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Eugene was born to Durward and Bernice Lawrence in Coleman, Texas in 1943.  After growing up with his sister Linda in both Coleman and San Angelo, he entered the Army in 1961, and served for three years in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood before being honorably discharged.

In 1966, he met the love of his life, Lenore Benson.  After a whirlwind romance, they were married and lived a long and loving life together.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lenore, and his four children: Lynn, Renee, Ed, and Robert.  He had two grandsons, Jesse and Tristan, and one great grandson, Braxton.  He is also survived by his sister, Linda Burnham, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Eugene will be missed for his wit, his humor, and his heart.
Posted by Lynn McQueen on April 5, 2021
Eugene was a reserved man on the outside, but had many interesting talents that he shared with those who knew him. He was a poet. He wrote poems for our kids when they were young, as well as many others at the church. He loved to hear our daughter sing and attended many of her performances. He was a hit as Mayor in one of the Community Summer Musical presented at the Farmers Branch Church. We could not have guessed he would be a part of a musical, but that was Eugene!

Eugene and Lenore were some of the first people to reach out to us when we came to the church many years ago. I remember how surprised we were when they showed up at our door with a Christmas present! They were caring people who wanted us to connect with the church.

Eugene was a unique person and he will be missed, but he is on to the next adventure with The Lord and I know he is rejoicing in it!

We will remember you, Eugene!

Posted by Ed Lawrence II on March 26, 2021
He was a good father with a great sense of humor. He loved his family and will be missed by all of us.
Posted by Andy Byars on March 25, 2021
I will remember Eugene as a devoted family man that raised 4 great kids and I was blessed to marry the oldest. He was a good guy. RIP sir.
Posted by Robert Lawrence on March 16, 2021
Hello everyone. Please feel free to leave a comment, a thought, or a favorite memory or photo of Eugene.

We will be planning a memorial service at some point in the future, when the world returns to some sort of normalcy. Until then, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

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Posted by Lynn McQueen on April 5, 2021
Eugene was a reserved man on the outside, but had many interesting talents that he shared with those who knew him. He was a poet. He wrote poems for our kids when they were young, as well as many others at the church. He loved to hear our daughter sing and attended many of her performances. He was a hit as Mayor in one of the Community Summer Musical presented at the Farmers Branch Church. We could not have guessed he would be a part of a musical, but that was Eugene!

Eugene and Lenore were some of the first people to reach out to us when we came to the church many years ago. I remember how surprised we were when they showed up at our door with a Christmas present! They were caring people who wanted us to connect with the church.

Eugene was a unique person and he will be missed, but he is on to the next adventure with The Lord and I know he is rejoicing in it!

We will remember you, Eugene!

Posted by Ed Lawrence II on March 26, 2021
He was a good father with a great sense of humor. He loved his family and will be missed by all of us.
Posted by Andy Byars on March 25, 2021
I will remember Eugene as a devoted family man that raised 4 great kids and I was blessed to marry the oldest. He was a good guy. RIP sir.
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Starting Life

Eugene was born July 22, 1943 in Coleman, TX to Durward Lawrence and Amanda Bernice Creel Lawrence.  His sister, Linda, was three years his senior, and they were siblings in every sense of the word.  They would play and they would fight; they would whisper secrets and yell at each other; they would help one another in times of need and throw stones at each other (literally.)  

Over they years, they grew up in a few houses before moving to San Angelo, TX.  There, Eugene attended Central High School before graduating in 1961.  Shortly after, he entered the military, serving mostly at Fort Hood in the 1st Armored Division, Old Ironsides.  He served three years before being honorably discharged.

Finding Love

One day, Eugene wandered over to a friend of the family's house, Mary, where a Girl Scout meeting was in progress.  There, he met a young lady who was assisting the troop named Lenore.  A few months later, they happened to meet again.  Eugene asked Lenore out on a date, and she said yes.

For three weeks, they saw each other every day.  At the end of those weeks, Eugene squeezed himself down in the driver's area of his 1959 Chevy Biscayne and proposed.  She said yes again, and two months later, on August 15, 1966, she said yes yet again.

Fifty years later, they renewed their vows to each other.  Love in their eyes and their voices.
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The Taller Cousin

Shared by Robert Lawrence on March 29, 2021
Jim was the brother he never had, even though they were only cousins.  Jim was a little younger than Eugene, and Eugene was the taller cousin.  Until he wasn't.  But Eugene and Jim stayed in touch over the years (less than they might like, as happens when you have work, kids, and such.)  But after retirement, they started to get together more regularly, and Eugene always enjoyed those times with his brother.