Lawrence Shivers

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Lawrence Shivers was born on October 24, 1939, in Bainbridge, Georgia to the late George and Bennie Shivers. He was the oldest of three siblings and the families only surviving son. His sister, Bettie Jane Frazier, preceded him in death.

His mother strongly encouraged education. Lawrence received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Valley State College in Georgia, Master’s Degree from Vander Cook College of Music, and a Master of Education from the University of Michigan.

Lawrence began his career as an educator in Illinois where he met Portia Dobyne. They were united in holy matrimony on August 15, 1965. They were the proud, happy parents of twins: Christopher and Patrick. They later relocated to Detroit, where he taught band in the Detroit Public Schools District. He found great joy and inspiration in music. After more than 37 years of teaching, he retired but continued his love of music by playing his trumpet and performing in bands throughout the community. He also loved nature and fishing was his greatest past time. He enjoyed spending time with his friends on the boat cruising the lakes and rivers of Detroit.

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Lawrence was a quiet man of few words. He had a gentle nature and loved his parents and his family. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Oak Grove AME Church and later became a faithful member of Outer Drive Faith Lutheran Church.

Lawrence made his transition on October 31, 2022. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Portia Shivers; his sons Christopher Bernard Shivers and Patrick Bernard Shivers; one granddaughter, Marisa Kelli Shivers; one great granddaughter, Jordyn Ann Harris; one great grandson, Ashton Saint Elliott Bulford; one sister, Alice Lewis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Lawrence L. Shivers Funeral Arrangements

Barksdale Funeral Home

1120 E. State Fair

Detroit, MI 48203



Friday, November 11



Saturday, November 12


Family Hour, 10:30am

Funeral Procession to

Woodlawn Cemetery