CAROL ANN (HAINES) PORTER LAWRENCE , 75
Carol Ann (Haines) Porter Lawrence, 75 of Zanesville, went home to be with her “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 3:45pm.
She was born on November 1, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Harlan E. Haines and Jessie Mae (Kitchen) Haines. Carol moved to Zanesville at age 13 and graduated from Hopewell High School in 1955. She was the secretary for the Hupp Wilbert Vault Co. for 32 years until her retirement in 2003. She served the Lord with music throughout her lifetime. She directed Sweet Adeline Barbershop Choruses in Cambridge, Newark and Zanesville. Carol was not only a co-founder, but also the first director of the Friendship VII Chapter of Sweet Adelines in New Concord until 1990. During that time, Carol both scripted and directed annual shows in Zanesville, and Cambridge. Carol sang bass in two quartets, the Sunny Chords and the Feminaires. She also coached various quartets in both Sweet Adelines and the men's barbershop society (SPEBSQA). Carol served as Regent over a four state area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee) including 2 terms on the International Board of Directors for Sweet Adelines International, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As she enjoyed making people laugh she also emceed many regional Quartet & Chorus Competitions in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY. While a Sweet Adeline, Carol joined with Eldon Hudson and Jan Kunkle of the local "American Cancer Society" and started the "Singing Valentines" and all the proceeds raised went to Genesis Hospice. This project continues still today. Carol’s involvement in music to glorify God began as the choir director at First United Methodist Church and later at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church where she formed and sang in the ladies ensemble "Hearts for Worship" with 7 other Sisters-In-Christ including her niece, and formed and coached her favorite men’s ensemble, "The Plainsmen". Carol also traveled a tri-state area (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) singing bass with the Gospel Quartet "Joyful Witness". Carol loved her family, friends and her church music glorified God and blessed people who listened to it.
Carol is survived by a brother David Fox, a niece Amy (Rod) McDaniel, great niece Megan (Christopher) Lake, great nephew Josh McDaniel, brother-in-law Ray Blackstone, great-great niece Chloe Lee Lake; and other relatives in the Dayton Area. In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by a beloved sister, Sandy Blackstone, a half-brother Harlan Haines, Jr.; two half-sisters, Virginia Smith and Ruth Moffett; and former husband Ralph Rolland Porter.
No public visitation will be observed and a musical memorial service will be held at 7pm Saturday, Sept 21st at the Rolling Plains United Methodist Church with Pastor John Alice officiating. Private Burial will take place at the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Military Rd. Memorial contributions can be made to Genesis Hospice & Palliative Care, 713 Forest Ave., Zanesville. Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Carol’s family please visit www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com.