Thanksgiving Service Processional – Majesty The Band Opening Remarks Pastor S. Robert Stewart Opening Prayer Elder Christopher Plummer To God be the Glory Congregational Hymn Old Testament Lesson – Psalm 116 Tanesha Clarke Sax Solo – My Redeemer Lives Dave McLaughlin New Testament Lesson – I Corinthians 15:12-22; 50-58 Karleen (Diane) Grey Worship Melody (Tribute from former student) Paul Dean Jr. Remembering Cairey Noel St.A. & Fay Lawrence I Won’t Complain Wallie Sharpe ************ Eulogy – In My World A Miraculous Entry Deidra Lawrence Sax Solo – My Soul is Anchored in the Lord Garfield Lawrence My Musical World Rohaema (Roni) Smith Music and Faith Noel Lawrence Spiritual Birth Donna Lawrence Never Could Have Made It FOCUS ************ Prayer for the Family Pastor Paul Gallimore Offering Kings Chapel Orchestra Well Done Pentab Mass Choir Message Pastor S. Robert Stewart Recessional – May His Peace be With You Pentab Praise Team
Donations will be accepted for a music education fund to be established in Noel’s memory A special donation will also be made in Noel’s name to the Joe DiMaggio Cardiac Unit to fund ongoing research in congenital heart defects.
Remembering Cairey We want to thank God for allowing Noel or Cairey as our family fondly called him, to be a part of our family. He was the center of our joy. There is no doubt that our son was a miracle child from birth to the end of his life here on earth. Born with only two chambers in his heart, he was always physically challenged. As a baby, toddler, and through to his teenage years, he was constantly exhausted and breathless. His fingers and lips would sometimes become purple because of the mixture of purified blood with the impure blood. He had to stoop often to catch his breath. In spite of this, he never murmured about his health and he never complained. During his Primary (Elementary) school years, he had to walk to school and he was thankful for his twin brother Garfield and sister Donna, who would have to carry him physically to school. He enjoyed this experience. However, some aspects of going to school were not as enjoyable as we found out after reading notes he made of his life. These notes revealed that school life was a challenge for him due to bullying, students making fun of him, and the fact that he could not play games with his schoolmates and friends without getting tired immediately. The awesome thing about it was he never complained of these incidents to us when he came home. He wrote that as far as he was concerned “this is my world” and he was determined to look on the better side of things as he never experienced what we call “normal.” Within his limitations, he was just a normal sibling at home however. He enjoyed activities such as doing his wish list at Christmas to give to whoever picked his name. As he got older, he never forgot birthdays or anniversaries and we always received calls at Easter and Christmas. He was the “Pastor” in our family and “officiated” at all these family gatherings. God has a way of putting the right people at the right time in our lives and that is what happened in Noel Cairey’s life, as you will see from his eulogy. In addition to his family, he had close friends he loved to hang out with who enriched his life. He was a living testimony of how one can live a fulfilled life no matter what kind of disability or handicap the individual has to face. He showed that overcoming is possible as long as that life is committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ, is grounded in His Word, and there is a desire to reach out to others. His disability was not his focus; his focus was on Jesus. Cairey found the purpose and plan the Lord had for him and he fulfilled it. Thanks to all the doctors, nurses, Vitas staff, praying and personal friends, relatives, music students and their parents, Kings Chapel family, and Pentecostal Tabernacle family for touching his life in some way. Jesus was able to work through you all, in allowing Cairey to be a living miracle during his life here with us. Noel Cairey fought a good fight and he is now reaping the reward. The songwriter said, “Little is much when God is in it, labor not for wealth or fame, there’s a crown, and you can have it, if you go in Jesus name.” We are comforted to know he will be welcomed into Heaven as a good and faithful servant. We will miss you dearly Cairey and pray that we, your parents, can follow in your footsteps and meet up with you in the place the Lord has prepared for us. Your passing has left a void in our hearts but we know you are resting in peace. Love always – Daddy and Mummy Noel St.Aubyn & Fay Lawrence
In My World “I am positive that God has a plan for my life and with prayers and faith he will reveal that plan as life goes on. Think positive. This is life… In my world…” Noel Lawrence
