August 19, 1970 ~ March 7, 2019

Born in: Long Beach, CA
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Lawrence H. Lightner began his journey of life on August 19, 1970.  He was delivered into the loving arms of his parents, Leslie H. Lightner and the late Annie M. Lightner, in Long Beach California.  He grew up with two siblings, Leslie II and Faye Ann.

The family moved from Long Beach, California to Denver, Colorado when Lawrence was three months old.  Lawrence was educated in the Denver Public School System, beginning at Stedman Elementary and graduating from George Washington High School in 1989.

Brother Leslie remembers that when Lawrence was young, he wanted to play football.  During the first practice session with the Falcon Little League Team, Lawrence got hit pretty hard. That hit resulted in the shortest football career ever.

Sister Faye fondly remembers that when they were children they would go to the store for candy, Lawrence would turn on the charm, bat his beautiful eyes at the lady and he would get his candy free. All the other kids had to pay.

Lawrence met and fell in love with Raynette Richardson.  They married in 2007 and to this union three children were born, LaSean, Lawrence and Destyni.  Lawrence was very proud father who taught his children to be strong, independent and resilient. .He enjoyed spending valuable time with them. “The children loved wrestling and playing with dad.  All of the tummy tickles in which he claimed he stole our alligator. They loved the many cooking lessons and the funny names he gave the food.  Their favorite “Scooby Snacks” (ground beef and potatoes)”.

At an early age, Lawrence took an interest in cooking.  He would hover around his mother and grandmother helping and learning how to assemble their delicious recipes.  His culinary curiosity paid off.  He pursued his passion and graduated from Culinary Arts School.  He worked as a Chef in Atlanta, GA and a variety of restaurants throughout Denver, Colorado.  No matter what the dish, Lawrence’s secret ingredient was always “Love”.

Lawrence accepted Christ at an early age. He joined and was baptized at Shorter A.M.E. Church. He recently started attending Restoration Christian Fellowship Church with Lisa Galloway.  God, family and friends were Lawrence’s priority.  He never met a stranger. Generosity, kindness, and friendship represent the man that Lawrence was as a husband, father, son, brother and friend.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Lawrence completed his earthly journey of life.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Annie M. Lightner, maternal grandmother, Sadie Conley and paternal grandparents, Leslie H. and Addye V. Lightner.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Raynette, his children, LeShan, Lawrence and Destyni; father, Leslie H. Lightner (Anita); brother Leslie H. Lightner II (Joel), Denver Colorado; sister, Faye Ann Lightner, Mountain View, CA, aunt, Lovie Allen, Denver, Colorado; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and an infinite number of friends.


Memorial Service: March 16, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Reception: March 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

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  1. I would like to offer my deepest condolences2 his children,brother& everyone he hold deep.My heart is so lighting this candle for the love strength &memories we will always have.You maybe gone in body but your spirit will always Lawrence&i love you to🌷💜💋🎈🎈🎈

  2. Our heart was sadden when we got the news our deepest sympathy, Rest In Peace our cousin, nephew. May God be with you and the entire family (Uncle Leslie, Little Leslie, Faye Ann and Kids) We Love you all from The Hill Family and The Nelson Family. John 14 : 1-3 and Ecclesiastes 3 : 1-8. God Bless You All.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the family, May God wrap his loving arms around you in your time of sorrow. Lawrence will be missed.
    God Bless You All.

    The Carter’s from Clermont St-Bobby Joe, Tyianna, Jackie, Kenny, Shantay

  4. Our deepest sympathy to the family, May God wrap his loving arms around you & keep you all. Lawrence will be missed.
    May God Bless You All.

    The Carter’s that lived on Clermont St.
    Bobby Joe, Tyianna, Jackie, Kenny, Shantay

  5. Lawrence may you rest in prefect peace…You will be Truly Missed… BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN…I’m definitely going to miss are back and forth text messages…Also running into you at D.I.A my Friend…To his family sorry for loss and you all are in my thoughts and prayers…

  6. Lawrence I will love you to the end! My Best Friend! Thank you for sharing the best part of your heart with me. Thank you for showing me the man you always wanted to be. You’ll always hold a special place in my life and in my heart. I’ll always be there for you and yours! Rest in heaven my dear friend, until we meet again, but not yet.

  7. You have been there for us our while lives and watched us grow up, I’m very thankful for all the laughs and good times that we all shared. Thank you for always being a great figure in our lives and making my mom smile. Rest in Peace <3

  8. No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    From the family of Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ.
    Pastor Terrance and First Lady Natalie Hill (Nelson)

  9. Lawrence,
    From the day I met you, you always had positive influence on on my life. You came to my high school graduation. You were my 1st employee of my business. You always cheered me on to be successful. I will always thank you for checking up on me and seeing how I am doing. I miss you old friend. I will miss you dearly. Thank you so much for all you’ve helped me accomplish.
    Eric H

  10. My condolences to you all for the loss of your loved one Lawrence.
    May these scriptures bring you all a measure of comfort and hope during this time.

    Revelation 21: 3, 4
    With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

  11. I would like to say I miss you and you was my big cousin and you looked after me when I needed someone there for me and you going to be very missed And I love you and will always love you look over me and my boys You have fun in heaven gates because you was always a good spirit when you was a live

  12. I want to say you going to be Miss big cuzzo I love you my life would never be the same you always had my back and you always checked up on me and looked after me this is unreal you have fun up in the heaven gates because you was always a good person and lovable person look over me and the boys you Always be in my heart tell everybody In heaven I said hi and love them and miss them so much

  13. God Bless you family.
    My brother and I were old freinds with Lawrence from Elementary -High School.
    My deepest condolences to the family.
    The Porter Family – Keeping you all in prayer. – Rhonda, Rochelle, Russell and Reggie Porter.
    Bless you all
    Park Hill for life.

  14. Rest I’m Peace young brother my heart and prayers go out to the entire family, Since you all have lost one we have all lost one.

  15. God bless, we will miss you. To the Lightner family pace be still Lawrence is in God’s hands now.

    Love you all,

    TH Mack, Sr. (Tyrone) and family

  16. Dearest Uncle Leslie,
    I hate I couldn’t get out of Atlanta to be with you and the family for Lawrence’s homegoing. You and everyone are in my prayers as my commitment to BLACK LIFE MATTERS is even more intensified. Peace and Blessings. Rachel, Curtis and I will get out there soon.

  17. Aww man! Lawrence, I didnt know of your passing. May God bring peace to your wife and children! Save a dance for me in Heaven! RIL my friend. Peace and blessing to your family

  18. Iam so sorry. I had no idea until now that you have left. My you rest in peace l will miss ur smile. I know you and ur mother are having a great time together.😍

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