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Roger Lawyer

December 9, 1945 August 25, 2021
Roger Lawyer
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Roger Lawyer was born on December 9, 1945 in Albany, New York to the union of John and Sara (Turnage) Lawyer. He was the fourth child of eight. Roger was raised in the church by his grandmother Evangelist Leona Turnage. He gave his life to the Lord at an early age and was baptized at the Dayspring Baptist Church where he was known for his evangelistic teaching and gift of speaking. As an adult, he remained faithful in church attendance, and continued to stand for Christ.

Roger attended school in the Albany, New York Public School System. He graduated from Albany High School. After graduation, he matriculated to Central Michigan University where he graduated with a degree in business. During his school years, he utilized his gift of singing and was a member of a group called the “New Tones.” Following college, Roger served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War from July 24, 1972 thru April 5,1974 where he was honorably discharged.

Roger worked for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals for a number of years before forming his own company, Supreme Marketing – servicing health care needs in the greater Detroit Region. He continued to operate his business until health issues prevented him from doing so.

After a long battle with cancer, Roger Lawyer answered the Lord’s call on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the John Dingell VA Hospital in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 75. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sara Lawyer and brothers, John “Jackie” Lawyer, Allen Lawyer, and Dennis Lawyer.

He leaves to continue his legacy, his children, Shayla (Clifton) Ervin of Fishers, IN and John Francis Marion Lawyer of Detroit, MI; his brothers, Gary Dean (Angela) Lawyer of CA and Kevin Marc (Michelle) Lawyer of DC; his sisters, Barbara Boone of MI and Linda Jean (Robert) Stephens of Milwaukee, WI; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A committal service with military honors will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 10am. Please arrive by 9:50am.

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it (perfection in Christ ), but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."
Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

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