A LIFE OF MIRACLES Noel Cairey St. Anthony Lawrence was born at the Nuttall Memorial Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica, on May 18, 1969. Fifteen minutes later, his twin brother, Garfield St. Aubyn Lawrence joined him. At their six-week check up, Garfield was given a clean bill of health while Noel was said to have had an undetermined congenital heart defect. The doctors could do nothing more for him and so his concerned parents took him home, deciding to leave all in the hands of God. The Lawrence family at that time consisted of father, mother, and big sister Donna who was three years old. Two siblings were added to the family between 1981 and 1984, Rohaema and Deidra-Antoinette. When Donna and Garfield migrated to the U.S.A. to further their studies, Noel was very attentive to his two younger sisters. Noel was allowed to live as normal a childhood as was possible in spite of the challenges he faced during his formative years. He attended Unity Preparatory School, Barracks Road Primary, Catherine Hall Elementary, and Herbert Morrison High School in Montego Bay. Influenced by their mother who is a musician, each Lawrence child played at least one musical instrument and Noel was not exempted from this requirement. Noel also did studies at the Edna Manley Visual Arts and Performing College in Kingston, Jamaica, and Elmhurst College, Indiana in the United States. He displayed humility, tolerance, longsuffering, kindness, and love throughout. At age 12, the Lord began to open doors of opportunity for Noel. We met Professor Ogretta McNeil who took an interest in Noel’s health issues; she was instrumental in him being invited to the University of Massachusetts Hospital for medical assessment. It was discovered that Noel’s heart was not fully formed; he only had two chambers instead of the usual four. However, at the time, there was no safe procedure to correct the problem and so the family returned to Jamaica after the diagnosis. In 1990 just after winning a National award in the Senior Category as Best Wind Instrumentalist in Kingston, Noel was once again summoned to Massachusetts. He was being given an opportunity to undergo corrective open-heart surgery using a new procedure called Funtan at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Noel readily agreed to do the surgery because, by this time, he was a born-again Christian and was willing to leave everything in the hands of his Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. There were moments after the surgery when it seemed Noel would not have made it, but God heard the prayers of faith from family and friends including his devoted church family at 5
In My World King’s Chapel Pentecostal Church. The surgery was successful and Noel beat the odds one more time. As a result, he was able to have a better quality of life although they thought his life span would have ended at age 25. Approximately 10 years later at age 30, he had to undergo another openheart surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. This was also not a “walk in the park”. Noel had to go through rehab to relearn how to walk and to strengthen his muscles in order to talk again. In the end, it was all a success and upon the advice of the doctors, Noel decided to remain in the United States. He became a member of Pentecostal Tabernacle and continued his dedicated service in the worship ministry as a new family embraced him. In June 2014, Noel received an invitation from Memorial Regional Hospital to come in with the possibility of looking into his case to see if he was suitable for a heart transplant. At the time, he was having some health issues and so he agreed. This time, Noel’s body did not handle the procedure well. He developed pneumonia, which contributed to kidney failure. He spent several months in the hospital while every effort was made to restore his health. The doctors finally decided that there was nothing more they could do for him. His case was out of their hands. All the time, prayers continued to be offered on his behalf. Noel himself was resolute in his faith and continued to glorify his God. He repeatedly said, “That’s what the doctor says, but what does God say”? When he was discharged from the Memorial Regional Hospital in July 2014, the Doctors recommended that he be placed in Hospice, as they did not think he would survive beyond two weeks. Noel thanked them for their medical services, said a prayer for them, and assured them that only his Lord and Savior would determine the length of his life. He was placed in the care of Vitas in the Hospital for several weeks before he was finally allowed to return home. Vitas gave excellent service and did everything to make him comfortable. In spite of the negative report, Noel had a burning desire to be able to testify before his Church family one more time. He also wanted to return to doing two activities he loved - teaching music to his students and to join the church band once again. The latter wish was not fulfilled due to his failing health. The Lord enabled him to fulfill the desire to teach his students again as he gradually took over teaching from his Mom who had filled in while he was in the hospital. This he continued to do until the Saturday before he transitioned into eternity. The second desire was accomplished on October 5, 2014. Before his home church, Pentecostal Tabernacle, he testified and shared the miraculous journey the Lord had taken him on. Despite what Noel went through during the past year and throughout his life, he was never one to complain. He left it all in the hands of the Lord. He was 6
In My World a miracle and his life will be a testimony for the Lawrence Family to share indicating what a life of faith and submission to the will of God can achieve.
In his world…Jesus was the focus, not his disability.
