MSCS Lawrence “Larry” Martin Smith
January 16,1941 – November 07, 2020
Lawrence “Larry” Smith passed away early morning on November 7, 2020 at Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Chattanooga, TN to Ray Smith and Geraldine Martin, both proceeded in death along with brother Ray and sister Brenda (Massey). He joined the U.S. Navy in March 1963; three years later met his wife Barbara McKim and married May 20, 1966 and was married until her passing in Sept 2013. He served 28 years and retired in Feb. 28, 1991 at Eglin AFB. His duty stations included Philadelphia, Norfolk, Port Heuneme, CA, Philippines, Charleston, and Annapolis. He was a man of faith and loved his church and church family at Airport Road Church of Christ, and was always sending out cards for birthday, anniversaries and well wishes. He loved gardening, cooking his game shows and an avid fan of wrestling and politics. But his love hero his children and grand children was undeniable. He was a kind hearted, funny, loving mand and more so a father, who will be greatly missed. He was also preceded in death not only by his wife Barbara )2013), but an infant son, Marty (1968), but two daughters also – Lynn (1997) and eldest Beth (Jenus) (2013). He is survived by his last two children (Chef) Dottie Smith of Crestview, and son William (Billy) Smith (Carrie Leudtke) of Marion, OH; grandchildren Michael Devlin, Joseph Kubacki, both of Fort Walton Beach, Ashley Richbourg R.N., New Port Richey, Peerless ward of Niceville and great granddaughter Aria; Elizabeth (Lucy) Shipley and children, Kayleigh, Taylor, and Khloe, also of Marion, OH; SIL Helen McKim of Richmond; Nieces Nichole McDonald (Joey and Rory) or North Carolina; Candace (Ken) Pecka (CeCe Peace, Danielle, Luke, Caleb) all of Richmond, VA; and extended family in Chattanooga and Pikevillem, TN, and a niece and two nephews and family in Georgia. Celebration and remembrance of his life will be held at Airport Road Church of Christ in Crestview on Thursday, November 12 with visitation from 10 to 11 and service beginning at 11a.m. Interment with military honors to follow at Heritage Gardens in Niceville. His wishes are for the attire to be blue and the flowers to be Carnations.
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