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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA

OBITUARY

Larry Stokes, Sr.

April 22, 1936January 31, 2016
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On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Larry Colquette Stokes, Sr. went Home where he was reunited with Patsy, his wife of 55 years, and with his beloved son, Larry Junior. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 11:00am at Central Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Rodney Queen officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macon Rescue Mission, 774 Hazel St., Macon, 31201.

Mr. Stokes was born on a farm near Timmonsville, South Carolina on April 22, 1936 to Sam and Dorothy Hill Stokes. He was the first of three children. His sister is Sandra Blackwell of Hartsville, South Carolina. His brother is Perry Stokes, the longtime coach of the Timmonsville Lady Whirlwinds. As a boy, Larry was close to his grandfather, Olin B. Hill and was strongly influenced by the older man’s faith. Larry’s sense of responsibility and work ethic became apparent early. At age 15 Larry began driving a school bus to earn his keep while attending high school.

Mr. Stokes attended Carson Newman College where he not only earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, but also convinced Patricia Glee Robinson to be his wife. They were married in Flintstone, Georgia on June 7, 1959.

Larry and Patsy raised two daughters and a son; Kimberly Lynne Waggoner of Kingston, Tennessee, Susan Kay Ivey of Macon, Georgia, and Larry, Jr. They had four grandsons, Kirby Waggoner, and Joshua, Jonathan and Jared Ivey. Mr. Stokes earned his daily bread for thirty years as a teacher in Walker County, Georgia. A teacher’s salary in those days provided meager fare for a family of five. Larry often took part time work, including selling encyclopedias, however; his true calling was in the fields of the Lord.

Larry Stokes had a deep rooted faith in Christ founded on the Holy Bible. Larry served as interim music director at Flintstone Baptist Church and several other churches in northwest Georgia. He taught Sunday School for over four decades. His classes were noted for the sharing of burdens and cares, praying for each other, and teaching Biblical truths.

Larry had a great deal of respect for his friend, Paul Chambers of Chattanooga Valley. The Stokes and Chambers families spent two summers living at a campground while the two men studied at Georgia Southern University where Larry earned a Master’s degree in Education. Paul remained Larry’s close friend throughout the years.

Larry’s best friend and constant companion for forty-four years was his son, Larry Junior. The father and son were devoted fans of the Chattanooga Valley Eagles, the Ridgeland Panthers, and the Lady ‘Winds.

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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 3, 2016
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Mary Alice Campbell Richardson

February 2, 2016

I am so sorry! Larry was a classmate, class of 1954, Timmonsville High School, SC! Always a friend! Love and prayers for his family!!

John Fields

February 2, 2016

Always, always blessed by Larry's evangelical zeal. Rumor is he once shared the gospel to a flagpole and then gave it a track.

Only related by marriage and faith--but count him a dear and important brother.

Janeen Lathem

February 2, 2016

My husband and I had our first Sunday School class together with Mr. Stokes as our teacher! He was a caring, loving and most inspirational teacher. He was an amazing teacher and truly showed his love for our Lord and Savior! We have missed him and this sweet family. I know he is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior!

Sammy Hatfield

February 2, 2016

Mr. Stokes was a one of a kind classic teacher and person. My junior high years at Mountain View were great thanks to the positive role model he was. How awesome a man of God he was. Rest in Peace my friend!

Sonya Thomas

February 2, 2016

Mr. Stokes was one of my favorite teachers. He was a man of great integrity.
His daughter, Kim is a friend who I admire greatly.
I'm praying for God's comfort and peace for your family.
May you feel His presence as you say goodbye to your beloved dad.

February 2, 2016

Bro. Larry was a such a blessing and encouragement to be around. He loved Jesus and was a great witness for our Lord. What great rejoicing must be going on in heaven being back with Patsy and Larry, Jr.! We at Central Fellowship Baptist Church will miss you. Praying for all the family.

In Christian love,
Betty Brewer

Mark Ivey

February 2, 2016

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mr. Stokes family and grandchildren. Mr. Stokes will always leave an impression on me of his unwavering love and dedication to his saviour Jesus Christ, no matter what trials Mr. Stokes faced during his life. Grandpoppa, the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, is now yours for eternity. You will always be in our hearts and memories.

Pastor Ed Chambless

February 2, 2016

Dear Susan & Family:
We are praying much for you and the family. Recently I stopped by Zebulon Park Rehab to see Bro. Larry. He was smiling (as always) and talking about Jesus. So enjoyed the visits over the years with Bro. Larry & Patsy and Larry.
Love ya'll.
Pastor Ed & Dale Chambless
Mikado Baptist Church

Jennifer Tarvin

February 2, 2016

Loved this man and Larry! Praying for family during this time. Can't you see That big smile on Larry's face when his Dad entered the gates of heaven!

Faye Goins

February 2, 2016

A great man to know and a wonderful teacher to the children. I worked with him at Mountain View and he was very courteous and kind and helpful to me. Everyone who knew him had kind words about him. May you rest in peace.

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