My Soul Has Been Anchored Though the storms keep on raging in my life, And sometimes it’s hard to tell my night from day. Still that hope that lies within is reassured As I keep my eyes upon the distant shore; I know He’ll lead me safely to that Blessed place He has prepared But if the storms don’t cease, And if the wind keeps on blowing, (in my life) My soul has been anchored in the Lord.
In My World “Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.” Stevie Wonder
MY MUSICAL WORLD The Lord provided Noel with a lifeline of a music career. He was first taught on the piano, at an early age by his mom and then by Mrs. Clarice Crawford, a well-known musician in Montego Bay, Jamaica. At age nine he and his brother as well as sister Donna, were introduced to wind instruments by Mrs. Vivienne DeOkoro. Noel started with the trumpet then switched to the baritone. He gained certificates from the Royal Schools of Music, London in both Practical (Piano) and Theory. Upon entering Herbert Morrison High School, Noel and Garfield were both placed in the Senior Band instead of the Junior Band. Noel also gained experience in Band music because of a special international exchange programme introduced by Professor Judith Grimes of Elmhurst College, Indiana. Noel convinced Professor Judith Grimes to attend King’s Chapel each time she came to Montego Bay. At each visit, she would donate wind instruments to the church. At King’s Chapel United Pentecostal Church, he was involved in training young boys and girls in playing the wind instruments in order to put together a wind orchestra for the Church. Noel also started a marching band and sang in the choir. At Pentecostal Tabernacle, he continued to coach and teach the wind instrumentalists there. Pastor Stewart gave him the opportunity to teach music at the Church on Saturdays and allowed Noel to host annual music recitals for several years. He also performed at weddings, banquets, funerals, and other events. Noel had a passion for music and delighted in using the gift to glorify God. His exemplary service to both King’s Chapel and Pentecostal Tabernacle testify of this. He was also dedicated to his students and took his teaching duties seriously. Even while he was hospitalized, he was constantly thinking about his students and making plans for their tuition. One visitor recalls that on several occasions he was on his laptop preparing the schedule of classes for the start of school. This was during the time when the doctors did not expect him to leave the hospital alive. Noel, however, chose to make plans for the students and as a result was prepared for classes when he was released. His remarkable passion was matched by incredible faith. In Noel’s world… music was an expression of praise and gratitude to a God who specializes in things thought impossible.
In My World “The best thing is to live for God. He’s so real. In everything, we have to put our trust and our faith in God because everything else will fail…Saints of God, keep living for God. I am so glad I have Jesus”. Noel’s testimony – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
SPIRITUAL BIRTH I believe that when God looks down and identifies a problem, or individuals that will need to be taught a spiritual lesson, a child is born into the world with the assignment to accomplish this task. Noel started the journey to accomplish his spiritual purpose by attending St. Paul’s United Church of Jamaica and Cayman Island; there he was the youngest person that attended prayer and bible studies. During a Keswick convention, Noel answered an altar call and accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Shortly after, he accepted an invitation from a friend, Dave McLaughlin, to attend Kings Chapel United Pentecostal Church. Noel was proud to testify that his second birthday was May 22, 1988 when he had his born-again experience at King’s Chapel United Pentecostal Church in Montego Bay, Jamaica. At Pentecostal Tabernacle in Miami, he continued his mission to serve the Lord. Noel attended Prayer and Bible Studies regularly and was always willing to take someone who had no transportation to church. He played on the band and taught many young people to play musical instruments. Noel was a faithful camper at the annual youth camp – Apostolic Camp International, where he served as a counselor for young boys. He was awarded in 2014 for his faithfulness and long service. Noel used every opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ. Evangelism was uppermost in his thoughts and actions. He once offered to teach someone to drive if that person would in turn attend church services. One of the highlights of his life was when he was given the opportunity to go on a Missionary trip to Guyana. While there, he was enriched with a new cultural experience when he had the opportunity to attend and play the saxophone at a Guyanese wedding. At the reception, he was caught offering a fork to a native Guyanese who he saw eating with his hands. Noel did not know that it was an accepted custom and thought the individual could not wait to get the utensil. This was only one of many humorous moments he provided his team members. The highlight for him however, was taking part in the music ministry for the youth camp and accompanying church services. Noel was so dedicated that early on the Sunday morning when the rest of the team were getting awake, Noel was already dressed and ready to go to band practice. Of course, this was another moment of laughter because there was no band with which to have that practice and in the midst of laughter, he was gently reminded where he was. We have been told that on a visit to one of the churches, he was referred to as Pastor Noel. When all the other missionaries had to walk more than a mile from the boat to the church, Noel was given a ride on the back 9
