Lawrence Talmadge Queen Jr.
August 14, 1925 – July 6, 2019
Veteran North Carolina journalist and teacher Lawrence (Larry) Talmbadge Queen, Jr., 93, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019. He was born in Statesville, son of the late Lawrence and Rubie Queen but lived in the triad most of his life. He had retired in 1985 from the Winston Salem Journal and Sentinel newspapers after 29 years. Since then he had taught journalism for about 10 years as a visiting lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro until retiring also from teaching in December, 1994. From 1985 through 1987, he had concurrently taught British Literature at the N.C. School of Arts at Winston Salem. He had also, on individual occasions, been a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University. Queen began his newspaper career in 1947 as a reporter for the Greensboro Democrat weekly, and then returned as the editor in 1949, after getting an A.B. Degree in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Larry was the director of public relations at Bennett College in 1953-54. He also was a writer with the Greensboro Record and Statesville Record and Landmark before joining the Winston Salem newspapers in 1956. While at Statesville, he also wrote free-lance articles for the Associated Press, United Press, to major N.C. daily newspapers, as well as to the Baltimore Morning Sun and the New York Times. In Winston Salem, Queen spent most of his career as an editor, mainly as youth news editor, working with senior high school students. Their work won state honors and was reprinted widely. He served on the Mayor’s Committee on Youth and was an advisor to the Winston Salem Youth Council. In the 1960’s, while with the Winston Salem newspapers, he also did free-lance radio interviews broadcast locally, and nationally by NBC in New York City and by the Armed Forces Overseas Network.
Larry’s education also included studies at Duke University, Appalachian State University, Wake Forest University, and he received a Master of Arts degree in 1970, at UNCG. While teaching at UNCG, he was a member of a committee for evaluation of the university’s publications and was a volunteer advisor for Campus Focus Project Step-Ahead programs for student recruitment. He also established and internship program in the English department in which many students participated in on-the-job experience with local and national publications. During his career, he also had been variously involved as a volunteer in the community with land use and natural resources planning with Greensboro Visions, regionally with Triad Horizons, had worked with a committee for passage of bonds to finance local parks and a regional Guilford-Forsyth park and other public projects, and had been involved with Guilford County Greenways Commission, Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Greensboro Episcopal Housing Ministry, Citizens for Responsible Government and other organizations. He was a past president of Greensboro Astronomy Club and an officer in other clubs here. He had served as a country, district and state delegate for the Guilford County Democratic Party. He had attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church since 1964.
Larry served with the Army in World War II in military police and combat engineers, including duty in the Southwest Pacific Theater.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Queen was preceded in death by his sister, Julia Queen. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Simon Queen of the home; son Larry William Queen of Los Angeles, CA.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Edmund Pickup officiating, 2105 West Market Street, Greensboro. The family will gather with guests following the service in the fellowship hall.
On behalf of the Queen family, our sincerest gratitude to all of the caregivers and Visiting Angels of Greensboro and Hospice of Greensboro for their outstanding compassionate care and support. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Habitat Greensboro, 1031 Summit Avenue, Suite 2W-2, Greensboro, NC 27405.
Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Queen family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- Reception with Family and Friends Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Lawrence Talmadge Queen Jr.
July 11, 2019
Dear Laurie Queen, I am so very very sorry to have read about your loss of one of the greatest, Larry. As you know, I was married to Annette, twin sister of Jeanette T. Simon, wife of Marshall Simon, your brother. Annette and I broke up almost twenty years ago. Since that time, I have lost contact with her kin, but I absolutely remember Larry as being one of the super persons I knew back then, and, of course, now. The two of you were and are the best of the best of the best! I was aware that Larry was well educated and active in many organizations but I was so impressed in reading the obituary of Larry that he was everything, everything, everything! North Carolina has lost one of its greatest! Again, I am so very sorry! Bills Mills, Thomasville, NC.
July 11, 2019
I was saddened to read that Mr. Queen passed. As a former librarian at the Benjamin Branch Library, I had the pleasure of meeting and assisting Mr. Queen as a patron. It was always a joy and a pleasure to serve and assist him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
July 10, 2019
Years ago, when I was in high school in Winston-Salem, I worked as a student correspondent for the Teen Page. Larry Queen was our editor, and was a wonderful role model. He had a great command of language and gave perceptive advice on proper reporting and editing. Most importantly, he was kind and encouraging. Now, over 40 years later, I still remember him with gratitude and respect.
July 8, 2019
"Larry" was able to, and usually did, dive much deeper in a conversation than I was able. I had to mostly nod my head and smile in agreement. One topic I found that we were really able to connect and converse over, was our "mothers". He would often get tears in his eyes when speaking of his love of his mother, and his wife "Laurie".
I often enjoyed listening to him "fight the good fight" at "Tate Street Coffee House". The world is less with his passing.
July 8, 2019
To my friend Larry Queen and family,
I have many memories and recollections from our many
shared hours at Tate Street Coffee.
We will miss him.
Deborah Jacobs Bost
July 8, 2019
We are so sorry. I have so many wonderful memories growing up next door to you and Larry.
My love and sympathies.
Deb and John