Obituary of Lawrence Oliver Wilson
Lawrence Oliver Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas on December 4, 1948 to the late Lorenza and Ethel Moetta Crockrum Wilson. He grew up in North Dallas’ Roseland Homes, grounded at an early age in fundamental biblical principles taught at the Munger Avenue Baptist Church, where he also attended kindergarten. Lawrence became a member of the Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX and faithfully served for many years as Sunday School Superintendent. Lawrence brought his family to Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church later in life and was a devoted member, serving in various capacities, primarily, the Sunday School Department as a teacher and with The Crisis Ministry. Lawrence matriculated in The Dallas Independent School District, having attended J. W. Ray Elementary School, B. F. Darrell Middle School, and Booker T. Washington High School, where he spent two years playing on the Bulldog football team with his older brothers and graduated in 1967. He was a long time active member of the Booker T. Washington H. S. Class of 1967 Alumni. Upon graduating, Lawrence was hired by American Telephone & Telegraph, now AT&T, and trained in Communications Engineering. When military duty called, Lawrence followed in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the United States Navy June 25, 1968. He served a tour in Vietnam coastal waters, Japan naval bases and Pensacola, Florida. Lawrence served this nation honorably and was discharged on June 24, 1974. He returned to AT&T, working in his field of expertise for well over 40 years, until he retired. Lawrence met the love of his life, Minnie M. Caraway, and proposed the summer of 1987. They were united in holy matrimony by Rev. Sidney Beal, Jr. on July 16, 1988 and honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. To this union was born one son, Michael Lawrence Wilson. Lawrence raised Minnie’s daughter, Mimi Treneice Caraway, as his own. Both children knew him as “dad” and Lawrence proved to be a wonderful dad. Lawrence quietly transitioned to his heavenly home early the morning of August 31, 2021. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lorenza and Ethel Wilson; brothers, Kenneth Wayne Wilson, Donald Irving Wilson, and Reginal Lamar Wilson; sisters, Loretta Wilson-Walker and Carolyn Joyce Wilson-Manzay. Lawrence leaves to treasure his memory, a devoted wife of 33 years, Minnie Wilson; children, Mimi Caraway and Michael Wilson; one grandson, Tavian Caraway; brother, Charles R. Wilson (Carrie); sister, Adrienne S. Wilson; sister-in-law, Loreder (“T”) Levis; brothers-in-law, Thomas Chambers and Sammy Chambers; a host of relatives, including nieces, nephews, cousins; and friends.
Psalms 23: 6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” (KJV) ~ Order oTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lawrence Wilson, please visit Tribute Store