In My World of a bike because he was “Pastor Noel”. For weeks after he returned, he could not stop talking about his experiences in Guyana and the tremendous impact of the visit. Noel stayed on the course that God had created for him. The child that was told he was slow, taught us that “slow and easy” finishes the race and that you didn’t have to be “fast” to be effective, he took adequate time to ensure that you would not misunderstand where he stood when it came to his faith. The child that was called “dunce” turned out to be a great teacher. Noel’s official profession was teaching music but he taught several other lessons and each one of us here was his student. Here are a few things he taught us and we can see how they relate to his spiritual life: • • • • •
Humility - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than you. Each of you should look not only to your interest but also the interest of others. Philippians 2:3-4 Perseverance - Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 Faithfulness and Loyalty - He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much. Luke 16:10 That being different is never an excuse - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 In Matthew 22 and 29 we learn that our purpose while here on earth is to love God; Love others; Share your faith. Noel demonstrated this constantly. In 1969, God created a child that would defy all odds. A child whose heart only had two chambers when a normal heart had four, a child whose organs were in reverse order of what normal organs should be, a child who at birth was given a 2 year life span, then as a teenager was given until age 25 and in July of 2014 was given 2 weeks. With all these prognosis, Noel never faltered from his belief in God. He never asked God why and he was always insistent that the heart he had was the heart that God gave him and that God was the only one that could determine his life span. After teaching on Saturday April 4, Noel became ill and had to be taken to the hospital. He quietly went home to the Lord at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the age of 45.
Noel leaves behind his dad and mom - Noel and Fay Lawrence, brother Garfield and his wife Lorraine, sisters - Donna, Rohaema and her husband Jason and Deidra, nieces Nedaara and Dani’el, nephews Joseph and Alister (AJ) uncles, aunts, cousins, other family members, church family, and friends. I leave you with a quote from the late Patrick Swayze, “when those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you are going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true to your life…it is a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself.” Thank you for sharing Noel’s world. 10
In My World...I Serve The King KING’S CHAPEL UPC REMEMBERS - A LIFE OF SACRIFICE In 1988, a significant transition took place in the life of twin brothers, Garfield and Noel. Both were baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost on the same day. Brother Noel became a member of the King’s Chapel United Pentecostal Church in 1993, a decision that was cemented by a strong desire to serve in the Kingdom of God through the ministry of music. A music class was initiated when he taught one young man in the Albion community to play the saxophone. This class grew to a generation of persons being taught to play various instruments. Such is his impact that his first student is now a world acclaimed saxophonist. Brother Noel’s dedication and love for music did not go unnoticed. In 1999, when the position of Band Leader became vacant, he was the first choice to lead the band of over 25 members. He taught unselfishly to youngsters who had raw talent and an insatiable desire to learn music. This silent giant of a music teacher and mentor used his God-given skills to transform the lives of many students. As the membership grew, a second band - King’s Chapel Scout Band - was formed. Under his leadership, many youngsters enjoyed the privilege of ministering in the house of the Lord, at civic ceremonies, and at camp meetings. To the parents of King’s Chapel, Brother Lawrence was the Music Teacher who gave their children of his time, money, and talent. He never looked for money in return for his tutorship. He gave willingly, unreservedly, and selflessly. Parents were blessed to have their children being socialized in a healthy environment as he would occasionally treat the band members to pizza after practice and shared his views about life with them. He made sure that every student was transported safely home. Brother Noel’s passion to see young people grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ was evident in his sacrificial offerings of monetary donations to students for camps, seminars, and programs. King’s Chapel has been impacted by his leadership and sterling example of true discipleship. He gave all without seeking for a reward. He accomplished much within his short life span. The church in Jamaica, and by extension the world, is a better place because of this strong legacy. The kingdom of God will continue to be advanced through the foundation of transforming gifts of love such as displayed in the life of Brother Noel Lawrence. “Precious are the death of the saints who die in the Lord.”
