Dick Lawrence Helped Shape Teague

Through The Years

Richard Moore (Dick) Lawrence has loved living in Teague for 74 years. He has been one of the many who have helped shape Teague by being a supporter and active in all activities in Teague. Dick is turning 90 years old this week and is still supporting Teague as much as he possibly can.

Dick Lawrence was born on September 6, 1923 in Walters, Oklahoma, to Richard W. and Eunice Pearl Moore Lawrence. The Lawrence family moved to Teague in 1939 where Dick graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1940.

After graduation he found employment with Ham Brothers Funeral Home in Teague. Dick decided that he would like to make the funeral business his profession. Dick graduated from Dallas School of embalming in Dallas, Texas in 1942 and later received his Morticians License.

The next year, 1943, Uncle Sam came knocking and Dick Lawrence answered. He entered the United States Army and served as a surgical technician with the 342nd Medical Detachment of the 86th Infantry Division. He served in Europe and on Corregidor in the Phillipines during World War II. When he was discharged in 1946, he was 1st Sergeant of the Medical Detachment. Dick came back to Teague and his job at Ham Brothers Funeral Home.

Following his service to his country, Dick and Ethel Marie Pope were married by Reverend Nace B. Crawford at the First Methodist Church in Teague on April 10, 1948. Marie was born on August 13, 1929 to Clifford Oscar and Elizabeth Drew Stephenson Pope. Marie graduated for Teague High School with the Class of 1946 and attended Texas State College for Women in Denton until she and Dick were married.

Dick purchased the funeral home from E.B. Ham on January 1, 1955, and changed the name to Lawrence Funeral Home. He remodeled their family home and made it the Lawrence Funeral Home on Cedar Street. He owned and operated the business until he sold it in 1983.

Following the funeral business politics came into Dick?s life and he was appointed to the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct II on January 1, of 1984. He was reelected and held the office for 19 years. He retired from public service in 2003.

Dick and Marie have been active in church, school and community activities. Dick served on the Teague I.S.D. School Board from 1954 to 1964 and on the County School Board for a number of years. Dick was elected Mayor of Teague in 1964 and served the Teague Community until 1969. He is a past president of the Teague Chamber of Commerce and the Teague Industrial Foundation. In 1966 Dick Lawrence was awarded the Bill Boyd Service Cup for his contributions to Teague and in 2000, during THS Homecoming he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate of Teague High School. Dick is a member of Boggy Lodge #739 AF&AM to this day and was honored by his lodge and the Grand Lodge of Texas with the Golden Trowel award. He will soon receive his 65 year pin.

Dick and Marie raised their family in the First United Methodist Church of Teague where Dick has been a member of the Administrative Board most of the time since 1946, and was Chairmen of the Board for many years. He taught Sunday school, served as the church School Superintendent an had been president of the Methodist Men.

Dick and Marie have three children, Susie Cates and husband Talmadge of Fairfield, Jim (Jimmy) Lawrence, and wife Debra of Teague, Elaine Richards and husband Rick of Bauxite, Arkansas and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Now Dick and Marie live on their farm just outside of Teague. They enjoy the quiet beauty of the farm and their blueberry patch. They have raised polled Hereford cattle and grown raspberries peaches, plums and roses. They have always enjoyed sharing their home with friends and family.

Teague is a better place because of community minded citizens like Dick and Marie Lawrence who have given of themselves and their time for the good of their hometown.

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