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Larry Presson

February 6, 1950March 27, 2021
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Larry D. Presson, age 71, died peacefully in his sleep over the weekend. He was born on February 6, 1950 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He graduated from Broseley High School in 1968 and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. He married high school sweetheart, Marilyn Worley Presson, who survives him. Together they had three daughters, Somar Lapekas, Season Presson and Susan Fentiman, who all survive him. Larry worked for many computer companies throughout his life and eventually retired from Hewlett Packard in 2015. He traveled the world extensively with his work. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and fast cars. He also enjoyed time with his grandson, Lukas Lapekas. Weekly, he joined friends for breakfast at Myrtle’s Diner and spent time at Cowboy Church in Fisk, Missouri. He loved his dog, Frankie, and together they went on many daily walks. Larry loved a good action and Sci-fi movie. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Maxine Presson of Broseley, Missouri and his sister, Ernestine Presson of Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived also by his brother, Gary Presson of Senatobia, Mississippi and his sister, Nancy Wright of Bartlett, Tennessee. He also remained devoted to Jerry Hanley, the son of his late friend, Larry Hanley. A celebration of life will be held at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Page Robbins’ Adult Day Center in Collierville, Tennessee.

  • FAMILY

  • Marilyn Worley Presson, Wife
  • Somar Lapekas, Season Presson and Susan Fentiman, Daughters
  • Lukas Lapekas, Grandson
  • Gary Presson, Brother
  • Nancy Wright, Sister
  • Jerry Hanley, Son of his late friend, Larry Hanley, to whom he was devoted
  • Frankie, His dog
  • Ernest and Maxine Presson, Parents (deceased)
  • Ernestine Presson, Sister (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Page Robbins’ Adult Day Center

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

Memories

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Manish Nathwani

April 6, 2021

Terribly sad news – our prayers go out to Larry's family. What a wonderful human being and the part he played in all of our lives during his time at SHAZAM during the 2000s, a pivotal time of change in our organization … and he contributed so much!

He always offered a perspective that would help you see things differently when faced with a problem to solve.

He will be missed - may his soul rest in peace!

- Manish Nathwani
SHAZAM,
Johnston, IA

Michael Hollinger

April 5, 2021

Like many people, I first met Larry through work. He came to SHAZAM as a HP Project Manager and frankly saved our project from disaster. Also, like many people have already commented, Larry became a friend for life. For nearly 20 years now we have exchanged Christmas presents and talked many times during the year to stay in touch. When I retired in 2016, our very first stop on our first trip was to see Larry and Marilyn and in typical fashion he insisted on arranging a suite at the Peabody and taking Cindy and I out for Memphis ribs. Larry was wise, friendly, generous to a fault and will always have a special place in our heart. Rest In Peace my friend.

Ben Ballard

April 5, 2021

I met Larry while working for HP at a client. It was a very difficult project and he made things run smooth. I had dinner with him many nights during my 12 years working with him. We got to know each real well so well in fact we could order each others dinner at whichever restaurant the team would go to. He would always speak of his family and friends. We stayed in touch through the phone over the years and I feel a huge loss that I will not be able to do that any more. It makes my heart hurt as I write this. He was a great man, great work colleague and even greater friend. You will be missed my friend.

Markel/Shirley Yarbro

April 3, 2021

We can’t express the sorrow that we feel
For Larry’s passing. Larry was a true friend for life. We’ve known he & Marilyn
For 60+ years. I played all high school sports with Larry. He was dedicated & determined to do his best . Everything he did was for his family & friends!
Sorry that we can’t be there for his celebration of life.

Bill Honaker

April 2, 2021

I was partnered with Larry on a small number of projects, as a subcontractor. He had the unique ability to push hard to satisfy the customer, while treating everyone on the projects as equals on a single cohesive team. One of those contracts involved a number of months of travel, so we spent a lot of meals together. During those times his devotion to God, his family and his coworkers shone. I learned a lot about how to treat customers, contractors and the project leaders from him. We are all better off having known him.

