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Joseph Walter Lawrence, 83, La Plata

Joseph Walter “Wally” Lawrence, 83, of La Plata died Nov. 13, 2012, at home.

Born April 7, 1929, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Floyd Augustine Lawrence and the late Mary Beatrice Thompson Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence was educated in Catholic schools in the District. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War. He was a sheet metal foreman and retired from the U.S. Treasury Department in 1979. In 1987, he and his wife, Penny, moved to Orlando, Fla., where they resided for 16 years. They returned to La Plata to be with family in 2002.

Known as “Wally,” “Dad,” “Pop,” “Pop-a-Lop” and “Gatorman,” he enjoyed playing cards, bingo, hunting, fishing, bowling, keno, working crossword puzzles and listening to country music. He especially enjoyed being with family and friends.

He also was a member of St. Mary’s Newport Church, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Floyd and Chuck; and sisters, Marie Jarboe, Helen Hess and Sue Detwiler.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delora Mae “Penny” Lawrence; sons, Joseph Walter Jr. and his fiancee, Barbara Baumler of Charlotte Hall and Charles Andrew and his wife, Evelyn of La Plata; grandchildren, Jessica Lawrence of La Plata, Brian Lawrence and his wife, Lindsey of White Plains, Drew Lawrence of La Plata and Christopher Lawrence of La Plata; sisters, Jeanne Butler of Casselbury, Fla., Marge Hein of Newburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at St. Mary’s Church Newport, Charlotte Hall. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Newport Parish, 11555 St. Mary’s Church Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.