In My World...I Touch Lives KING’S CHAPEL UPC REMEMBERS At ten, I was introduced to playing the saxophone by Brother Noel. I am grateful for the influence of a humble but firm teacher. My first saxophone was a gift from him. He gave me his personal saxophone when I needed one and taught me to respect my instrument as a tool of ministry. He showed us love by the way he molded not only our talents but also our lives. Brother Noel was more than a music instructor. He was a friend, mentor, and big brother who allowed himself to be used of God as an epistle seen and read by all men. (Bro. Troy Sinclair) I was deeply saddened by his passing. He was a strong anointed teacher who touched many lives as he made his Christian journey. He would always instill the profound wisdom that we should not only play because we could play but we should always have the anointing whenever we play. He was a true man of God, a musical icon, brother, and friend. (Sis. Lorraine Hall) A selfless, zealous music teacher invested godly principles in us… I was fifteen when we met. He inspired us to love music and that helped me personally to stay focused on Jesus Christ. I was always intrigued by his ability to transpose notes for every musical instrument within minutes; he had a keen ear for music. I admired him for his humility, deep love for God, and soft spoken yet no nonsense disposition. His sweet spirit drew young people to encounter a true role model. Jesus was resident in his heart and life as manifested in his testimonies, conversations, and music ministry. I thank God for the privilege to have known such a great man of God who has helped to nurture me in my early walk with the Lord.” (Sis. Tanisha Archer-Parkes) Noel was a brother, friend, and an anointed music director. His undeniable legacy will never die. I am looking forward to be with him on the heavenly band. (Bro. Kelvin Reynolds) Bro. Lawrence had a great influence on the lives of band members. He played with a deep sense of spiritual understanding that would invoke the presence of the Holy Ghost in the congregation. He was a dynamic unforgettable young man who inspired so many young people to play different kinds of instruments. He had a serious heart challenge, yet he was one of the greatest saxophonists we ever knew. (Pastor Errol Hind) I shared Intermediate Sunday School class with Brother Noel Lawrence. I found him to be a very respectful young man of quiet demeanor and caring towards everyone, particularly the young people. He was a dedicated teacher who always ensured that the students were okay; he had their best interest at heart, always concerned about their well being and spiritual growth. He was an example of a true Christian mentor. (Sis. Fredrica Reece) Brother Noel Lawrence was a soldier in the army of the Lord, a dedicated teacher, big brother, confidant, counselor, and a reliable trustworthy son who placed the interest of the church before his own life. He was a leader who was always easily led, as he was an excellent follower. He gave all that he had for the work of Christ. (Church mother, Friend – Sis. V. Sinclair) 12
In My World...I Focus On Jesus PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE SALUTES – A HERO OF FAITH Bro. Noel Lawrence was a member of Pentecostal Tabernacle in Miami, Florida from the year 1998 up until the time of his death. His introduction to the assembly was remarkable in many ways. He started at Pentecostal Tabernacle and left for a short while to undergo major heart surgery, after which, he returned looking somewhat frail and weak.We were soon to learn however, that the frail and seemingly weak appearance certainly did not define Noel Lawrence. It could be said that he was a man with a ‘big heart’ and faith comparable to very few. Bro. Noel as he was fondly called, recovered from his surgery over time and the expectation was that he would rest his heart and not be too involved. However, from the magnitude of his heart, he blessed Pentecostal Tabernacle with his tremendous gift of playing the saxophone and was one of the most dedicated individuals to ministry. There is no doubt that he was an avid and excellent saxophonist and dedicated this gift to glorifying God and ministering to His people. He became an added feature of the Pentab Worship Ministry, but did not limit his ministry to being a solo feature of the band. He gave of himself unselfishly in training young people in his special skill. It was not long before the wind instruments were an integral part of worship services and special events affiliated with the assembly. This man lived a full life and was not afraid to extend his reach in ministry as the Lord directed him. Again, not being mindful of his heart condition, Bro. Noel accompanied our Missions team on one of their grueling and rugged missions to the South American country of Guyana. He had as great an impact on the people of Guyana, as he did on the people of Pentecostal Tabernacle and whoever the Lord placed in his path. Like the Apostle Paul, Bro. Noel can say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” Well done Bro. Noel.