He's lost too soon!

Douglas Tully

April 2, 2021

Larry was a great team member, leader, and a huge mentor in my career. Larry pushed me to get my PMP certification and helped guide me along. We worked on many fire fighting issues that looked impossible. Larry always stepped up to lead us to the correct path. He is missed and I can't say enough on how much he impacted my own career while excelling in his.

Dennis Skaggs

April 2, 2021

Larry worked for me many, many years and I can say there was never a better Project Manager than Larry. I could put him into any account and he would evaluate the situation and set out plans to get it back on track. We were having a major issue at Shazam and I proposed to the president that he pay for Larry to come in and help them get their new Tandem system online. When I quoted the hourly price to him, he said I am not going to pay that much for a project manager. I replied, “OK, if after a week you don’t think he is worth the investment, I will pull him out and not charge you a dime”. They kept him for almost a year and would call him from time to time for his guidance on something.
I was raised in SE Missouri, near Poplar Bluff, and I really appreciated his down home humor. I will really miss that

Larry MacDonald

April 1, 2021

My condolences to the Presson family. In your time of sorrow please know there is a large group of Larry’s colleagues that are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure of working with Larry in St Louis on a particularly tough project. I was lucky to be on the same team and we spent many days and nights together slugging it out.

My memory of Larry is he worked hard and played even harder.

I am sorry I will not be able to make the service, but I will be there in spirit.

Tony Tolleson

April 1, 2021

I could not have asked for a better friend. Larry called me "brother", an honor that says a lot about Larry's commitment to others. I will always choose to remember the many, many laughs we shared, and the good times we had (often over a meal) during the time when worked together in the IT industry, and even after I retired from HP when his work brought him to the Dallas area.

Because I reside in Texas, where the recent winter storms resulted in power outages, Larry called me on the morning of February 19, 2021, to make sure I was okay. He told me he'd been thinking about me *every day*, and I did not doubt it for a second.

In our work, Larry's enthusiasm, positive attitude, and his care for others was always contagious. When I think of Larry, I will always remember the phrase, “Yeah, buddy!”.

What a GOD-given pleasure it has been to be Larry's friend for well over 20 years ... now it seems like the blink of an eye. Charlie Bursi, who over time hired both of us into his Compaq (Tandem Division) team, has known Larry almost 50 years, from their days working as computer operators for a Memphis bank. Larry was just that kind of guy that made lifelong friends of so many of us, starting from when we first met him.

Go Rest High, my brother and friend. Enjoy that new body that we're told about in the first few verses of what we today call 2nd Corinthians, chapter 5.

Karen King

March 31, 2021

Parker and I are so sorry for the loss of our dear friend Larry. He was a kind and caring man... Prayers for his family🙏🏻

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Biography

Larry D. Presson, age 71, died peacefully in his sleep over the weekend. He was born on February 6, 1950 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He graduated from Broseley High School in 1968 and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. He married high school sweetheart, Marilyn Worley Presson, who survives him. Together they had three daughters, Somar Lapekas, Season Presson and Susan Fentiman, who all survive him.
Larry worked for many computer companies throughout his life and eventually retired from Hewlett Packard in 2015. He traveled the world extensively with his work. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and fast cars. He also enjoyed time with his grandson, Lukas Lapekas. Weekly, he joined friends for breakfast at Myrtle’s Diner and spent time at Cowboy Church in Fisk, Missouri. He loved his dog, Frankie, and together they went on many daily walks. Larry loved a good action and Sci-fi movie.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Maxine Presson of Broseley, Missouri and his sister, Ernestine Presson of Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived also by his brother, Gary Presson of Senatobia, Mississippi and his sister, Nancy Wright of Bartlett, Tennessee. He also remained devoted to Jerry Hanley, the son of his late friend, Larry Hanley.
A celebration of life will be held at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Page Robbins’ Adult Day Center in Collierville, Tennessee.