Marquiez Dewayne Lawrence


Marquiez D. Lawrence, 25, unexpectedly passed away on February 17, 2021. Marquiez was born on March 4, 1995 in Greenville, MS to Betty E. Vaughn and Marquite Lawrence.

Marquiez attended Marion Franklin High School where he was an accomplished basketball player and Honor Roll Student. He received a full scholarship to Kent State University where he played for the Golden Flashers for 2 years before transferring to University of Central Missouri where he continued to perfect his skill on the court and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising.
He also played with the traveling All Ohio Basketball Team where they won multiple tournaments.

After college Marquiez returned to Columbus and became an entrepreneur starting BBY Kasyn’s Trucking and Hauling and The Gangway Clothing Line which is very popular in the city of Columbus as well as St. Louis Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Betty Carter Vaughn.

Marquiez is survived by mother Betty E. Vaughn; father Marquite D. Lawrence; his precious daughter, Kasyn Amela Lawrence; 2 sisters, Dominique McDavid and Bria Lawrence; half-brother Jaquarius Lawrence; daughters mother, Kalin Lee; maternal grandmother, Ethel Vaughn; uncles, Knedra Vaughn Sr., and Anthony Vaughn; aunts, Angela Lawrence and Sherita Leonard; cousins, Knedra Vaughn Jr and Solomon Vaughn and a host of other relatives and friends.

Everyone that knew him and was a part of his life loved him because he had such a big heart. He was caring, giving, loyal and never shyed away from helping anyone if they needed it. He was funny and loved a good time while hanging with close friends. He also had a very strong personality and only those close to him understood that he wasn’t being mean but meant what he was saying. His work ethic as an entrepreneur was a force to be reckoned with. He was determined to make a better life for his family and to leave a legacy, which he most certainly did.

May we never ever forget this bright shining light of a young man called Quiez, My Darling Handsome Son.

Public Viewing 9:00am- 10:00am followed by Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

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  1. My heart is heavy over the passing of “Q”. May God Bless and Keep His Arms around His Mom, Sisters, and Daughter.

    Love, “Grandma Cookie”

  2. Kareen Covington

    To Betty, the girls and Peanut; we; your Spectrum family share our sincere condolences in the passing of Marquiez. We keep you lifted in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace of God rest with you as you deal with the loss of your son, brother and father. Betty, we are here for you in this time of need and after. You have seven shoulders to lean on.

    Team Covington

  3. Marquize you will always be in my heart and prayers. I will never forget your energy and smile. My heartfelt thoughts go out to your family in this time of sorrow. You will be forever missed.

  4. Sending an abundance of love and condolences to the family. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer as you try and find the courage and strength to push forward.

    Betty, I am so sorry you are going through this. This is a pain no mother should ever have to endure. My prayers are with you. Love you

  5. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences.
    In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts.
    With caring thoughts.

  6. I love and miss you everyday nephew. Forever in my heart

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