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April 16, 1925 - May 9, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Albert Gray Lawrence (87), of Oklahoma City, was born on April 16, 1925 in Breckenridge, Texas to Albert D. and Pearl Lawrence and died May 9, 2012 in Oklahoma City. Gray, as he was known best, led a life from which to learn. From his humble roots of growing up on the farm, he learned the lesson that hard work pays off. He used this lesson in his trade as a watch maker and jeweler. In the early years of their marriage, Gray and his true love, Mary, owned and ran jewelry stores in multiple areas they called home until they planted in Okmulgee for more than 35 years. While in Okmulgee, he taught his trade at the OSU Technical School and was also head of the department. If you were near him for a moment, you would know he was proud of his family. His stories were endless, especially when it came to his 4 sons and 9 grandchildren. If you had to list hobbies for Mr. Lawrence, they would simply be working hard and traveling. He enjoyed trips big and small and had a thirst for knowledge and history. Whether it was reading a historic marker on his travels or studying an almanac, he was always looking for something new to pass on. Like most WWII Veterans, he was proud of the time he served his country in the US Army and had plenty of stories to show for it. Gray is survived by his wife; 4 sons, Gary & wife Kathy, Ronald, Rex & wife Kathy, and Kenneth and wife Cathy; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; as well as 3 brothers and a sister. A service celebrating his life will be at 11:00am on Saturday, May 12, at Quail Springs Baptist Church under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made in Gray's name to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 11, 2012
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