Remembering a dear friend

January 16, 2014

I hope this is worthy of your newspaper. It’s about a friend and classmate, Lorraine Lesane Lawrence, who I knew from 1945 at just 5 years old until her demise on Dec. 13, 2013.

Since her passing, I can’t get her out of my mind. She was such a remarkable person who wouldn’t veer from her faith. She never sought any fanfare for what she did. She never beat her own drum about how religious she was. She “walked the walk.”

I marvel at the lessons I learned from her. With her smile and low-key voice, it was easy to understand her wisdom.

I think her greatest was, “Condemn the sin, not the sinner” — not to try and do God’s job. She knew her job and didn’t hesitate in doing it.

Our world would be a much better place of we followed her lead: See the person in the mirror before laying blame.

Talking to many others who knew her, black and white, it makes me proud to have known her and be able to call Lorraine my friend.

I will always miss her and attempt to use her wisdom to instruct others. I thank my dear friend and classmate of 1958.

Booker T. Cotton