Bro. William Warwick Lawrence of New Bern, North Carolina was by no means just your average brother from another…….
For more than sixty years, William Warwick Lawrence has been a familiar figure on the streets of the historic old town of New Bern. As a barefoot slave boy during the war he went and came as did the boys of his time. When the war closed and Emancipation became reality, he was of school age and thus education was his goal.
Lawrence had been familiar in all social circles. He is a member of St. Peters A. M. E. Zion Church, which he has seen grow from small beginnings to one of the great congregations of the denomination, it being the Mother Church of the South.
When he was through school he learned the coopering trade, at which he worked for eight years. Later he opened up a music store in New Bern. He was himself a teacher of music and has for a long time been organist at St. Peters. He became skillful in repairing musical instruments and ran the store for nearly twenty years. At times he did collecting and later bought out the Wheeler and Wilson Sewing Machine Agency. After that he added insurance. He maintains a place of business on George Street near his residence. But it is perhaps as a sacred order man that he is most widely known. He has been an our brother OddFellow since he was 18 and has held all the subordinate offices and several important positions in the Grand Lodge. Under his administration a large tract of land was purchased which was recently sold for $46,000.00. Two hundred acres were retained for a home. He was National Grand auditor for six years and served on the sub-committee of management which had commanded the erection of the hundred thousand dollar HQ in Philadelphia. He being at that time a Grand Director……. He is also a prominent and useful member of the Masons. He has risen to the 33d degree Scottish Rite. He was Auditor General, for three terms he had served in this office, and was an active member of Supreme Council. He has also taken every degree in the #Pythians and was at one time Supreme Grand Exchequer till the branch he was identified with withdrew from the State on account of restrictions on insurance…
Today and forever he shall be remembered in the eternal bond of friendship love and truth!