Mr Johnny M. Lawrence

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JOHNNY MAURICE LAWRENCE, age 76, of Lexington, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on January 5th, 2023 at
his residence.

Johnny, affectionately referred to as “Bombay”, was born Sunday, February 24, 1946 to Sonny Lawrence and Katie M. Owens in Birmingham, AL.

After his parents’ divorced, Johnny’s mother, Katie, married Johnnie Pipkins, who he referred to as Daddy. Daddy reared Johnny as his own son and had three additional children with Katie.

Subsequently, Johnny and his family moved to Mansfield, Ohio. At the age of 18, Johnny joined the United States Navy and was deployed to the European theater during the Vietnam War.

After his Navy Service, Johnny returned to Ohio. During his life he worked in construction, the auto industry, obtained his Commercial Driving Licence (CDL), and worked various jobs until retiring due to disability.

Johnny enjoyed fishing, watching professional sports, and spending time with his long-time love and partner Lucile Franklin.

Johnny is survived by Lucile, his three children; Jacques M. Johnson, John M. (Patricia) Lawrence and Jeff C. (Lori) Lawrence of Columbus, OH; grandson Iman K. Lawrence of Columbus, OH; siblings Emma J. (Odell) Suber of Columbus, OH; and Patricia A. Bradley-Rooks of Mansfield, OH, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces across the U.S.

Johnny was preceded in death by his biological father, Sonny; his Daddy, Johnnie; mother Katie; and sister, Sadie Boone.

Visitation 2:00 PM and Memorial Service 3:00 PM Saturday, January 14, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD 753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Lawrence Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May God comfort you through his word the Bible and the gift of prayer. With caring thoughts.

  2. Dear friends and family I am so sorry to hear about your loss I will keep you in my prayers hoping that you will get through this because we do have a promise at Revelations 21 3 and 4 from God that states: 3 with that I heard a loud voice from the throne say; look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. I send this message with all my love for you all.

  3. Heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Johnny Lawrence. Praying for each of you during this difficult time.

    Rosie Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence and Carmen

  4. Brother John, I’m sorry that your father passed away. I bid blessings upon you, sister Patricia, and your family and relatives in the future.
    Your brother in Jesus and co-worker,

    Mark P. Hill

  5. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to The Lawrence Family and Lucile Franklin.

  6. Condolences are words we offer, but my heart feels your loss as well.

  7. Charles and Patti (Cash) Ray

    Praying for the Family.

  8. Margie Williams Morris

    Condolences to the family.

  9. To the Lawrence Family,

    I am sending many prayers and hugs to everyone in this time of need. Mr. Lawrence was a beautiful soul and loved his family.


    Yvonne Reed

  10. Pastor Reginald Lawrence, Ph.D.

    We offer our sincere condolences to the immediate family of my first cousin Johnny M. Lawrence. May the presence of God be with you to comfort, secure and guide until the coming of our Savior you Jesus Christ.
    Pastor Reginald (Brenda) Lawrence, Ph.D.

  11. To the Family of Johnny M. Lawrence and Lucile Franklin
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and trying time! God will see you all through, just trust and believe!
    With Love,
    Ruthie Johnson and Family

  12. Ronald holbrook

    Went to high school with Johnny , it was a honor and pleasure to have known him..

  13. Queen Owens Dulin

    Lucile Emma Pat and family. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. May GOD bless you with strength an love. So sorry to hear your loss of Johnny. RIP Johnny.

  14. Beulah (Harris) Wiley

    Sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.

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