OBITUARY

Larry Harmon Smith

December 25, 1957September 12, 2021

Larry Harmon Smith, 63, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to be with the Lord on September 12th.

Larry is survived by his wife, Keren Poe Smith; children, Megan Smith (Hershel), Kelly Bradham (Drew), Shannon Fitzpatrick (Erin), Brigdon Foster (Christie), Bennett Foster (Jenny), Susanna Brown (Daniel); siblings, Randy Smith (Beverly), Lee Smith (Kimberly), Linda Stringfellow (Wally), Gary Smith; grandchildren, Elijah, Breeanna, Marlowe, Clementine, Emelia, Brooklyn, Collins, Linus, Connor, Brigdon, Corban,and Morgan Larra. He is preceded in death by parents, Geoffrey and Myra Smith.

Larry was born, along with his identical twin brother Gary, on December 25, 1957 in Orlando, FL to Geoffrey Edward and Myra May Smith. He graduated from University of South Florida in 1986 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He married Keren Poe Smith in 1998. Keren and Larry created a beautiful blended family of 6 children, 12 grandchildren and memories that will last a lifetime. Larry was a valued employee of Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Larry was an accomplished water skier, snow skier, and often enjoyed the weekend with his brothers at their hunt camp in Georgia. He loved taking his family on trips to the Florida Keys and the Colorado mountains, where he shared his passions for the outdoors with those he loved the most. Larry also cherished the time he spent as Head Coach at Bayshore Little League and was so proud of his players, and grateful to have had such an impact in their lives. He was the most kind, generous man who loved with his whole heart. Larry left a lasting impression on those he met and will forever shape the lives of those who have been fortunate enough to have known him.

A funeral is scheduled for September 17th, 1:00 pm, at Bayshore Baptist Church – all are welcome to celebrate Larry’s life and masks are required. A graveside service directly following, for immediate family only, at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, 3:00pm. Pastor Billy H. Poe will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bayshore Baptist Church https://pushpay.com/g/bayshorebaptistchurch?src=hpp , Bayshore Little League (https://www.bsll.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2699804) , and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay (https://bbbstampabay.org/give/). Larry’s family would like to thank friends and family for the outpouring of love and prayers, all of the meals, and support throughout this difficult time. They would also like to thank the healthcare heroes for their tireless efforts and care.

~With love from the Smith family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 17, 2021

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Jennifer Johnson

September 17, 2021

Larry will be missed probably more than he could have realized. When he began working at FWRI, he was such a breath of fresh air coming in with his cool, calm demeanor and wealth of knowledge and patience. I work with the manatee group and came to him often for troubleshooting issues, downloads, and updates. I am truly grateful to have known him and devastated that I will no longer have the chance to work with him. My favorite memories are those during the quarantine when we all worked from home. I enjoyed chatting with him over Teams and listening to him play his guitar while we waited for updates to download. His calming presence was comforting. I hope that all his family and friends find comfort in each other as we all process the loss of a wonderful human being.

Linda Fucci

September 17, 2021

Dear Keren and family,

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

I will remember Larry's smile, as it lit up the room when he entered it! Even though I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him more often, I know he will be deeply missed at FWRI by so many.

Nate Robb

September 16, 2021

Keren & Family,

I am very sorry for your loss.

Larry was a great friend and coworker. I will miss his stories of growing up, hunting, adventures, and his family. I will miss his sense of humor and advice. We will keep you in our thoughts.

Justin Hooper

September 16, 2021

I worked for Larry at FWC. You could not ask for a better boss. From the beginning, he was a man that didn’t impose his way, but showed what was possible. I’ve learned so much from him.
He had an amazing curiosity and was always exited to learn something new. You could see the joy in his face when he learned a new lick on the guitar. He threw himself into learning each new bit of hardware or software that came into the office. I’ve lost count of the number of times he shared something interesting he learned about the research done at the Institute.
He always had a story to tell. Between the golfing, hunting, skiing and traveling, there never seemed to be a dull moment in his life. He will be missed.

David Mesquita

September 16, 2021

Kelly & Family,
My condolences for your loss.
I was lucky enough to have meet Larry on the other side of the world in Abu Dhabi when he visited. I remember sharing a few drinks with him and a lot of laughter in the few times we meet but a last impression.
Rest in peace Larry, you will be missed.

David Mesquita

September 16, 2021

Kelly & Family,
My condolences for your loss.
I was lucky enough to have meet Larry on the other side of the world in Abu Dhabi when he visited. I remember sharing a few drinks with him and a lot of laughter in the few times we meet but a last impression.
Rest in peace Larry, you will be missed.

kathy Brown

September 15, 2021

When I think Of Larry Smith, I think of a Stand Up, Family Loving, God Fearing Guy who welcomed everyone into his life with Keren, . Two of my Sons played Little League baseball for Larry where he was EVERY Player's "Greatest Champion!" I never saw Larry without a smile, and his love for baseball was only upstaged by his LOVE for Keren, their family, his daughters, grandchildren, and Siblings. Heaven gained a true Angel, but the World was a BETTER place because Larry Smith was in it!
R.I.P Friend, knowing you made a Difference in so Many Live's.

Harry Norris

September 15, 2021

One of the happiest, most cheerful and positive people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Larry, you touched almost every one of us at FWRI and you always listened and worked so hard to solve the problem at hand. We are heartbroken and miss you more than I can ever hope to tell.

Mike Turner

September 15, 2021

Keren & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.
Larry was a great person to work with and an even better friend. I will miss talking with him about our hunting adventures and sharing pictures of our hunts. Larry brought smiles to everyone around him. Larry loved to talk about his family, he considered his family to be his biggest blessing. He was an admirable and inspiring man, always placing others needs above his own. Larry will truly be missed by many!

Deneen Crawford

September 14, 2021

My sincerest thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Smith family and friends.
Parking Lot duty for MarineQuest gave me, what now has proven to be, too BRIEF of an opportunity to talk with Larry about life stuff. Such an awesome person and will be missed soooo much. Although I didn't see or speak with him often, he's one of my favorite FWRI family members.