Doyle Lawrence

Doyle Lawrence was born in Humble, Texas on November 22, 1930. When he was a baby, he and his family followed his father who was chasing that “Black Gold, Texas Tea”, drilling one oil well after the next throughout the region. Their many moves took the family to Conroe, Barber’s Hill, Goose Creek, Liberty, and to Beaumont where he attended 1st grade before moving back to Liberty. Except for Doyle’s time serving in the United States Air Force, he spent the rest of his life in his beloved Liberty, Texas. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church since 1943; a heritage inherited from his ancestors who were among the first Methodists in North America. Doyle graduated from Liberty High School in 1949 and married his sweetheart, Margie Wiggins. The young couple spent several years in the Air Force at San Antonio, Amarillo, and then onto Alaska. After the service, they returned to Liberty where Doyle began working for Lake Tool Co. He reorganized the company and changed the name to Lawrence Industries. Doyle was a naturally gifted oil field engineer and inventor of the L. I. Drilling Jar, which was later used in the completion of the world’s deepest well at 30,050 feet. Lawrence Industries merged with, and became Daily Oil Tool in Houston where he served as V.P. in charge of manufacturing until he retired in 1976.  Doyle was able to pursue many passions which included; fishing, skiing, traveling, hunting, flying his plane and riding motorcycles. He had great knowledge on a number of subjects and always willing to help family and friends when able. He never met a stranger, was a friend to all, and generous with his time and gifts. Doyle had the privilege to experience many adventures and loved to recount what happened in his own special way, entertaining us all with his famous smile and a wink. He adored his family and we always depended on his knowledge, wisdom, strength, and beautiful prayers at family gatherings.

Doyle was a member of the FUMC Men’s Bible Study, Former Texas Ranger’s Association, Civil Air Patrol, and Darrell Flying Club.

Doyle was blessed with his beautiful wife, Margie and three children; Hillary, David, and Lisa. His grandchildren are: Jennifer, Lindsay, Todd, Lara, Megan, Emma, and Aaron. Great-grandchildren are: Kade, Haleigh, Daniel, Andrew, Tarah, and Joseph.  

Doyle M. Lawrence was presented before his Lord and Savior at 6:00am on December 20, 2018. He began the journey at peace, pain free and blessed to be asleep in his own bed at home and surround by his wife and children. We rejoice that we were given an honorable and Faith-filled husband and father. He lived a full and much blessed life. We walk in the shadow of our hero….

Friends are invited to visit with the family 2pm, Friday, December 28, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Liberty, 539 Main St., Liberty, Texas. Funeral services begin at 3pm at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Doyle’s memory to First United Methodist Church of Liberty. 

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Donations may be made to:

First United Methodist Church of Liberty
539 Main St., Liberty TX 77575
Tel: 1-936-336-6401

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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