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Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC

OBITUARY

Lawrence Ray Woolley

July 19, 1957October 22, 2019

Lawrence R. (Larry) Woolley, Lt. Col. USMC Retired, passed away on October 22, 2019 at the age of 62 in New Bern, NC. He was born in Covington, Ky in 1957. After graduating in 1975 from Ludlow High School in Ludlow, Ky, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Two years later he married his high school sweetheart, Colleen. His military career as an Aviation Ordnance Officer included service during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Among the awards he received are the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he went to work as a military contractor at MCAS Cherry Point, NC where he remained until his passing. In his spare time Larry enjoyed keeping his yard in tip-top shape. He was also always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Halloween was his favorite holiday and he and his brother, Gary, would dress up as zombies much to the delight of the neighborhood kids. On other occasions, “Billy Bob” would make an appearance—no explanation needed here for anyone who was lucky enough to experience it. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Ray Woolley. He is survived by his mother, Georgia E. Woolley; his wife of 42 years, Colleen; his brother, Gary L. Woolley and his wife, Yvonne; nephew Dan Woolley, his wife Christina, and their children, Avery and Lincoln. He was beloved by the members of Colleen’s family as more of a son and brother than an in-law, and was a friend and mentor to countless others. No services are planned at this time, however, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, or online to woundedwarriorproject.org.

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WILLIAM BURWELL

November 11, 2019

Colleen,
Marie and I would like to send out our deepest condolences. Larry was a great man and an exceptional Leader of Marines. His insightful guidance and clear direction helped elevate my career to the next level. It was a joy to work with him - both in the military and during his time in Cherry Point after his retirement. RIP Larry, we have the watch from here out!!! You will be greatly missed!!!

Semper Fi.
Will Burwell
LtCol USMC (Retired)

CRAIG SPERANZI

October 28, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Woolley family.

I have many fond memories from serving with Larry and knowing him as a Brother and Friend thru out the years.

Craig Speranzi
CWO3, USMC(Ret) 6502
1972-2003

Ed Burwell

October 25, 2019

Colleen,

Fair Winds and Following Seas to my Brother! I was a member of the Warrant Officer selection Board at CMC the year he was selected. I prepared and presented his case to the Board members. We served together at MWWU-2 in the late '80's. I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his passing! Carole and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and all of his immediate family and relatives. Semper Fidelis!

Ed Burwell
Major USMC(Ret) 6502

Jonathan Helms

October 25, 2019

Sorry for you loss, Larry was a special person. Prayers for his family.

Robert Houston

October 25, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Woolley family.

I have many memories from serving with Larry at MALS-11 El Toro and our deployment to Op Desert Shield/Storm when he first checked in the shop.

Keep your memories strong. We pray for God's peace during this difficult time.
Semper Fidelis & IYAOYAS!

Raymond Rowland

October 24, 2019

Larry surely will be missed. He was a great Aviation Ordnance Officer and respected by the community. It's a sad occasion to see him go. We always had great memories and conversations when our paths crossed throughout our careers. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this hard time. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow and continue to bless you and your family Colleen.

Semper Fi,
Major Ray "Rainman" Rowland, USMC RET

Dan Annunziata

October 24, 2019

I am saddened and sorry for your loss. I checked into my first duty station, MALS-11 El Toro in 1990 to Lt Woolley. I was a young LCpl and he took me on my first deployment to Desert Storm. Our careers drifted apart and the next time I saw Larry was at his retirement in Cherry Point as a brand new Warrant Officer. Larry was always available for personal and professional advice he gave me guidance during tough times as a young Major and I will always be grateful. Larry will be missed dearly and I pray for your healing.
IYAOYAS
Semper Fi
LtCol Dan Annunziata

Jim anf Charlotte Corbin

October 24, 2019

Our prayers go out for Colleen and her family for the loss of her soul mate Larry. Larry will be missed by all he came in contact with, a great American, Marine and Brother to so many.

Augie Malson

October 24, 2019

Colleen,
It saddens me to learn of Larry's passing. We shared some fine times together and as such I can say that he was a remarkable man and a true professional Marine Corps officer. He will be missed but not forgotten. The Aviation Ordnance community lost a great man but your loss is greater than ours. Please accept my condolences and remain strong.
Semper Fidelis
Augie Malson
LtCol USMC (Retired)

LtCol & MGySgt (ret) VanDeVoort

October 24, 2019

Binnie and I were shocked to hear about Larry. What a great guy and exceptional Marine. He was a true mentor to both of us. I remember when he put his pool in and invited us to his house. What a great time. RIP Larry. You will be missed Brother.
Semper Fi.
Greg & Binnie