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Originally published: 2013-04-22 14:02:04
Last modified: 2013-04-23 12:46:05

Clayton L. Lawrence

Mr. Clayton L. "Paw" Lawrence, also known as "Boonie," 88, of 991 Tater Hill Road, Zionville, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.

Mr. Lawrence was an Army veteran of World War II. He served on the board of advisor's for Mabel Elementary School and was also a member of the Cove Creek and Zionville Fire Departments. He was a life-time farmer, a simple man and loved sitting on the porch or under a shade tree, waving at people passing by. He loved everyone and, most of all, his family with all his heart.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Belle Campbell Lawrence, of the home; three daughters, Willa Jean Sluder and husband, Larry, of Mountain City, Tenn., Hilda Sue Matheson and husband, Ronald, of Mountain City, Diane Wood and husband, Marty, of Zionville; two sisters, Ruth Isaacs and Jake Price and husband, Bill, both of Lenoir; two grandsons, Jeff Beach and wife, Breanne, of Zionville, Chad Matheson and wife, Amanda, of Boone; one granddaughter, Deray Wood of Lake Placid, Fla.; three great-granddaughters Julie Matheson, Katie Matheson, both of Boone, and Presli Wood of Zionville; one sister-in-law, Della Lawrence of Lenoir; and one half-sister-in-law, Stella Lawrence of Zionville. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Mae Isaacs Lawrence Beach; one brother, James Lawrence; two half-brothers, Will Lawrence and Jack Lawrence; and one sister, Blanche Potter.

Funeral services for Mr. Clayton L. "Paw" Lawrence will be conducted 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state at the Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. David Lunceford and the Rev. Vernon Eller. Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at Hampton Funeral Service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 991 Tater Hill Road, Zionville.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, care of Renee Beach, 351 Burl Lawrence Road, Vilas, NC 28692.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lawrence family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.