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Lawrence Connie Marshall, 84, of Hempstead, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008 at home.
He was born June 3, 1924 in Houston to Louis Connie Marshall and Lillie Bertha Frey Marshall. He attended Reagan High School and later became one of its distinguished Hall of Fame Members.
In the 1950s, after becoming a renowned stock racing car mechanic and crew chief, Lawrence became involved in the auto industry by purchasing the local Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Lawrence won numerous sales volumes awards including Chevrolet Century Club and Oldsmobile's Vanguard Elite.  He was also one of the top 5% volume truck dealers in the USA and a Chevrolet Service Supremacy Medallion winner. In the 1990s, Lawrence expanded his dealerships to include two in Bryan and one in Giddings.
He served as president and director of the Waller County Fair Association.  He was also a member of both the Houston Livestock Show Go Texan Committee and the Dairy Scramble Committee.  He was a successful cutting and roping horse breeder and owned an 8,000 acre exotic game ranch in Edwards County, Texas known as Carta Valley Wildlife. 
Lawrence also served as director of the Hempstead Country Club.
He acquired the Legendary Oaks Golf Course and developed the Lawrence Marshall Family Recreation Center and Legendary Oaks Subdivision. Lawrence also opened the Lawrence Marshall Antique Cars and Museum in 1999.  He proved himself to be a successful real estate investor and rancher through his many ventures. 
Lawrence was a dedicated member of the Hempstead Church of Christ and was a regular contributor to the Medina Children's Home. He touched many lives and will be missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lillie and Connie Marshall, Grace Stern, sister and Vernie Marshall, brother.
He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Mavanell Marshall, sons Ricky Marshall and wife Holly and Monte Marshall and wife Leisha, grandchildren: Monica Mathis and husband Michael, Monte Louis Marshall, Jr., Joshua Jay Marshall, Marilyn Montgomery and husband Jason, Sarah Mikolajewski and husband Chad, Laura Nell Marshall, Cody Marshall, and Chase Marshall, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 6 p.m. at McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead. Funeral Service was  Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ, Hempstead with Brother Eugene Dewveall officiating. Burial followed immediately at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, under the direction of McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Pallbearers:  Robert Wolfe, James Smith, Charles Stansell, Larry Marshall, Charles Ray Shields, Frank Dansby, Eli Young, Charles Allred.  Honorary Pallbearers:  Mike McDonald, Bill Pickering, John Dezangotita, Bill Hurley, Shelby Blankenship, Ed Allred, Valton Clendennen, Harold Herrin and Frank Akins.

Posted by Joy Neely


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