W. Larry Parrent Jr.
Born on Nov. 4, 1957
W. LARRY PARRENT JR.
VICTORIA - Our dear friend and co-worker, Larry Parrent, Jr., 56, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014. He was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 4, 1957 to the late Wallace Larry Parrent, Sr. and Thelma Ruth "Windy" Allen.
Larry was born the day after the unmanned Russian Sputnik space ship was launched, he was given the nick name, Sputnik, and later it was shortened to "Sput". That is what his family called him.
Larry came from a military family, so it was only natural that he attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham Virginia and graduated as the number one Cadet. He was a 4th or 5th degree Black Belt and as his nephew Brian would say do not get hit by his "wally punch." Larry started working at Blileys Funeral Home in Richmond, Va. as an apprentice while at the Academy and after graduation. Larry proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army where he was a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He carried that proud association throughout his life. Larry was raised in a military family and was an American to the core, he loved "shrimp" and "steak", he was polite, caring, organized and a gentleman who always expressed his thanks and appreciation to those he worked with.
Uncle Sput as he was called only when he was around his family and friends, always enjoyed the little things that life had to offer. He was extremely easy to please as long as he had his friends and loved ones around him. He never missed a special occasion to show his family how much he cared; he was always willing to listen. He was passionate about being punctual and doing what he said he was going to do. He was a man of discipline, especially when he was on a "quest", and liked routine and structure. He was very dependable.
In May of 1998 he attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in May of 1999 as a funeral director and embalmer. He had worked in funeral homes in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Colorado where he was also the Chief Deputy Coroner. The most important things in Larry's life were his family, especially the nieces and nephews whom he spoiled with love and attention, looking forward to his visits with them. He was especially proud of his great-nephew Easton, and was proud to show his picture to everyone, while asking, "Have you seen my Great-Nephew?" and his job. He loved being a funeral director and was very successful at it. He truly cared about the families he was honored to serve.
In addition to his mother, Larry is survived by his step-mothers, Carolyn Garrett and Deloris Parrent.; brothers, Bill (Rhonda) Parrent, Chris Hare, Curtis L. ( Terri) Hare; sister, Chrystal Snoby; nieces, Kayla N. Parrent, Olivia G. Hare, Lorrie A. Hare; nephews, Austin L. Parrent, Benjamin C. Hare, and Brian C. Hare; great-nephew, Easton C. Parrent. He is also survived by his very good friends (true friends, as he would say), Judi and Brian McBee. He is preceded in death by his father, Wallace Larry Parrent, Sr. and his grandparents, who he always spoke of so highly. Larry will be missed by all his co-workers at Grace Funeral Home. Larry truly loved his profession and serving others in a time of need and truly lived his last days loving everyone he worked with. Larry was a dedicated wonderful person with boundless energy and a great sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
A memorial service for Larry will be held at Grace Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Carl Schneider, Pastor Larry Green, and Father Daniel Houde will officiate. Full military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, EX-POW, MOPH, VVA, and KWV will be at held.
An inurnment will be held at a later date in Virginia.
Arrangements entrusted to Grace Funeral Home.