Charles R. Lawrence CHESAPEAKE - Charles Richard "Ricky" Lawrence, 56, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 surrounded by his family. Born April 19, 1955 in Portsmouth, he was the son of Bill Lawrence and the late Peggy Lawrence. He was a singer and pianist with the Gospel group, "The Galileans," and drove school buses for Portsmouth Christian School. Besides his father, Bill and his wife, Jane, Ricky is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Lawrence; two daughters, Kirstyn R. West and her husband Casey and Heather N. "Buddi" Lawrence; two sons, Jesse W. Lawrence and Jason A. Lawrence; a grandson, Cameron West; two sisters, Lea Ann Lozaw and her husband Les of Newport News, and Lyn Sermons and her husband Stan of Chesapeake; three brothers, Ralph "Billy" Lawrence and his wife Nancy of Elizabeth City, N.C., Robert "Rob" Lawrence and his wife Linda of Lanexa, Va., and Michael Lawrence and his wife Doreen of Newport News; several nieces and nephews; extended family members, Kasarah Bennett, Jon Drouin; and his "Galilean Family," Ken Channell, Randy Radford and Gary Hackworth. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 1322 George Washington Hwy. N, Chesapeake. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Deep Creek Baptist Church, 250 Mill Creek Parkway, Chesapeake. Interment will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Gideons International, www.gideons. org. Online condolences may be made at www.familychoicefunerals.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 13, 2011