Clara G. Lawrence, 83, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Barkley Plantation in Cadiz.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St. in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service time of 1 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, with Dr. Jimmy Gentry, the Rev. Jason Strickland and the Rev. Jamus Redd officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Cemetery.
Born Nov. 6, 1937, in Trigg County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Perry Gentry and Eliza Dell Hughes Gentry.
Clara was a 1956 graduate of Trigg County High School and was employed for several years as secretary and bookkeeper for John Woodruff Construction. She later began a long career with the Trigg County Clerk’s Office as a deputy clerk before eventually leaving for the office of Barkley Lake Water District, from where she retired.
She was married in 1966 to Ernest Lawrence, and as the wife of a farmer, Clara was involved in the daily operation of Lawrence Brothers Farms as bookkeeper. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Homemakers Club, served as both treasurer and president of the Pennyrile Area Homemakers, and was a member of Kentucky’s Master Farm Homemaker Guild. She served on the Trigg County Extension District Board and County Extension Council for many years, filling various offices, and in 2017, she received the Friend of Extension award from the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
Clara was an organizing member of the James Thomas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Thomas Bridges Association, serving in all offices throughout the years, and a long-time active member of Cadiz Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Pearl Gentry; a brother, Thomas Hughes Gentry; sister-in-law, Nella Gentry; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Erath and Carroll Whitmer.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ernest Lawrence of Cadiz; a daughter and son-in-law, Clara Beth and Mike Hyde of Cadiz; three grandsons, Mason Hyde, Reagan Hyde and Gentry Hyde; and two sisters, Rachel Erath of Juno Beach, Fla., and Jo (Carroll) Riley of Russellville, Ky.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of the donor’s choice.