Lt. Col. Ret. Charles William "Larry" Lawrence, Sr., 90, of Sweetwater died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
Known to many as "Colonel Larry" Lawrence was editor at the Sweetwater Reporter from 1957-1960, also serving at several other newspapers. He is most know for his military service and military coverage as a newspaperman.
Lawrence served as a staff writer, business editor, military editor and oil and gas editor at the Abilene Reporter-News, working there from 1973-1981 as part of a 25-yar newspaper career. He was also an aviation editor and book review editor. He was the city editor for the Amarillo Globe-Times and Daily News in 1960 when that newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering a political scandal. He was also the editor of the Childress Index from 1952-1957.
Lawrence had served in the military for 28 years in reserve and active duty, serving in six military branches including the he Royal Canadian Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy and United States Army. He worked in the Pentagon during his last two years of service before retiring as a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army.
Lawrence was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater. He served on the Nolan County Library Board and was a long-time member of the Sweetwater Lions Club. He had lived in Sweetwater since 1989.
Graveside services by a full U.S. Army Military Honor Guard for Lt. Col. Ret. Charles William "Larry" Lawrence, Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. Rev. Robert Singleton will officiate and interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Lawrence of Sweetwater; son, Charles Lawrence, Jr. and wife Salmah of Abilene; daughters, Garna Perry Fisher of Sweetwater and Stephanie Singleton and husband Robert of Austin; brother, Jere Lawrence of Amarillo; daughter-in-law, Karen Lawrence of Silverton, Oregon; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Allen Lawrence; and two sons-in-law, Leonard Perry and Billy Fisher.
Pallbearers will be the U.S. Army Military Honor Guard.