James Floyd Lawrence

James Floyd LawrenceMale View treeBorn: 1914-02-01Died: 1966-11-12
Father: Andrew Frank LawrenceMother: Letha Abigail (Dennington) Lawrence
Children: none
Siblings: Claudia Minnie Dennington (Heatherly) (Dill) (Clendining), Wilma Irene (Lawrence) McGrew, Edna Mae (Lawrence) Ellison, Melvin Lawrence

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Floyd is third from the right on the front row

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Middle row, right

 

born: Feb 1, 1914 AR  Died: Nov. 12, 1966 Tulsa, OK

My cousin, Ron Ellison, has been wonderful in adding some memories of our family. I have posted these memories as I have received them. This is the second. Uncle Floyd is one that I remember only vaguely. I know there were two very special uncles that my mother was close to, Uncle Clifford, married to Aunt Claudia, who passed before I was born, (I heard so much about Uncle Clifford that I didn’t realize he was dead until I was in my teens!) and  Uncle Floyd who was married to my Aunt Dorothy.

Remembering Members of my Amazing Family

By Ron Ellison

James Floyd Lawrence

I knew him as Uncle Floyd my mother’s brother. I never saw him with anything but white hair. Although I saw pictures when he had very black wavy hair.

In his early adulthood he was very good at playing games. This may have been what led him to spend many hours at a pool hall where he was very competitive in the games of dominos and checkers. Floyd was married and divorced several times and had four children from three marriages. I was only around when he was married to Dorothy (Hess) Lawrence, his last wife.

Floyd changed for the better over the years and had a good life with Dorothy. He became very active in church and was the church treasurer.

He loved his sisters and spent a lot of time with them. He was a very quiet man but had a great business head on his shoulders. His father was the sextant over the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa. This resulted in Floyd getting into the monument business. Floyd was working at the Tulsa Monument Co. and then the Bradford Monument Co. when I was becoming aware of such things. As time went on Floyd purchased a monument company in Cushing Ok. After about two years there, he moved back to Tulsa and bought out Bradford Monument Co.

He was doing very well and after my uncle Clifford died who had a Welding shop just down the street, Floyd rented the shop and added the Lawrence Monument Co. there as a second location.

It wasn’t long before he and his wife Dorothy purchased a new home on N. Yale to raise horses and their two sons on. His wife became known in the Pinto world by being president of the “National Pinto Association” for a time.

Floyd had become somewhat of an invalid  do to getting a lung disease from sandblasting monuments with silica sand. (This is no longer used). This may have led him to having acute R. A. I was glad he was able to keep his keen sense of humor. He told the family, in jest, that he wanted etched on his monument: “I told you I was sick”

He past away in his 50’s. A gentle but strong man…my Uncle Floyd.

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