On March 27, 2021, one we knew and loved stepped across the threshold that we call death, but it was only a step into another room in the mansion prepared for those who know and love the Lord. Pastor Emeritus Lawrence James Thorne is at peace with God now, rejoicing in his happy home.
Lawrence was born April 27, 1927 in Cedar Creek, TX to Professor Samuel Franklin Thorne and Eunice Sampson Thorne. He was educated at Elm Grove Schoolhouse in Cedar Creek, TX and went on to continue his education at the old Emile School.
He was married to the late Corine Marie Love Thorne for 51 years and three children were born to this union.
As a veteran, Lawrence enjoyed reliving his service in the US Army. He served in the Korean War from 1950-1953 and had many mementos saved to share with family and friends.
Pastor Emeritus Thorne was first ordained as a minister in 1962 and served as pastor of the Mt. Zion Church on FM 969 in Bastrop, TX for two years. Succeeding his time at Mt. Zion, he pastored the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church for 43 years, retiring from his active role as pastor in 2012. He is recognized amongst his peers for his preaching, teaching and counseling in the Bastrop and Cedar Creek area. He also encouraged and helped a number of young ministers who were entering into their own ministry and helped to encourage these men and their ministerial development in the Lord. He is well remembered for the fellowship and good relationships he maintained with all churches of many different denominations and many families within Bastrop County. His active participation within the community, led him to serve on committees such as being the president of the Bastrop Sub-District and Mt. Olive Cemetery Associations and on the boards of the Bastrop County Food Pantry, Combined Committee Action, Austin American Statesman Employees Credit Union and the Statesman’s United Way Committee.
His loving wife Corine Thorne and a son, Lawrence Jr., preceded him in death.
His memory will live on in the hearts of his family: two daughters, Shirley Haywood (Charles) of Cedar Creek, TX and Deloris Sanders of Houston, TX.
Other members of his family who will miss him dearly are eight grandchildren: Kurt Thorne of Austin, TX, Andrea “Nickie” Thorne of College Station, TX, Lamondt Sanders (Kizzy) of Chesapeake, VA, Angel Green (Jermaine) of Cedar Creek, TX, Danielle Sanders, Pierre Sanders, Jimmie “Scooby” Sanders of Houston, TX and Edward Haywood (Crysti) of Prunedale, CA.
He was the proud great-grandfather of 15 great grandchildren and a few great great grandchildren as well. He leaves behind two sisters: Bobbry McDonald and Hazel Harris (Earl) of Cedar Creek, TX, one sister-in-law, Betty Jo Love of Los Angeles, CA. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will forever cherish his memory..
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