Clarice Boykin Lawrence

Clarice Boykin Lawrence

Clarice Boykin Lawrence
November 5, 1929 – January 14, 2020

WENDELL – Clarice Boykin Lawrence was born November 5, 1929, the year of the Great Depression, left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior and loved ones on January 14, 2020.

She was the daughter of Coley and Gertie Earp Watkins.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, father of their children, Buck Boykin and second husband, Bobby Lawrence, two sisters, Cleo Byrd and Shirley Smith, brother, Elbert Watkins and a great grandson, Christian Pearce.

She grew up on a farm and studied hard work, honesty, and kindness.  Her family and friends were the center of her life.  She was a very independent woman.  She gave herself to her children.  They are what they are today because of her strength, love, and wisdom.  Her passions were the adventures to yard sales and Goodwill for those hidden treasures waiting to be found.  She retired from Square D with 21 years of service.

She leaves behind her son, Robert Boykin (Bonnie), daughters, Linda Lawrence, Kay Talley (George), and Bonnie Clark (Jimmie), 1 granddaughter, 6 grandsons, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter and numerous beloved nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1101 Blair Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC  27603.

Funeral service, 2pm, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery in Wendell, NC.  The family will also receive friends on Friday from 4-8pm at Mom’s house.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Wendell.


  • Carson and Brenda E Jones Posted January 14, 2020 7:56 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Clarice was a SPECIAL cousin to me and a #1 MOM to all of you. We will miss and love her forever in hearts. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Sue Mitchell Posted January 14, 2020 9:44 pm

    Clarice was my step cousin. I thought the world of her. Her and mama were neighbors and loved totalk. I will truly miss her and she will always be in my heart. Rip sweet lady.

  • Larry Penny Posted January 15, 2020 9:42 am

    The world lost an angel on earth. She will be missed and hopefully fond memories will continue to shine for many generations to come.

  • Bert Green Posted January 15, 2020 10:59 am

    So sorry for your loss, Robert. Praying that God will comfort you and your family at this time.

  • jeanne poole Posted January 16, 2020 10:02 am

    Mrs. Clarice was such an inspiration and role model to me. I am a neighbor and fellow Christian joined to her through Wendell Baptist Church. Each visit we had she was the up-lifter I was the beneficiary. She modeled for me the deep love of family and friends. I will miss you dear friend but celebrate your new life in HEAVEN.

  • Debbie Earp Posted January 16, 2020 3:40 pm

    Clarice will always have a place in my heart, she made a big impact in my life from a wee child. Even tho she was my 1st cousin, I always called her “Aunt” Clarice. For the rest of the family, I know words can’t take away the saddness you’re feeling, but I want you to know how much I care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss. The great thought is, there is such a short distance for us to walk until we all get to be together again, and that will last forever!

  • Brenda & Jimmy Lewis, Wendell, NC Posted January 16, 2020 9:03 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Mrs. Clarice was indeed a very special lady. Now, she is a very special “angel”. Love you much.

  • Jerry Earp Posted January 18, 2020 2:43 am

    So sorry to hear of her passing, I have many fond memories from my childhood of the time spent at her home.

  • Sally Perdue Posted January 18, 2020 7:35 am

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a precious jewel. God bless you all.

  • Joey Dalton Posted January 18, 2020 5:50 pm

    Mema was of a kind. The kindest sweetest.lady.who was so full of love for EVERYONE. I feel so blessed to have had her part of my life and great grandmother to my daughter Hannah Lawrence. She will be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Sue boykin Posted January 21, 2020 9:54 pm

    sorry to hear of your loss

  • Bruce Boykins Posted May 18, 2023 2:36 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss to the family! I always loved her from the time we met after I found my dad,Bruce Boykin Sr. I am her nephew, Buck was my dad’s brother. I always believed she was a good person and I believe that she is with our Lord and Saviour.

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