Lou was also preceded in death by two daughters, Belva Jean Hicks and Sarah Helms, two brothers, John Cunningham and William “Dick” Cunningham, and by three sisters, Ruby Lee Bankson, Gladys Schakel, and Opal Ragland.
The child of a railroad man, he received his early education in many different places, due to his family’s frequent moves up and down the railroad line.
She is survived by three sons, Tommy Ainsworth (Charlotte) of Malvern, Jim R.
Ainsworth (Ann) of Houston, Texas, and Richard Neff (Carolyn) of Royal, Arkansas; a brother, James R.
Lawrence was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Alderman, and two granddaughters, Ansley and Adley Alderman. These include the Air Medal and four Bronze Battle Stars.
A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon, May 6, 2016 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, with Reverend Michael Mattox officiating. Lawrence’s ashes will be interred in the church’s columbarium. His bomb group received two Presidential Unit Citations.