KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Ernest Fred Lawrence, 79, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018, in Kingsport. Fred was born in Daviess County, Indiana, to the late Henry and Opal Lawrence. He lived in Hawesville during his elementary school years. Most of that time he attended school in Cannelton, Indiana, and rode the ferry across the Ohio River each day to school.
His family moved to Owensboro in 1952 and Fred graduated from Daviess County High School. After graduating from high school, he attended Manchester College for one year. In July 1957, Fred joined the U.S. Army. After basic training at Fort Meade, Maryland, he was stationed at Bindlach, Germany, with a border patrol battalion for 17 months.
On Aug. 22, 1959, Fred married Judith Carol Ball at Pleasant Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Elba. Judy and Fred graduated college at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Fred then attended the University of Michigan and in May 1964 received a Master of Science degree in industrial health.
Fred joined Eastman Kodak Company-Eastman Chemical Company on July 1, 1964, and worked in the Industrial Hygiene Laboratory for 32½ years, retiring Jan. 1, 1997.
Fred also was preceded in death by his brother, David Lawrence; and brothers-in-law Meredith Rogers and Tom Current.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; and his children, Byron Lawrence and wife Lisa of Kingsport, Kenneth Lawrence and wife Tonia of Greeneville, Tennessee, and daughter Donna Carver and husband Kevin of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Fred had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Additional survivors are sisters Rosalie Rogers of Tell City, Indiana, Patricia Current of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Marilyn Miller and husband Larry of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and brother James Lawrence of Oklahoma City.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. EST Tuesday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jack Weikel and Joe Green officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Fred chose to be cremated with inurnment at the columbarium of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.