Johnny R. Lawrence, age 80, of Ralph Wilson Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday morning, July 29, 2020, at Cranberry House in Newland.

Johnny was born September 1, 1939, a son of the late Paul and Virgie Snyder Lawrence. He was a member of Trade United Methodist Church in Trade, Tennessee

He loved being with his wife, friends, and family. He was their hero. He graduated from Cove Creek High School in 1958. After completing 2 years in the Army, He had a 45 year career of driving long haul semi-trucks, which he loved. He was known as "Lost Dog".

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 1/2 years, Evelyn Harmon Lawrence of the home; his daughter, Libby Bryant and husband John of Lexington, North Carolina; his son, Johnny "John Boy" Lawrence, II. and his companion Tonya Watson, and her daughter, McKinlee Watson of Millers Creek, North Carolina; three grandsons, Dwayne Warren and wife Jamie of Booneville, North Carolina, Dylan Lawrence of Shelby, North Carolina, and Garret Lawrence (U.S. Army) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; three step-grandsons, Jonathon Bryant and wife Courtney, and Justin Bryant, and Colton Bryant, all of Lexington, North Carolina; one step-granddaughter, Casey Bryant of Lexington, North Carolina; two step great-grandsons, Cabel Bryant of Ashboro, North Carolina, and Taylor Childress of Booneville, North Carolina; two brothers, Barton Lawrence and wife Connie of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and Frank Lawrence and wife Judy of Trade, Tennessee, and one sister, Charlotte Thomas of Zionville, North Carolina. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews and many good friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John Donald Lawrence; one brother-in-law, Bower Thomas, and his father and mother-in-law, Ed and Ida Harmon.

No services will be conducted for Johnny R. Lawrence.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 until 6:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243, 202 College Street, Mountain City, Tennessee, 37683, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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