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In Memory of
Wayman C. Lawrence, III
March 28, 1931 - December 31, 2019

Wayman C. Lawrence, III died December 31, 2019. Wayman was born March 28, 1931, in Columbus, to Gertrude Smith Lawrence and Wayman C. Lawrence, Jr., both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan Wipf Lawrence, and by their children, Wayman C., IV (Maria) in Madison, WI, Anne L. Phillips (Roy F.) in Washington, DC. David W. (Rita M.) in Phoenix, AZ and grandchildren, Wayman C.,V, Grace, Desmond R., Sophie M., John (Jack) R., Ella M., John D.; also survived by his sister, Margaret Katharine (Charles) Simmons and preceded in death by his sister, Jane. Wayman was a graduate of Westerville High School (1949), Princeton University (1953), and the Ohio State University College of Law (1959) following three years of service in the United States Navy (honorable discharge in 1956). His law practice spanned 47 years, first with the Alexander, Ebinger law firm and then by way of merger with Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur, both Columbus firms. It is Wayman's wish that the following words be incorporated in this obituary: "Love, respect and support, these things I have received in such abundance from my wonderful family and friends that my life has been a blessing beyond belief. For that, I thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart even as I ask your forgiveness for dispensing with the customary procedures (such as flowers, funeral service) that follow upon one's death. In their place, it would be great if you simply could add another act of goodwill toward a person or other object of your personal concern. In any event, sincere thanks for being an important part of my life." A private memorial service for family will be held at a later date when an appropriate time and place can be determined. Condolences at


Cindy Clark

Jan 2, 2020

Joan and family, How sincerely sad I am for your loss. Wayman was always kind and wonderful to all who knew him. Words fail me now, but know that he is greatly missed by all who knew him! Cindy Clark


Teri Morgan

Jan 3, 2020

Joan, I am so sorry to hear of Wayman's passing. You have both been such solid Republicans and loyal Delaware County supporters over the years. I always appreciated your advice and looked to you as one of my most important mentors. With my sympathy, Teri Morgan


John Petrushka

Jan 3, 2020

I happen to be scanning the obit pages in the Dispatch today and seeing Wayman's struck me like a bolt of lightening. My memory of Wayman goes back to the early '70's when he was involved in the Sunbury Little League program. JR Smith was our coach. My mother used to drop me off at their house on Red Bank road and he'd take me and his son David up to Sunbury for the games. Once, before we left and donning our uniforms, he took us into their back yard to warm up and I remember passing a large honeysuckle shrub that was in full flower. The scent was almost overwhelming. Even though he towered over us 9- and 10-year-olds, I remember he was very kind and treated all of us with respect. Even though I was young, I could tell I was in the presence of someone special. My condolences to the family on their loss.


Matt Swysgood

Jan 3, 2020

My deepest condolences to your family. Mr, Lawrence will always be remembered by me with great fondness. Those formative years spent at your place or at Low's barn are truly cherished. He was always so kind and encouraging, definitely one of my favorite "grown ups". Love and sympathy, Matt Swysgood


Joel. Weaver

Jan 3, 2020

Dear Joan and Family, About four decades ago, I first met Wayman when I was a newly-appointed member of the Genoa Township Zoning Commission. Weyman, who was the chair, told me that we were charged by the township trustees with rewriting the township's long-outdated zoning rules. He demonstrated brilliant leadership, compassion, and fair-mindedness in leading the creation of our comprehensive zoning plan for the township's future development. It was at one of our public meetings where neighbors could comment on the proposed changes that one citizen so clearly and intelligently articulated her views that she stood out among all others. After the meeting, I asked who this very impressive woman was, and he smiled as he proudly told me that it was his wife, Joan. A few years after that, she was elected to the Ohio House, and she certainly had my vote. What a wonderful couple you made for so many years. Weyman will be missed, but what a wonderful legacy he has left. Joel and Barbara Weaver


Sherry Williams

Jan 3, 2020

Dear Joan and Family, The Board and Staff of Prevent Blindness send our deepest condolences on the loss of Wayman. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Melodee Kornacker

Jan 4, 2020

May Wayman's memory be for a blessing.


Peg Rosenfield

Jan 4, 2020

Joan, I hope you can be strong after losing your loving and always supportive husband. I an only guess how hard it is, for I too have a loving and always supportive husband. Please stay in touch. Peg


James G Holobaugh

Jan 4, 2020

Dear Joan, I just learned of Wayman passing. I cannot find words to say or express what I and Patty are feeling. This is a real shock for us and any one who knew Wayman. He was one of the finest men that I ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with.We will miss him greatly. Please let us know if we can help in any way.


Dan Brown

Jan 4, 2020

Wayman was the steady conscience of Alexander Ebinger.


Roger Kenneth Roberts

Jan 7, 2020

Joan, Wayman, Anne, and David, I have been thinking about you all since reading the obituary. Your family represented a major part of my early teaching and coaching. I remember talking to Wayman at junior high basketball practice and other times. I thank your family for helping to make me a better person.


Ned Thomas

Jan 7, 2020

Although we had met at a business event,I was introduced to Wayman by Carl Fritche, another local hero and historian. Wayman was the consummate gentleman who catered to my interest in Genoa Township history. He and Joan invited me into their home and told detailed stories of the house's unique involvement in Ohio's formative years. While honoring his desire for privacy, my knowledge of the area grew. Later he sent copies of historical pictures and events that are treasured today. Thank you for all your efforts. RIP.