Dr. Archie V. Lawrence was born was born April 14, 1933, in Eudora, Arkansas, to Lovell Stotts and Ophelia (Gossett) Lawrence. He died Monday, August 15, 2016, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 83 years. Archie completed his secondary education in Memphis, Tennessee, and was a graduate of Whitehaven High School. He continued his education at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, then to Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, before earning his Doctorate at Phillips Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While working on his degree, he began his long career in the United States armed forces serving honorably with all four branches of services including the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp, before retiring from the United States Army. He was especially proud of his service during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Archie was married November 22, 1979, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Brenda Kay Wilcoxson. They had made their home in Owasso, Oklahoma, since 1979. Archie committed his life to the ministry and served many pastorates throughout Oklahoma including Presbyterian congregations in Pryor, Muskogee, McAlister, Skiatook, Miami, again in Pryor, Grove, Wagoner, and most recently Chelsea. He also served as chaplain to hospitals in Tulsa ministering to many, many families. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes, especially traveling and spending time with his family, whom he dearly loved.
Loving family members include:
His wife; Brenda, of the home
Grace Kerina, of Smithville, Tennessee
David Lawrence and wife Julia, of Atlanta, Georgia
Gregory Lawrence, of Tulsa
Kristin Lawrence, of Dallas, Texas
Elizabeth Minier and husband Chad, of Owasso, Oklahoma
Kathryn Kelley, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Ashton Kelley and husband Jeff, of Tulsa
Liam Butler-Lawrence, of Ohio
Four great grandchildren; Jaxon, Makayla, Tyler, Bradon, and one due in January
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, mother, and one sister.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 Friday, August 19, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa with Dr. Jim Miller, Dr. Craig Coulter, and Chaplain Ron Nofziger officiating. Military graveside honors will be provided by the United States Army at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, 415 West Archer Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74103, or Goodland Academy, 1216 Old Spring Road, Hugo, Oklahoma, 74743. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
A very fine man has gone to heaven. God worked through Archie to bring peace to others. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
— Christy and Marshall White, Wednesday – August 17, 2016
Archie was a wonderful, intelligent, caring individual with multi talents. He served our church as Interim minister for 2.5 years and took great care of us. The thing I shall never forget is the 8 hour vigil he kept at the hospital when I had open heart surgery. His compassion, warmth, and caring wit kept us all calm and indeed relieved my nerves. He prayed with us before and after my surgery and never left the hospital until I was safely out of surgery and in ICU. But this is just what he always did. He always was calm and caring with every situation I observed. May he rest in peace as I know he will in Heaven.
— Kay Gray, Thursday – August 18, 2016
I worked alongside Archie for many years at HMC. His loving and caring spirit was present in every thing he did. It was an honir and blessing to work with him.i always enjoyed talking with him when I saw him and Brenda since he retired, especially at College Hill. Rest in peace, Archie. You were loved and will be missed!
— Christy Lyke, Friday – August 19, 2016
Archie was a good friend to my husband Mark and me during the time he was interim pastor at First Presbyterian in McAlester. We are blessed to have known this kind and gracious man. Our sincere sympathy to Brenda and all of Archie’s family.
— Gay Miller, Tuesday – August 23, 2016
First Presbyterian Church
709 South Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119
Friday – August 19, 2016
Memorial Park Cemetery
5111 South Memorial Drive
Tulsa, OK 74145
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Dr. Archie V. Lawrence to:
Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
415 West Archer Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
1216 Old Spring Road
Hugo, OK 74743