COLUMBUS — Manervia Baptist, 76, died Jan. 1, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Services are today at 1 p.m. at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville with the Rev. Charles Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Public Cemetery in Starkville. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She is survived by her children, Willie James Lawrence, Faye Benjamin, Robert L. Lawrence and Valarie Harris of Starkville, Connie Leon of San Antonio, Tony O. and Louis Lawrence, both of Knoxville, Tenn., Wallace Lawrence of West Point, Tyrone Lawrence of Columbus, and Elijah Baptist of Chicago, Ill.; sisters, Betty Carpenter and Ellen Reed, both of Starkville; brothers, A.D. Nichols of Atlanta, Ga., Herman Pastor of Starkville, and Tommy Pastor of St. Louis; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on January 6, 2013
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