Celebrating the life of Lawrence E. Mumford
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Lawrence was reared in a Christian home, accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. He worked diligently in the congregations of both his pastor parents, Fisher Memorial United Holy Church and the Apostolic Church with his father. Upon arriving in Crewe, VA, he chose as his spiritual family Pleasant Oak Baptist Church.
Lawrence was educated in the Durham County Public Schools. He furthered his education, matriculating through: Chowan College (A.S. degree in pre-education); Greensboro College (B.S. degree in history education); and North Carolina Central University (teacher’s education).
After completing his formal education, Lawrence went to work for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where in 1991 he received an award for his contribution to the NIEHS Animal Care and Use Program. Although he enjoyed this employment, he believed his calling and mission in life was education.
He moved to Crewe, VA in 1991 and taught in South Central Virginia for twenty years in the following school systems: Nottoway High School, Nottoway Middle School, Petersburg High School and Prince Edward County High School. His teaching career, students, and colleagues were his greatest career “treasures.”
He was passionate about his career, receiving recognition and awards such as a 1996 selection as one of the “Best Teachers in America” and acknowledgement in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”; a Certificate of Dedicated Service from Nottoway County Middle School; an Outstanding Dedicated Award for 1994-1995 for his coaching of the Nottoway County Middle School Boys Basketball Team, and many assistant coaching awards as well.
He was also a certified court reporter and a member of the National Court Reporters Association, traveling for more than two years throughout the Eastern Seaboard covering depositions, court proceedings, and hearings for the Department of Defense, U.S. Congress, numerous law firms, and intelligence agencies. However, the call to education drew him back to education as it had so often done.
Lawrence is survived and mourned by Oveda Hancock and Talmadge Hancock; his life-long, childhood friend (brother), Frederick McKoy of Atlanta, GA; a wealth of loving cousins, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and his beloved church family.
Funeral Services Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Pleasant Oak Baptist Church, Victoria with interment in Oak Grove Gardens, Durham, NC. Viewing at the church from 3 to 6 p.m.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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