Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC


Larry Taylor McElveen

August 20, 1938October 21, 2019

"A Man Who Served His Family and Country Proudly"

Larry Taylor McElveen, age 81, passed away on Monday ~ October 21, 2019 at his residence with his loving wife and family by his side. Larry served honorably in the United States Army from 1959 ~ 1961. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church for over 73 years. A very fun man to be around, Larry loved to play his banjo, guitar and ukulele. Known for his gift of gab, Larry loved people and he loved the profession in which he chose and owned for many years, the Muffler - Brake Shop, Inc. and Mac's Wildfire Motors.

A great husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Larry is going to be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Those left behind to cherish Larry's memories and carry on his legacy are his loving wife of almost 57 years, Mildred Louise McKinney McElveen of the home; one daughter and son in law: Cindy and Jim Mathews of Vale, North Carolina; two sons and daughter in law: Michael McElveen of Gastonia, North Carolina, John and Ginger McElveen of Gastonia, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Caitlin Merritt and husband Mark, Carissa Mathews, Mandi Merritt and husband Drew, Zack McElveen, Addie McElveen and Colton McElveen; six great grandchildren: Callie Merritt, Chloe Merritt, Claire Merritt, Cora Jane Mathews, Brice Merritt and Brooklynn Merritt; one cousin: Beckie Oxford.

Larry was the son of the late Howard Taylor McElveen and Eunice Faye Quinn McElveen.

A Life Well Celebrated Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday ~ November 2, 2019 at Covenant United Methodist Church, 801 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina with Reverend Jim Mathews, Reverend David Mason and Reverend Keith Lowder sharing memories and hope to Larry's family and friends.

The family ask that everyone wear Purple when attending the service... It was Larry's favorite color.

Guests will be received following the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, 801 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina or the Gaston County Hospice, or 258 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.

Fond memories and expressions of love may be made on Larry's guestbook at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to be serving the family of Larry McElveen.


  • Mildred Louise McElveen, Wife
  • Cindy Mathews, Daughter
  • Jim Mathews, Son-in-law
  • Michael McElveen, Son
  • John McElveen, Son
  • Ginger McElveen, Daughter-in-law
  • Caitlin Merritt, Granddaughter
  • Mark Merritt, Husband of Caitlin
  • Carissa Mathews, Granddaughter
  • Mandi Merritt, Granddaughter
  • Drew Merritt, Husband to Mandi
  • Zack McElveen, Grandson
  • Addie McElveen, Granddaughter
  • Colton McElveen, Grandson
  • Callie Merritt, Great Granddaughter
  • Chole Merritt, Great Granddaughter
  • Claire Merritt, Great Granddaughter
  • Cora Jane Mathews, Great Granddaughter
  • Brice Merritt, Great Grandson
  • Brooklynn Merritt, Great Granddaughter
  • Beckie Oxford, Cousin
  • Howard Taylor McElveen, Father Deceased
  • Eunice Faye Quinn McElveen, Mother Deceased

  • In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, 801 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina or the Gaston County Hospice, or 258 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.


  • Life Well Celebrated Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Receiving of Guests Saturday, November 2, 2019


Larry Taylor McElveen

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Bob Hill

November 2, 2019

My condolences especially to Mildred, Cindy, Michael and John.
I remember Larry as a particularly warm, funny and welcoming man, who enjoyed his family and anyone who had a minute to share life experiences. He enjoyed telling stories, and was quick to offer help when needed. He seemed to enjoy working as well as his business and his customers. He also seemed to enjoy a bargain and could have a bit of a renegade attitude (when Mildred let him get away with it). He was a kind spirit, loving toward family and friends, and will be missed.

Kathy Hill

November 1, 2019

Larry was such a vibrant and loving man. I have so many fond memories of him when I was growing up as well as an adult. Such an incredible father, grandfather and great grandfather. My heart goes out to Mildred and the entire family. Love to you all!❤️💔❤️

Pamela Jefferies

November 1, 2019

Sending the family my deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences May God’s grace and mercy continue to be with you all through out this very difficult time and always. Sincerely yours Pamela Jefferies 🙏🙏🙏💐💐💐

Debbie & Jim Austin

November 1, 2019

To the family and friends you now have a special angel watching over you We are so sorry for your loss Sending up Prayers for comfort and peace


October 29, 2019

So sorry to learn of Larry's passing. Coming home from work I always look toward the shop . Something is not right. Came home today pulled up Gastonia Memorial to see when I can put flower on my sons grave his birthday is the 30th. There was this big bright picture of Larry smiling from cheek to cheek. Oh no not Larry God'way of letting me know. We have had some long talks while my car was being serviced. He will be deeply missed.[Firebird]

jimmy Carr

October 29, 2019

I can hardly believe that Larry has gone to be with God. He was always like a brother to me and my family many times he felt like part of my Family more than my Family did. I will miss his Big smile and his jokes but mostly just Larry being himself. I went to him many times for advice or to just talk. I know life must go on but It will truly be hard without Larry. Much Love and Prayers for the family as they go through this difficult time. I will always remember Larry as part of my family along with John, Cindy and Mike. Love Jimmy Carr.

Margie Thomas

October 27, 2019

Larry was a very nice man always smiling he always appreciated your business at brake shop. Sorry hear of his passing prayers for his family.

Carole (Davis) Zimmer

October 27, 2019

Larry was one of the truly special people God puts on this earth. His joy in his faith, his family, and life in general was obvious any time you were with him. It is hard to believe that he is no longer here with us but such a joy to know that he no longer suffers and we will see him again in heaven. My prayers, my sympathy, and my love to Mildred and the family.

Mosilea Davis

October 27, 2019

Larry was a special part of the family. When we saw him he always seemed to have a smile and a story or joke. We mourn for our loss but we know that Larry now is beyond pain and suffering. To Mildred and the family I send my thoughts and prayers. With love, Aunt Mosilea

Betsy Bowen

October 27, 2019

Sending hugs, prayers and love to Cindy, Jim and the girls.
Love, Hope Bowen, Betsy and John