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Joseph Thomas Lawrence, 81, of Valley Lee died July 3, 2012, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born March 21, 1931, in Leonardtown, he was the son of the late Walter and Charity Mason Lawrence.
He received his education in St. Mary's County public schools. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was honorably discharged from the Reserves in 1961. After his military career ended, he began working at the public works department of transportation at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where he worked for 34 years before retiring in 1986.
In 1953, he married Annie Berry Lawrence. They had nine children. He was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother and a friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He also loved spending time with his family at family gatherings. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife; two daughters, Ann Marie Maddox and Caroline Lawrence; and two sisters, Jeanette Dyson and Catherine Cutchember. He is survived by his children, Leo Mugg of Lexington Park, Joseph Berry Jr., of Leonardtown and Joann, Lucille and Irving Lawrence of Valley Lee, Shirley Foote (Teddy) of Great Mills and Bernice Mackall (James) of Lusby; one sister, Irene Gross of Piney Point; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Gloria Church and Genevieve Berry (who was like a sister); two sons-in-law, Vernon Maddox and James Mackall; a special son-in-law, Teddy Foote; four sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; a friend, Yvonne Maddox; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family received friends and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 10 at St. George Catholic Church in Valley Lee. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.