We Were Blessed To Share Your World Cairey:
This candle will always glow in honor of you and even though I can no longer see you with my eyes nor touch with my hands, I will always feel you in my heart. Until we meet again, Love Always Donna
My Other Half
(Garfield’s Thoughts) No one understands like we do The bond that exists between us two Together at birth and through life too There never was a me without you We loved, we laughed, just regular stuff Of each other we never could get enough You taught me strength, courage, and faith You were my example – always in a positive state Then the end came - there was no final goodbye No time to prepare me that this time you would die We came together - now you’ve gone ahead This is the moment that all my life I dread Your life will color the rest of my time here I will take example from you – to love and to care Your memory will live on in the music I play To follow your footsteps I will constantly pray Take your rest my brother, my other half, my twin We’ll always be one - I will carry you within
We Were Blessed To Share Your World Cairey, you were truly a big brother. I will always cherish the days you walked home from school with Deidra and me; man, did you walk fast! I knew if we didn’t keep up with you we couldn’t take the shortcut because that was your rule. Our morning trips to the beach, vacations together, and you chauffeuring us all around town… those were the days. Whenever we wanted to go out and mummy and daddy could not take us, we always knew we could count on you to take us and pick us up. I remember the day mummy told you that you should not be afraid to beat us if we gave you any trouble. :) That was funny. I can still hear you saying “Roni, look here, don’t let me get the belt and beat yuh.” Cairey, you were such a faithful and humble person. My heart broke the moment the nurse said you were gone. I miss you dearly, but I know you are with my Lailah watching over us. Bro, you have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, and you definitely kept the faith.
I love you!!! Roni I don’t know about tomorrow I just live from day to day And I don’t borrow from its sunshine For its skies may turn to gray And I don’t worry about my future For I know what Jesus said And today He walks beside me For He knows what lies ahead Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand But I, I know, I know, I know, who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand. Noel, God certainly held your hand from the moment you were conceived. I believe you knew and felt his presence and therefore there was nothing negative anyone could have said that would have brought your spirit down. There was no “time” any doctor could have given you on earth that you believed and accepted. In fact, you said when they give you two weeks God will give you another two weeks, then another two weeks, then another. Indeed, that is exactly what happened. I will always remember in your latter days you saying to everyone, “I am getting stronger every day” despite not being able to move around as quickly as you wanted to. I will also remember seeing and hearing of you praying for your family, friends, and doctors while you were in the hospital battling for your health (the irony of it makes me smile). You were a blessing to our family and your friends. You are the greatest fighter I have ever met and a wonderful example of a devoted Christian and teacher. You were a leader, a friend, and a wonderful brother. I will miss you dearly. I will miss your calm spirit. I will miss your advice on how to teach my students. I will miss your creative teaching methods and your will to share with me so I too can get the results you reaped from your students. God decided it was time and I am happy he strengthened you to take you home. You won your battle of life. Rest now and may the peace of God be with you, until we meet again. Love Always, your baby sister Deidra.
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Kindest, most gentle soul I have ever met. My condolences to Noel’s family… What a special man he was. He already belonged to heaven! Pat - April 13 at 10:46 AM Cairey was the most soft-spoken, patient, quiet, and happy person I ever met and I met him when he was not yet 10. Never have I seen him without a smile. He was unwavering, unmoved, and steadfast in his faith and love for God. Cairey was caring and enjoyed sharing his love and talent with anyone. He was an asset to every band, group, or friendship that he was a part of. Cairey was a miracle. On many occasions he proved man wrong and God right. Garfield may no longer have an earthly twin but from now on his personal guardian angel will be watching over him and the rest of the family. Sleep in the arms of the Lord, you have run a good race, fought a valiant fight now enter into his bosom where you will find rest. Love Always - Music student & family friend Marvet Wint April 12 at 05:32 PM Noel you have truly touched many lives with your gift. Seeing the many lives you have impressed through music is absolutely phenomenal. I can’t stop reflecting on the days of the Kings Chapel ensemble which was your vision. Sleep on my brother. Dwayne Parsons - April 11 at 06:03 PM Through your leadership my brother Kelvin found something he was very passionate about - his love for blowing the trumpet. All he ever wanted was to listen to everything that Phil Driscoll composed and to play in a symphony orchestra. I watched as Kelvin became a part of your family. Today when I hear him play, I thank God for your inspiration. You have touched the lives of many. I am thankful for the many years I was privileged to work with you in the “Music Department” of King’s Chapel UPCIJ. You walked by faith and not by sight. Deborah Whyte - April 10 at 07:03 PM “I am home in Heaven, dear loved ones; oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light.” “All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, safely home in Heaven at last.” With Love, from Aunt Del, Nicky & Family, Robert & Family, Veronica & Family. Kerry Lynch – April 22, 7:30 p.m. “A life that has made a difference in so many other lives will be well remembered. A soul that has lifted up other souls and encouraged the climb will be well honored. A person who turned the spirit of God’s love into living action will be well revered.” Love Uncle Bobby
