Lawrence Ernest Gunn Jr.

December 21, 1957 ~ July 13, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old


Lawrence Ernest “Butch” Gunn, Jr., was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 21, 1957, to Joyce Ellen Gunn and Lawrence Ernest Gunn, Sr. He attended elementary school, attended high school at Tech High in his home state of Nebraska. 

He moved to Portland Oregon, where he met the love of his life Tamara Gunn,whom he married in 2002. Lawrence leaves to cherish his memory. Wife: Tamara Gunn, Sons: LaVelle Giles, Matthew Mayers, Anthony Chocolate. Daughters: LaTasha Guy, Dorothy Gunn, Sylvia Gunn, Keziah Gunn. He adored spending time with his children and grandchildren. 12 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. His Brothers: James Cole Sr, Quintin Gunn Sr, Stevie Gunn, and LaDell Thornton Sisters: Patricia Gunn, Lisa Gray-Gunn, Kelly Gunn-Roddy, Niki Gunn-Abdulai. And many Aunts - Uncles, and Cousins who were like siblings and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his Mother: Joyce Ellen Crocker Gunn, and Father: Lawrence Ernest Gunn, Sr., and Sons Dewande R. Morrison and Micheal R. Hawes.

Lawrence loved cooking, cutting hair, listening to gospel and jazz music, watching sports, especially boxing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed playing spades and dominoes. His competitive side really showed when he would start losing, he would talk smack, fling his cards on the table, sabotaging the game by mixing up the deck of cards. Lawrence's sense of style was beyond compare, impeccable. He was very particular about what he wore. Jeans had to be pressed and shoes shined, he had a love for suits, hats, and Stacey Adams shoes. 

Lawrence loved hard and when he said that he loved you, you felt it and knew that he was being genuine. If he knew someone needed help, he would be right there to help. He didn’t sugarcoat his words and was a straight shooter. What you saw is what you got. Lawrence was a walking Testimonial. In his later life he became a true man of God. He always had a story to tell, but the stories that he would tell would be about his life experiences. Both good and bad. Lawrence told his stories to encourage others and tell them about God. He often discussed the Bible with his family. Lawrence joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on December 31, 2000.


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Public Viewing
July 31, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home
2337 N. Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Celebration of Life
August 1, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
8101 N Fiske Ave.
Portland, OR 97203


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