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Bennie Lawrence

August 10th, 1934 – July 8th, 2015

Bennie Lawrence, age 80, of Macomb, IL passed away at 8:45 pm on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. He was born on August 10, 1934 in Big Flat, AR, the son of Richard and Lillie Belle Lawrence. Bennie married Rose Lisenbee on October 17, 1955 in Illinois. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2015.

Survivors include his two daughters, Lydia (and Steve) Bonser of Rushville, IL and Lois (and Harold “Butch”) Pratt of Lewistown, IL, three sons, Randy (and Erma Louise) Lawrence of Bushnell, IL, Kevin (and Paula) Lawrence of Pekin, IL and Bennie R. Lawrence of Macomb, IL, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, four great-great Grandchildren, two brothers, Silas (and Nell) Lawrence of Hamilton, MT and Darrell (and Chris) Lawrence of Evansville, WI and his sister, Lillie Belle McGee of Santa Cruz, CA.

He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Shouse, two brothers, McKinley and Carl Lawrence and four sisters, Georgia Hoig, Della McKee, Dorothy Stroup and Mildred Ballentine.

Bennie was a farmer. He was a Laborer at Gypsum plant in Wisconsin. Bennie also worked at Alton Box in Beardstown, IL for 30 years. He was also a logger.

He was a member of Schuyler County Coon Hunters. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and enjoyed his horses and mules.

Services will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 13, 2015 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Pastor Howard White will be officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment will be in the Summum Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his grandchildren's education fund.


July 11th, 2015

Lydia, my sympathy to your family in this time of great sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen Williams

July 12th, 2015

Lydia, Ben, Bailee, Tyler, Alecia and family of Bennie -- our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rodney & Bertha Fink