Elsie Marie (Johnson) Lawrence, 84, of Benton, was born June 30, 1929, and passed away Aug. 26, 2013.
Mrs. Lawrence lived in Benton all her life. She was married to Herbert (Shorty) Lawrence Sr. Elsie attended school in Benton and later opened her own business, Lawrence Upholstery for over 30 years. She was a member of Holland Chapel Church.
Elsie had many hobbies. She loved spending time with her family and was an avid bingo player. She loved to crochet and, as any Lawrence, she loved to fish. All of her friends called her Elsie, but to most she will be remembered as Nan.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, David Cazel and Ruby Johnson; her husband, Herbert A. "Shorty" Lawrence Sr.; a grandson, Clifton Troy McAdoo; her sisters, Fairy Bell Garinger, Nellie Faultner, Cordy Barkhamer, Annie Bock, Junita Brotherton, Betty Burnett and Jane Higgins; and her brothers, Buster and Skeet Johnson.
She is survived by her three children — sons Tommy Lawrence and wife Cathy, Allan Lawrence and wife Glenis and daughter Alene Moore and husband Steve, all of Benton; her grandsons Don, Brent, David and Matt Lawrence; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Johnny Johnson; sisters, Shirley Sanders of Little Rock and Lottie Stewart of Springhill, La.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Mt. Harmony Cemetery with the Rev. Kim Hammer officiating. Ashby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Don, Brent, David and Matt Lawrence, Joe Childress and Nick Purifoy.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the funeral home.
Families will be at their own homes in Benton.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com