Larry Gene Herndon
Grovetown, GA – Larry Gene Herndon, 70, loving husband of 48 years to Patricia Ann Perdue Herndon, entered into his eternal rest Monday evening, September 25, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta. Services will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, September 30, 2017, with Rev. Wayne Usry officiating. A private interment will follow at a later date.
One of fourteen born to the late Katherine Reynolds Poss Herndon and the late George Augustus Herndon, Larry was raised in Burke County, attending Waynesboro Elementary, Jenkins County Elementary and Midville High School. Marrying the love of his life in 1969, he moved to Wrens, her home town, where he lived for 44 years until his health decline four years ago and they moved to Grovetown. Larry worked as a welder at Thermo King, retiring after 38 years of service. He totally enjoyed his job but more importantly he loved everyone he worked with. Larry had dyslexia and never learned to read; even so, he had a sharp mind and a phenomenal memory for numbers—he could remember telephone numbers, birth dates, anniversary dates…anything to do with numbers. He was also very mechanically inclined and took things apart just to see how it worked. Larry was also known to go “dumpster diving” to pickup “absolutely good” things people discarded and would re-purpose and even invent new uses for them. Having a green thumb and being a nature lover, he could be found outside working with his plants, flowers, garden, pomegranate trees and other trees he transplanted into his yard from the woods. Everything he touched would flourish. An animal lover, he had a special love for cats—he would feed any strays that came into his yard. He couldn’t sit still and had to be doing something all the time, even it was just piddling. Having no children of their own, both Larry and Patricia loved children, and could not pass by a baby without stopping and loving on them. Larry never met a stranger and was a loyal friend who would do what he could to help others. It has been said that “No” was not a part of his vocabulary even when saying “Yes” meant driving someone home in the dead of night and giving out of gas on some back country road. He had a genuine love for others, putting their needs ahead of his own. Larry was a happy person who was always smiling, even in the midst of troubled times. A friend to everyone, Larry will be remembered for his beautiful smile, his sweet, gentle spirit, his generous, giving nature, and his loving acceptance of others. Oh! What joy to live such a life as this simple man who portrayed the love of Christ, his Lord and Savior.
Larry is also preceded in death by his sisters, Lucille H. Kilpatrick and Shirley H. Eskew; and brother, Wayne A. Herndon. Other survivors include his brothers, Richard W. Herndon (Virginia) of Twin City, Tommy G. Herndon of Wrens, Robert E. Herndon (Arleen) of Rincon, and Arlon Herndon (Connie) of Augusta; his sisters, Myrtle Lee Blackstone of Waynesboro, Clara H. Dukes (Henry) of Augusta, Emily H. Goninan (Lance) of Martinez, and Georgia Ann Phillips (Gene) of Register; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home Saturday, September 30, 2017 one hour prior to services—from 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free!