Deacon Emeritus' Obituary
Deacon Emeritus Roosevelt Lawrence, Sr “Spray Man “of Tampa, Florida departed this life on September 16, 2019. Home going celebration will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Peace Progressive M. B. Church, 2607 E. 24th Avenue Tampa, Florida with Bishop Sylvester Robinson, Senior Pastor Officiating Eulogist. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, 4615 E. Hanna Avenue, Tampa, Florida.
Deacon Emeritus Roosevelt Lawrence, Sr. was born in Eufaula, Alabama on November 5, 1934 to the union of the late Arester Lawrence and the late Annie M. Lawrence. He was educated in the Public Schools of Barbour County, Alabama. He retired from Hillsborough County School System. Deacon Lawrence was joined in holy matrimony to Sis. Bertha Lawrence from this union they had 4 children.
He began his Christian journey at an early age. He joined Peace Progressive Missionary Baptist Church where he was a devoted servant and faithful member.
He was preceded in death by parents, Arester Lawrence and Annie M. Lawrence; daughter, Linda Gant.
He leaves to cherish wonderful memories that will live forever in the hearts of his wife, Bertha Lawrence of 63 years; loving children, Terrence (Cathy), Roosevelt Jr. (Felicia), and Gregory; grandson/caregiver, Terryl Collins; grand-children, Tanya (Antonio) Johnson, Shanica (Ryan) Copeland, Cynthia Mills, Terrin (David) Beitler, Mario (Sierra) Lawrence, Tameka (Loubbin) Ducatel, Trey Parker, Danielle Parker, Deidra McGruder, Gregory Lawrence, Jr., Berticia McKnight, Tellis Lawrence; 2 great great grandchildren; 1 brother, Preston Lawrence, Tampa Florida; 3 sisters, Annie Bell (Ron) Cochran and Dorothy Grady of Tampa Florida, Mary Ann Richards, Eufaula Alabama; a host of great nephews, great nieces, cousins, and extended family.
There will be a viewing on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Peace Progressive M. B. Church with the family present.