We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McKoy & Sons Mortuary
Olujide Akorede Afeez Lawal, Jr. 30, passed away on September 19, 2022.
Visitation/Viewing will be before the celebration at 10:00am.
Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 am Monday, September 26, 2022 at The Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Burial will be held at Pinelawns
Memorial Park, 1105 W. Morganton Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Repast will follow at 2pm at Pinehurst No.9 Country Club from 2pm-5pm.
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Olujide (Jide) Akorede Afeez Lawal "Jnr" was born in Passaic General Hospital in Passaic, NJ on January 4, 1992 to Drs. Olujide and Ganiat Lawal. He passed away on Monday, September 19th ,2022 in Columbia, SC.
Jide was vibrant and full of life, and gregarious, with a smile and personality that lights up the room. He was the life of the party. His family joked that Jide literally knows someone in every zip code.
He attended Canandaigua Primary School in Canandaigua, NY and Victor Primary School in Victor, NY. The family then relocated to North Carolina in 2000. He attended The O'Neal School, West Pine Middle School and Pinecrest High School. He was a running back for the West Pine football team, a track star and shooting guard for O'Neal School. He hated to lose so much that he doubled up in pain every time the basketball team lost. He was on the Junior Beta club, the Academically Gifted program (AIG) in Middle School and on the National Honor Society in high School. He also served as the President of the SGA at O'Neal in his senior year.
After graduating from O'Neal School in 2010, he went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Emory University in 2014. While at Emory, he joined the Pi Delta Delta chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity in spring of 2012 and was on the track team from 2010-2012. He also participated in canvassing for Obama for America in 2012 where he registered people to vote in Charlotte, NC. He was the President of the Emory Chapter of the National PanHellenic Council from 2013-14.
He worked in several sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical device sales, marketing and Executive HR recruiting firm before enrolling at the University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, SC in 2021. He has always been passionate about justice as early as the 3rd grade. This drove his ambition to become a lawyer. He recently completed a summer internship at Johnson, Toal & Battiste, PA Law Firm in Columbia, SC, where he had an exceptional professional experience and was looking forward to joining the firm upon graduation.
He enjoyed working out and was passionate about sports especially Basketball (his favorite NBA player is Lebron James). His favorite football team is the Carolina Panthers. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed coming home to his mom's delicious Nigerian cooking. His favorite Nigerian food was Jollof Rice, Dodo and Stew. His favorite sayings are "My name Bennett and I ain't in it", "It's a no from me dawg". His favorite yoruba saying was ' E se gaan ni' which means thank you very much. He was loved dearly and would forever be missed. He is survived by his dear parents, his younger brother, Tomi, his girlfriend of 4 years, Jessica, several beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, godparents, godbrothers and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, paternal grandfather, and his uncle.
Akanni eedu omo baale Igbonna
Omo Abaja opapo, omo igbonna
gbonnaa gbonnaa uree, omo aladoodo yogogo
omo oju buni oju enulo.
Omo olumiinin looke agbeni
Sun re ooo
The Lawal family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your condolences and sympathy during this difficult time. We have certainly felt your thoughts, and prayers and for this we are forever grateful.
We wish everyone a safe journey back to your various destinations.
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Location and address of The Village Chapel http://goo.gl/maps/siCAdxcZjJ4ypYUp8
Bereavement rate $103/night
location: 10024 US 15/501 Pinehurst, NC 28374
phone number: 9106950234
Bereavement rate $159/night
location: 205 Columbus Dr. Aberdeen, NC 28315
phone number: 9102465080
Bereavement rate $92/night
location: 9801 US 15/501 Pinehurst, NC 28374
phone number: 9102155500
Airport information: Raleigh-Durham International Airport http://www.rdu.com/
In lieu of flowers: The Innocence Project http://innocenceproject.org/donate/
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