant Baby Boy, Bobbie Inez, Bonnie Irene, Noble Silas, Opal IC, Rayburn Wayne, Price Winton, and Robert Quinton. Those left to celebrate his life are his beloved wife, Elma Lee Lawrence; daughter, Karon Lynn Lawrence; five grandchildren, Sandra Jelliff Wilson, Tracy Jelliff Donalson, Lori Jelliff Donalson, Michael Allen Jelliff, and Jonathan Stephen Jelliff, all of Houston. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Martin Wilson, Taylor Nelson Donalson, Grayson Scott Wilson, Sidney Lynn Donalson, and Pierce Dennis Donalson, all of Houston.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 11th of June, in the Library and Grand Foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service celebrating his life is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 12th of June, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston, where Rev. John Barksdale, Executive Director of Pastoral Ministries, is to officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Deacons' Parlor.
Later in the week, the family is to gather for a private interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Apple Springs, Texas.
In lieu of customary remembrances the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Dr. Lawrence's name be directed to The Arabia Temple Shriners, 10510 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX, 77036.
Tracy Lawrence lovingly coined this phrase, inspired by the Adams' family name, to express his personal love for each of the grandchildren and great grandchildren: "You have a lot of Adam in you!" Now the children have the honor of expressing their love in return, "Popey, you had a lot of Adam in you!"