MATTOON, IL – Jerry E. Lawrence, 78, of Loxa, Illinois passed away peacefully Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, Illinois. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 25, 2022, at Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM, Friday at Adams Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials in his honor may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Jerry was born December 18, 1943, in Parkersburg, Illinois the son of Maurice and Beulah Lucille (Knackmus) Lawrence. He married Betty Smith on May 6, 1968, in Murphysboro, Illinois. Betty preceded him in death on January 15, 2021. Jerry is survived by his two sons, Maurice Edward (Sherry) Lawrence of Mattoon, Illinois, and Steven Douglas (Tasha) Lawrence of Charleston, Illinois; grandchildren, Shay (Brandon) Westfall, Shelby Colclasure, and Justin Parmer; two great-grandchildren, Eli Adam Colclasure, and Cohen Westfall; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Betty.
Jerry graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. He attained a bachelor’s in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and had attended Southern Illinois University where he met the love of his life Betty. Jerry was a member of the Moose Lodge #803, the Eagle Club, and Patriots Member all in Mattoon, Illinois.
Jerry was a farmer on his own farm. He had a love for the outdoors which included fishing, gardening, and animals especially dogs. He enjoyed his time canning and was an avid coin collector. He loved spending time with his family and was devoted to his wife Betty.