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Lawrence E. Lyford, 79, died on July 21, 2010 at the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, after a lengthy illness.

He was born on May 16, 1931 in Exeter and was the son of the late Sidney and Dora (Robinson) Lyford. He graduated from Exeter High School and served for three years in the United States Army. He worked all his life on the family farm in Brentwood and in the woods as a logger.

Lawrence was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Brentwood where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was also the Director of the New Hampshire Farm Museum; President of the Brentwood Historical Society; Chairman of Brentwood Cemetery Committee; Vice President of the Fremont Old Meeting House; and a lifelong member of 4-H Groups in Brentwood.

Lawrence loved the outdoors and was very active in many local forestry organizations. In 1973, he was named “Logger of the Year” in New England by the Northern Logger Association. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the Urban Forestry Center; Chairman for the Rockingham County Forestry Advisory Board; member of the American Tree Farm System since 1962 with NH Tree Farm #339; President of NH Timberland Association; and President of Rockingham County Woodland Owners.

A loving and caring husband, Lawrence was a true “Pillar of the Community” who was known by all to be honest, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. He enjoyed working outside and tending to his luscious vegetable garden.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Arlene (Jones) Lyford who died in 1996, and also his stepmother Lila (Lamb) Lyford, and brother, Sidney Lyford.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Ethel May “Dolly” (Beauchamp) Lyford of Brentwood; two brothers, David Lyford of Green, NY and Winston Lyford of Cranston, RI; his sister Muriel Donahue of Scituate, MA; his sister in law Sheila Lyford; many nieces and nephews including Roy and wife Christine Jones of Walpole, MA; and many special friends including Dan Musso, Jerome and Maureen Lyons, and Amy Kennard, all of Brentwood.

Funeral Services were held on July 27 at the First Baptist Church of Brentwood, 201 North Road in Brentwood followed by burial in the Sleeper Cemetery in Fremont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the First Baptist Church of Brentwood, 201 North Rd., Brentwood, NH 03833. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 28, 2010
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