Charles Harris Lawrence, age 68, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022, after a short illness. He was the son of Samuel Matthews Lawrence, Jr., and Leila Frankland Lawrence. His grandparents were Samuel Matthews Lawrence, Sr. and Elyzabeth Tomlinson Lawrence and General Ernest Frankland and Leila Harris Frankland.
Charles, a life-long resident of Jackson, Tennessee, graduated from Old Hickory Academy in 1973 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. During high school, Charles met his future wife, Doris Haynes, whom he married in 1974.
He worked for the family business, S. M. Lawrence Company, for 35 years. During that time, he served as a plumber/welder, a superintendent, a project manager, and vice president. After retirement from the family business, Charles and Doris pursued a career dealing with antiques, which evolved into High Cotton Company.
Charles had a deep love for sports and outdoor activities. During high school, he received numerous football and track awards and was one of the top area athletes. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, a passion inherited from his father, and passed down that interest to his children and grandchildren.
He was an active member of Ararat Baptist Church and enjoyed his membership in the Men’s Sunday School Class.
Charles is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doris, and his two loving daughters, Elyzabeth Pflasterer (Ryan) and Anna Wilson (Taylor). He has eight grandchildren: Addyson, Ava, and Ridley Pflasterer, Dylan and Riley Todd, and Shelby, Audrey, and Lily Wilson, who lovingly called him Papa. He is also survived by his mother, Leila Frankland Lawrence, and his three brothers, Bo (Amy), Frank (Darleen), and Ernest (Ann) Lawrence.
SERVICES: The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 13, 2002, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Ararat Baptist Church, with a graveside services at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ararat Baptist Church, 3608 Brownsville Highway, Jackson, Tennessee 38301 or to Mission Saint James, All Saints Anglican Church, 212 McClellan Rd., Jackson, TN 38305 or online https://tithe.ly/give?c=5778351.
Arrington Funeral Directors 148 W. University Parkway Jackson, TN 38305