(SAVANNAH) Family, friends, loved ones, and a huge law enforcement community presence is expected to attend the funeral for Chatham County Sheriff, Al St. Lawrence. Services will be held in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on East Harris Street in downtown Savannah. St Lawrence, 81, died Nov. 24 in his home after a battle with cancer. This was his 23rd year in office.
St. Lawrence served in law enforcement in the Coastal Empire for six decades. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in 1966, ten years after being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. St. Lawrence became a Chatham County police patrolman on march 15, 1959 and ascended through ranks until he was appointed Chief of Police in August of 1971 and eventually was elected as sheriff in Chatham County in May, 1992. St. Lawrence would be re-elected four times, including most recently in 2012.
The late sheriff’s funeral will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Savannah. The Rev. Patrick O’Brien, chaplain of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, will officiate. St. Lawrence will be laid to rest in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery, following the service. There are some road closures to accommodate the large funeral procession that’s expected. Parking will not be allowed on Abercorn Street between Gordon and Liberty Streets, the same on Lincoln Street between Gordon and Liberty. Roads will be closed to drivers beginning at 11 a-m. Law enforcement officers will be blocking traffic at intersections on Liberty and Wheaton Streets, Skidaway Road and Bonaventure road.
Sheriff St. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Pat; six children, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The St. Lawrence family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281.