Lawrence was born in Henderson, TX to Ruth E. (Vannoy) and James D. Benedict, Sr. He served his country in the United State Air Force. Lawrence retired December 31, 1989 from AT&T as the National Account Service Manager working on accounts for Hertz and United Airlines. He then worked for Hertz for 12 years. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; children Tamara Benedict, Teresa and husband Michael Arthur and Lawrence L. Benedict, Jr. and wife Sherry; brother, James D. Benedict, Jr. and wife Wilma; sister, Patricia and husband Marion Pursifull; grandchildren Ashleigh and husband Brent Lee, Ethan Benedict, Braden Benedict; great-granddaughter Gabrielle Lee and numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 from 1-8 pm with the family receiving guest from 6-8 pm at Buchanan Funeral Service. A celebration of life will be 10:30 am, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 in the chapel of Buchanan Funeral Service with burial to follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.