Lawrence Denoh-Beh Grear, Sr.
Grear and Yuoh families announce with great sadness, the passing
of Dr. Lawrence Denoh-Beh Grear, Sr. Dr. Grear went to be
with the Lord on Monday, May 19, 2014 in Langston, OK. Joe,
as he was affectionately called, was born September 16, 1948
to Samuel D. Grear and Sayder Esther in Gleplay Town, Grand
Gedeh, Liberia. He was the eldest of nine children.
Joe's father valued education but because of a lack of educational
resources in the village, he allowed his son to be adopted
by Mr. A.K. Yuoh and his wife, Mrs. Agnes Yancy Yuoh.
Dr. Grear graduated from William V.S. Tubman High School and
from the University of Liberia with a B.A. in Sociology and
Anthropology. He traveled to Texas in 1976 and later earned
a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and Community Development
from Texas Southern University. In 1987, he received the Ph.D.
in Sociology and Demography from the University of Texas at
Austin. His dissertation was An Evaluation of the Adequacy
of the Census Data in Liberia.
is survived by: his wife, Julia Cooper Grear. Children: Andrew
Isaac (Joanna), Ann Marie Isaac Tsewole (Roosevelt), Lawrence
Denoh-Beh Grear, Jr., Junisa Grear (Lorraine), Christopher
Grear, Julian Grear, and Chukuma Belle. Grandchildren: Grace
Dehconti Grear, Samuel Junisa Grear, Mutale Marie Isaac, Kelfalah
Michael Isaac, Elliana Christina Parker, Easmond H. Tsewole,
Ngangneh B. Tsewole, and Bernice H. Tsewole.
Biological sisters: Nyeneplue Annie Grear, Denoh "Dee"
Grear, Joyce Grear, and Sophie Grear. Biological brothers:
Sekoue James Grear and Prince Grear. Extended sisters: Cecelia
Jones, Dr. Dwedor Morais Ford, Gbai Yuoh Gutknecht, Sie-A-Nyene
Yuoh, Wani Yuoh Hinton, Watchen Yuoh, Maromini Yuoh-Smith,
Natu Yuoh Strathy, Monu Yuoh Toe, Maimah Yuoh Teamah, and
Mercy Yuoh. Extended brothers: Wellington Jones, Blyden Yuoh,
Hne Yuoh, Wesseh Yuoh, Gbobi Yuoh, Kekula Kaikai, and Pache
Sie-Dio (Cha Cha Morgan).
Uncles, aunts-especially, Frances Grear (auntie), nieces,
nephews, and a host of other relatives; several close friends
including Rev. Magnus Scott, Rev. Blaise "Bill"
Bah, and Dr. Jean Bell Manning (Grandma).
Celebrations-Oklahoma and Texas
Thursday June 5, 2014
The Langston University Tribute 11:00 a.m.
African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
119 Washington St.
Liberian Association of Oklahoma Tribute 7:00 p.m.
2620 NW 113th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
June 6, 2014
Wake Service 6 p.m.
Wake-Keeping Tributes 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
June 7, 2014
Funeral Service 10:00 a.m.
Burial Service 12:30 p.m.
& Funeral Location
Cook - Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home
14501 North Interstate 35
Cook - Walden Capital Parks Cemetery
14501 North Interstate 35
Official Hotel for Rooms and Events
Howard Johnson Hotel (Reservation code: Lawrence D. Grear)
7800 North IH-5800
Phone (512) 837-5800
Denoh-Beh 'Denoh' Grear, Jr. * Son (774) 437-8507
Sekou James Vincent * Brother (512) 775-1623
Annie 'Plue' Crayton * Sister (512) 773-8125
Dee Grear * Sister (678) 538-5061
Wani Yuoh* Sister (214) 329-2573