David Robinson 16 hrs • A genuine friend and a true example of a Christian - you left a legacy of how an orchestra can truly glorify God in the spirit. You were a fighter from the beginning but God’s timing is always right. I am sorrowful in heart at this time because of this flesh but our hope is secure and sure - you are safe in the arms of Jesus. A Christian soldier who will always be remembered… Debbie Gee 18 hrs • Edited • He was a kind and gentle soul.......always looking for the good in others, never uttering an unkind word or directing an unkind act towards another person. He was patient, loving, and compassionate. He dedicated his life to God and lived in His image. His commitment to God and the Church was unquestionable. You have been called home my dear, sweet Noel…your Father was ready for you to continue your service in heaven. We will all miss your gentle spirit. Rest in peace sweet angel. Tanisha Archer-Parkes 21 hrs • My Band Leader...a man of a great God! Left an indelible impact on my life and the lives of others, the Kings Chapel Band and more!!. Heaven is rejoicing today and one day we’ll meet again in Glory!! Rest well in Jesus’ arms Bro Noel Lawrence. Corey Anthony Maylor 21 hrs • Noel you will be missed, Rest in Peace my brother. I know without a shadow of a doubt that we will see each other again up there where God dwells. It’s not a sad day for me because I know that you are in a better place. In fact, I am happy for you Bro. because God called you away simply because you have kept the faith. Thanks for impacting lives in a humble way. Ruth Naomi Mitchell 22 hrs • Edited • Words cannot express how I felt when I found out that my brother in Christ left us. Brother Noel, you are a man of God; it’s as simple as that. Hands down, you are a humble man, you were so calm and respectable. Your spot in the front of the band will be missed. I remember the weddings you played at, everything you did for God has been true and sincere. Take your rest in Jesus name. Kirby Desmond Trim April 7 at 11:33pm • Bro. Noel it was a blessing to know you. We will all miss you a lot! It’s really hard dealing with the news of your passing, but our God knows best. You maintained a strong faith in our Lord Jesus. I watched you live for God!!!! I believe in my heart that there is a crown for you in heaven which our Lord, the righteous judge has promised. Your life has inspired me to hold fast the profession of faith without wavering. I’m excited in the hope we have in Christ for eternity, but I’m here typing with tears running down my face. We miss you. Leopold Whylie Noel was not just a man; he was an awesome man of God. He provided an amazing platform to wit many young boys could begin the transition to young men. A quiet warrior and giant, Noel did not just teach us how to play our individual instruments, but he taught us how to minister musically. We saw and felt the tremendous anointing that was upon his life as he led so many of us to change. He opened the doors of his home to so many of us and the fellowship we enjoyed with he and his family were second to none.
Pallbearers Church to Hearse Kirby Trim Floyd Patterson Troy Sinclair Omar Thomas
Robert Haye Leopold Wiley Richard King Corey Maylor
Hearse to Grave Brian McHayle Dave McLaughlin Leo Daley Jason Smith
Errol Walker Robert Barr Alex Clarke Oâ€™Brian McHayle
Acknowledgements If you thought about Noel “Cairey” during his illness, but could not find time to visit, we thank you for your thoughtfulness. If you were concerned about his health and could only wish him well, we thank you for your concern. If you made him smile just once per day, we thank you for the moment of happiness. If you sent a card, flowers, food, or other gifts of love, we thank you for your kind gestures. If you remembered to telephone or asked about our welfare, we thank you for your inquires. If you bowed to ask God’s blessings for us, we thank you for your prayers. We express thanks and gratitude for services rendered, and acts of kindness during this time of sorrow. We ask God’s blessings to be with you always.
The Lawrence Family Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens 2401 SW 64th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317 Professional services entrusted to:
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A Message From Noel Excerpts from Noel’s chronicles – In My World… Although I did not realize it in the beginning, God had a plan for my life. Somehow, it seemed as if everything that happened to me was normal and as it should be. For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) I am sure this is true for everyone - if you think of it, you can probably name a few things in your life which seems to affect you badly. If allowed, they could color your life in a negative way. However, if you look on the good in your life, you don’t have enough fingers to count the many delightful things… Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalms 37:4) I thank God for planning my life and placing the correct people at the right time and place, so that I found a way to serve Him and make a contribution to His kingdom and to others. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it”. Annonymous