Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore, TX

Billy Bob Lawrence
April 5, 2018
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A Celebration of Life for Billy Bob Lawrence, 92, of Kilgore, will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home. Dr. Pete Freeman and Rev. David Hampton officiating. Mr. Lawrence completed his earthly journey on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Longview.

Billy Bob was born on April 11, 1925, in Dallas to Tom and Minnie Lawrence. He was a 1942 graduate of Kilgore High School. Billy Bob faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper from 1942-1946. Upon his return from the military he played basketball for the Generals who traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1946. He then attended Kilgore College where he played basketball and ran track. In 1954 he met and married the love of his life Gloria and they spent the next 63 years making many loving and happy memories. Billy Bob worked for Shell pipeline for 9 years, Texas Eastman Kodak for 27 until his retirement in 1985. After retiring from Kodak he managed the Chateau Apartments in Kilgore, from 1985 2016. Billy Bob was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Kilgore where he taught Sunday School and served the church in various capacities. His family was the source of his strength and spending time with them was when he was happiest.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Layne Lawrence of Kilgore, Latane White and her husband Ernie of Kilgore; grandchildren, Ryan Sullivan and his wife Amanda of Kilgore and Amanda Todd of Kilgore. Also, left to carry on his legacy are numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other loving family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother Jack Lawrence and sister Tommy Jean Lea.

Billy Bob Lawrence
April 5, 2018
Service Schedule
Celebration of Life
Chapel at Rader Funeral Home
401 N. Martin St.
Kilgore, TX  75662
Monday, April 09, 2018
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