UPDATED — Erik Tee Remembers Lawrence “Gumbo” Morrow and Runs His Last Interview With Him [AUDIO, PHOTOS]
Updated information on the Homegoing Services for Lawrence "Gumbo" Morrow: For those of you wanting to show your respects, there will be three opportunities to do so. There will be two viewings at Fondel Funeral Home 832 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, La 70601. The first will be on Friday (5/17) from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The homegoing services will be on Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary 2301 Opelousas St. in Lake Charles. There is also a fund set up in honor of Lawrence "Gumbo" Morrow at Capital One Bank where you can make a donation to this institution only. The account number is #208-1915-108. Thanks for you all of your prayers for the Morrow family.
When I first heard the news of the passing of Lawrence Morrow, it really took me back a little. I had just spoken with him about two weeks ago and he was in the process of putting together a great show with artist Bigg Robb here in Lake Charles. As a matter of fact, he had just dropped off some flyers and other related material on last week. Unfortunately I was in a meeting and didn't get the chance to see him. I wanted to take the time to reflect on my memories of Lawrence Gumbo Morrow, below I have also included my last on air interview with him as well.
When I first moved to Lake Charles in 2001, Lawrence was one of the first people to come my way. He extended a welcoming hand and really gave me alot of insight on things here in Lake Charles. As a matter of fact, I remember like yesterday when my wife was having car trouble and I was unable to get to her, he offered to pick her and my son up from work. Lawrence always had knowledge and was not content with just being an editor and creator of Gumbeaux Magazine. He was destined to be so much bigger and greater and you can best believe that happened. He started an online radio station, was behind alot of peoples successes in the city and gave us the annual Crawfish Festival every year. This brought great talent and food from the city as well as outside the city. I had the pleasure of having my last interview with Lawrence in April of 2012 where we talked about last years Crawfish Festival and if you have the chance to listen, you'll hear why he was such a cool and funny person to be around.
He was truly someone that I could reach out to and talk to about music, business and if I had to simply get advice. He offered me the chance to come fishing with him and I never got the opportunity to do so. I really hate I missed that, although I did get to hang with him, laugh with him and feel that I can call him a friend. I would like to send out my condolences to his family who I know he loved deeply and really talked about them alot. He will be missed, but all you have to do is look around and I am sure there is something that was created because of him or someone who was helped because of him. R.I.P Lawrence "Gumbo" Morrow, you will truly never be forgotten, hope to see you again!
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