As many of you are aware, our friend & classmate Lawrence Williams passed away about 18 months ago. Lawrence was buried in a little known & overgrown field of a cemetery north of WF. In fact, shortly after his funeral, the cemetery personnel could not even locate his burial plot! To those of us that knew of the circumstances, it just didn’t seem like an appropriate resting place for our friend.
Today, October 1st, after months of frustrating delays, Lawrence Williams’ casket was removed from its horrific site at Eastlawn Cemetery and relocated to a scenic plot at Crestview Cemetery. Katherine McGregor (Sister Edwards) and I witnessed the entire transfer occurrence. This has been a lengthy (and publicized) ordeal, and lots of hoops were navigated to make it happen. I want to specifically thank Stephen Garner and Ron Burdick, friends from his working days for their persistent efforts to get this accomplished. Doby’s family is extremely grateful for honoring him in such a tangible way. His serene final resting spot at Crestview is well groomed, surrounded by shade trees and is beautiful. It’s perfect.
As you know, Lawrence was the Vice President of our class. He was a great leader and a pioneer in many ways. Arriving at WFHS two full years before integration was enforced, he paved the way for easing racial barriers. He brought great success and achievement to our school.
Now we would like to ask you to join us and some of Doby’s other friends as we raise the remaining funds for this undertaking. We are in the process of raising $12,000 - $15,000 to cover the cost of exhumation, transfer, cemetery plot, grave markers, etc. If you are interested in contributing, make donations payable to “Lawrence Williams Memorial Fund” and mail to the Lawrence Williams Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 3753, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.
On Saturday, February 20, 2021, a graveside celebration will be held for the 2-year anniversary of his passing. All will be welcome, and we hope you can join us then.
Hope you are all well during this crazy season of life. Stay safe and God Bless,