Born Sept. 11, 1925, in Tilton, he was a son of the late Roy Vernon Pendley and the late Jewell Ramsey Pendley. Lawrence was of the Baptist faith and was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was the founder of Pendley Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. Lawrence enjoyed hunting, including trips to Colorado, Texas and Mexico, fishing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed Braves baseball, football and racing. In addition to his parents, Lawrence was preceded in death by his brothers, Millard, Melvin, Vernon, James, Ottis, Floyd, Doyle and Ralph; and a sister, Evelyn.
Survivors include his best friend and mother of his children, Anne Pendley; daughter, Jane Groce, and her husband, Trenton; son, Lamar Pendley, and his wife, Melody; grandchildren, Kevin Groce, Chad Groce, Candace Groce, Callie Palmer and Carreth Jarrett; great-grandchildren, Blake Groce, Halen Groce, Jesslin Groce, Morgan Groce, George Palmer and Pendley Jarrett; great-great-grandchild, Kyndall Groce; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home with The Rev. Dr. Don Hattaway officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers will be accepted and the family suggests that those who wish may make donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777 in memory of Mr. Pendley.
Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Pendley, Bill Graham, Gary Temples, Mike Jones, Frankie Duren, Gene Pendley and John Hale.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mr. Pendley. Please visit www.parnickjenningsfuneral.com to share your memories or leave a condolence message.