We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Bobby E. Glover Mortuary
Lawrence Clarington, 67, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Lawrence was born in Fort Valley, Georgia, the youngest of the late Fletcher Sr. and Eula Clarington.
He was educated in Houston County, attending Houston High prior to integration. There, he was a member of the 1969 GIA State Champion Indians football team. A team that gained national news coverage when they were finally recognized and presented championship rings in 2020. Lawrence graduated from Perry High School in 1974. He was an All-American Athlete lettering in baseball, track, and football. He still holds Perry High's record for the longest punt return. Lawrence furthered his education at then Valdosta State College where he was an ace left handed pitcher for the Blazers from 1974-1978. Following college, he played semi-professional baseball with the Perry Athletics for several years. Lawrence loved playing tennis and was really good at it. He even held a summer tennis camp at Rozier Park.
When Lawrence was in the eighth grade at Houston High, he met and fell in love with Celestine Roberts. The two dated throughout high school and were married in 1976 while attending Valdosta State. Their union produced three beautiful daughters and 6 wonderful grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
Lawrence was a very dedicated member of New Hope Baptist Church where he was the President of the Male Chorus, served on the Executive Deacon Board, and taught Adult Sunday School. He served on the City of Perry's Planning and Zoning Commitee. Although Lawrence no longer played baseball, he found his calling officiating High School and College baseball with the Houston County Umpires Association for 25 plus years.
Lawrence was preceeded in death by: his parents; sisters and brothers, Louis Clarington Sr., Palma Lee Gilbert, Maudie Washington, Fletcher Clarington Jr., Horace Clarington Sr., Robert Clarington, Ernest Clarington, Leary Davis, Fred Clarington, and Willie James Clarington; and several nieces and nephews.
He leaves in mourning: his wife, Celestine Clarington; children, Nikia (Jason) Hester of Port Wentworth, GA, Magdalyn Clarington of Byron, GA, and Alicia Clarington of Perry, GA; 6 grandchildren, McGarrett Scott Jr., Jalen Clarington, Makia Clarington, Jayden Hester, Janae Hester, and Jaxson Carter; grandpup, Bailey Jade; sisters and brothers, Carlton Clarington Sr., Jerry (Willie M.) Clarington, Reverend Floyd Clarington, Shirley (Elijah) Whitfield, Jackie (Doris) Bryant, Annette (Richard) Traynham, Janet (Jim) Davis, Deborah (Al) Roker, Bonita (Kevin Sr) Jackson, Belinda (Patrick) Spellman, Lizzie (Alden) Washington, and Bernice Sturckey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, a special mother figure, Inez Dugger.