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Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Larry Ray Avery

2 April, 195121 January, 2020
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Charlotte - Larry Avery, 68, passed away after a brief illness on January 21, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1951 in Kinston, NC, a son of Joyce Hardy Avery and the late Charles Avery.

Larry Avery was an accomplished high school athlete, playing and excelling in four sports. He eventually used these talents to go on and play football and baseball at both Elon and East Carolina University. After graduating college with his bachelor's degree, Larry eventually found his way into the food business, a career that would span his lifetime. Larry, after spending time in Kinston and Raleigh, NC, eventually found his way to Charlotte, NC where he would remain for the next 27 years of his life with his wife Patty.

Larry had many passions in his life, first and foremost his family and children, Heather and Michael. He enjoyed sports immensely and would go on to be known by ones around Charlotte as Coach Avery for his contributions to coaching baseball and basketball.

He loved to be travelling and playing golf, especially with lifelong golfing partner, his brother Chris. He loved a well-cooked steak and a crisp red wine, and he loved having those with his sister Joy and his mother Joyce on his frequent trips to Kinston.

More than anything, Larry enjoyed sharing experiences with those he loved. He loved being a part of other people’s journey and helping them on their way. While an accomplished businessman, a wine connoisseur, an excellent golfer and a jazz aficionado, he would tell you his greatest accomplishments were being a wonderful friend, an amazing father and a loving husband.

Larry will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife Patty, the love of his life; his daughter Heather and her two children, Avery and Haley; his son Michael and his wife Lindsey; his brother Chris and his wife LeAnne; his sister Joy; his mother Joyce; and his mother-in-law Clara.

The service to celebrate and honor the life of Larry Avery will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1 in the Chapel of Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service at their residence.

In lieu of flowers, please play a round of golf or have a nice bottle of wine for Larry, the true way he would want to be celebrated.

Services

  • Service to Celebrate and Honor Larry's Life Saturday, 1 February , 2020

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Henry Croom

14 February 2020

Shocked and saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a fantastic childhood friend. I was lucky to grow up in the same community. Larry’s father, “Mr. Charles” gave so much of his time and effort coaching baseball to the neighborhood boys. I also recall that Larry, like his Dad was quite a singer in church. As others have noted, Larry was an incredibly gifted, hardworking, and accomplished athlete.
My deepest and most sincere condolences to all of his wonderful family. Miss Joyce, Joy, and Chris,....I am so sorry.

Julia Mensing

2 February 2020

Growing up in California, my siblings and I didn't have the benefit of knowing our cousins as well as we would have liked. I believe in my heart we made the best of it, and felt blessed to have a link to what our Grandmother, "Miss Lena" would have referred to as our roots. It saddens us deeply that Larry was called home way too soon. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family as they mourn this loss. May Larry experience many holes-in-one on a golf course in the heavens, and celebrate his glorious win with a fine, red wine. This isn't goodbye, it's simply until we meet again.

With love - Julia, Edy, Debra and Aunt Gaynelle

Julia Mensing

2 February 2020

Growing up in California, my siblings and I didn't have the benefit of knowing our cousins as well as we would have liked. I believe in my heart we made the best of it, and felt blessed to have a link to what our Grandmother, "Miss Lena" would have referred to as our roots. It saddens us deeply that Larry was called home way too soon. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family as they mourn this loss. May Larry experience many holes-in-one on a golf course in the heavens, and celebrate his glorious win with a fine, red wine. This isn't goodbye, it's simply until we meet again.

With love - Julia, Edy, Debra and Aunt Gaynelle

Bob and Jan Hudson

29 January 2020

Larry Avery was such a great guy. Jan and I are sorry to hear of his untimely death. He and I played golf together well over 35 years. We traveled together and enjoyed him and Patty so much. He was kind and generous to everyone he met. Sending prayers and hugs to Patty, Michael ,and Heather as well as his entire family. Till we meet again buddy! Bob





Donna Taylor

25 January 2020

Dear Ms Joyce, Joy, Chris and Larry's family, so many memories from Sandy Bottom, growing up together. I can still see us all sitting on the back pew in the Church on Sundays, and all the games we attended at South Lenoir. Larry took us to championships and now he is a champion with our God. We were so blessed to have each other. God's peace, love and strength is my prayer for you as you go forward. Love to all of you.

Kathleen Broglio

25 January 2020

Larry, my brother-in-law, was an incredibly kind, compassionate man. He was always interested in others well-being. He was an amazing husband and friend to my sister Patty and an incredible father to Michael and Heather. Larry was also a wonderful friend to my father and mother. He influenced the life of many and will be greatly missed.

Danny Grady

25 January 2020

For those of us who knew him, this is Larry from his 1969 senior year at South Lenoir in Deep Run, NC

Linda Rouse Sutton

25 January 2020

Larry & I were in high school together although he was a couple of years younger than I. I was a cheerleader when he was playing sports. Larry always had a smile on his face & had a positive attitude. He loved his very close knit family. I remember him with the fondest memories. Prayers lifted for all his wonderful family. Rest in peace Larry. 🙂🙏

Bobby Davis

24 January 2020

Larry always was and always will be one of our “boys “. Our family thought the world of him and his family.

Rev. Dr. Ron and Sue Bradley

24 January 2020

So shocked and saddened to hear about Larry's passing. Sue and I had many enjoyable times with Patty and Larry. I was especially honored to have been given the opportunity to officiate their wedding. Blessings and peace, Ron & Sue

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