OBITUARY

Larry Wilson Gunter

October 15, 1941April 26, 2014

A joyful memorial celebration for Larry “Wilson” Gunter of Longview, Texas will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Longview Metro Church, with Pastor Bruce Wike officiating. Larry reluctantly left the loving arms of his devoted wife Patricia, Saturday evening, April 26th at the Longview home, and gleefully entered the eternal presence of his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Larry Wilson Gunter was born October 15th, 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas; and from that day forward, never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Jewell Gunter, two brothers and one sister.

Left to cherish every laugh filled memory and moments of joy are his wife of 34 years, Patricia of Longview, whom he married on October 27th, 1979; mother-in-law Alice Adkins Magoto of Longview; sister-in-law Tamara Blazier of McKinney, Texas; brother-in-law Ted Adkins and wife Maureen of Katy, Texas; multiple nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.

Larry was perhaps best known by many East Texans for his role as the male partner of the acclaimed “Larry & Lou” morning radio show on KYKX 105.7 FM during the mid-1970’s. During that time, he was awarded the Country Music Association’s “Small Market Disc Jockey of the Year”.

After enjoying success in advertising sales at KYKX, he was promoted to General Manager of sister station KYKS 105.1 FM in Lufkin, Texas, serving 23 years at the helm before returning to Longview.

Larry finished his career in advertising sales for Reynolds Radio, owners of “The Blaze” and Power 99.3 FM, where he continued working until his death.

Over the years, he served on multiple broadcasting and community committees and boards, including the Lufkin, Texas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Lufkin Salvation Army and the Texas Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. He was an avid supporter of the Marine Corps annual “Toys for Tots” drive.

In 2013, Larry was inducted into the “Hall of Honor” by the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

As a member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Masonic Lodge and other groups, he helped promote and served his industry and communities through program and services outreaches, receiving many recognitions and awards for his contributions.

Larry “fathered” and was a dedicated mentor to dozens of young men and women in the broadcast industry. Whether they called him Larry, “Uncle Larry”, “Old Man Wilson”, “Wireless” “Coach” or any of a dozen nicknames, each was expressed with undeniable affection and appreciation for his leadership, teaching, steady hand of guidance and forgiving spirit.

His infectious laugh and quick humor were never lacking, nor did his generous actions or self-sacrificing gifts ever fail. Even in his last hours, he was encouraging and leading those whom he helped enter the industry some 40 years ago.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to, are encouraged to donate to their local Humane Society, as Larry loved animals; or to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Scholarship Award Program.

Visitation is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home, 5000 West Harrison Road in Longview. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Longview Metro Church, 310 Spur 63, Longview, with interment to follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

Services

  • Funeral Services Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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John Fletcher

May 2, 2014

There was a contemporary Christian song back in the 1970s that perfectly described Larry: "It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing."

Larry Wilson/Gunter was a catalyst because he made things happen all around him. He made people not only feel better --- he made us better people. I am blessed that Larry touched my life for the past 41 years and I count myself fortunate to have been his friend.

John Fletcher, Arlington, Texas

Tony Holyfield

May 2, 2014

The first day I met Larry, I felt I had made a friend for life. He always made people feel that way. I will miss his laughter and sense of humor. Larry wouldn't let anything come in his way to try to help people. May God bless him and care for his family during their loss of a truly amazing person that I'm greatful too have met.

Sarah Vina

May 1, 2014

Larry was one of the kindest and sweetest men I have ever known.
I will truly miss him.

Michelle Irons

May 1, 2014

I am so blessed to have crossed paths with such a hard working determined individual. I will remember him and his stories that he shared with me during our visits. God has blessed me by placing Larry and Patricia in my path. He will be missed.

April 30, 2014

I loved hearing Larry's laugh and radio voice in the mornings while getting ready for school. He was definitely one of a kind with a sweet spirit and caring ways. You will be missed! Sherry Wickersham Gibbon

April 30, 2014

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing, but heaven as gained and angel..I can only imagine the rejoicing of the Angels as he entered the heavenly gates..Larry was one of a kind', compassionate, caring, a good friend and always a true gentleman..You will truly be missed, my friend.Happy Trails until we meet again......Lou Wickersham,Shaklee

Robert Taylor

April 30, 2014

My prayers are with your family. Although I never had the pleasure of working with Larry..... our paths crossed from time to time....and he was a true pro in the radio business and a great man.

Jimmie and Steve Lobue

April 30, 2014

What a friend! You will truly be missed.

April 30, 2014

My Mason Brother was one of the best Leaders that ever walked in Texas.
Larry I will miss you and your wisdom.
Millege Norton

Paul & Lynn Peery

April 29, 2014

Our precious friend has gone home. We miss him terribly. He is the Mastermind behind the "Gorilla" we have only him to blame for the mess of the "monster" he left us with. Thank you Lord for Larry's quick laughter being instilled in this character as well.
Larry & Patricia are such a shining example of how a loving marriage should be,. Thank you for your investing in us with your time and friendship.
Love,
Mr .& Mrs. Gorilla