West Columbia – Larry W. Parker, 53, passed away early Wednesday morning suddenly from a massive heart attack.
He leaves behind his loving wife Sam, daughter Brandi, father-in-law Elmer Outlaw, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He will be missed dearly by his family and his friends.
A service celebrating Larry’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Murray’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Cayce. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pets Inc. at PETSinc.org.
Larry grew up on Sumter St in W. Cola. and was part of the famous "Sumter St. Gang - which consisted of ring master Vincent, Skeeter, Larry and other young men who prefer not to be mentioned. LOL !!
As part of Larry's initiation for this "gang", & because he was the youngest, he had to ride a bike over a ramp. This bike had no seat, no brakes, and loose handle bars. How do you think that worked out ?!?! Needless to say, everyone in their "gang" got their "bottoms blistered". Knowing Larry's momma. Ruth, and Vincent's momma, Evelyn, they most likely got "blistered" at least twice.
There was a small pond close to their house, back in the woods. Ruth, their mom, caught Skeeter and Larry there (along with the rest of the "gang"). She whipped them all the way back to the house with a switch. That night the boys had to eat supper standing up... Ruth told them to never go back. But as young boys, we know how that worked out - of course they went back. But this time the boys had a "look out". The neighborhood "gang" had worked out a plan to have a raft hooked to a rope so that someone could take turns pulling with a "Look Out" of course !!
When they were young teenagers, Skeeter & Larry came up with the Bright idea that they could just "Borrow a couple of their Dad's "Miller Ponies" !! But of course Dad knew right away - he had them Counted !! The boys got their reward - a sermon and a butt cutting !!!
When Larry was 12 he went to Vella's and got a job - but that didn't last but about a day. When he turned 13, he went back to Vella's and got a job. Larry was a big admirer of Mr Vella and learned a ton about the restaurant business, how to treat people and life in general. He worked there until he was recruited to work at the Kingsman. He then worked there for almost 20 years. He came to know just about Everyone !!!!! From there he went to work at Murray's until he was diagnosed with diabetes and charcot foot. Most of you know that Larry has worn special shoes and a special brace for years. This is what saved his feet. Because he was advised to get off of his feet, Larry went to work for Sam's dad, Elmer Outlaw at Chaircare in Wagener. Larry was a giant admirer of Elmer. He learned so much from him. He's been managing that business for years.
Last year Larry lived out a small dream - he, Sam, and friend Charles went to a pre-season Steeler's game. What an experience !!!!!
Larry and Sam actually met at the place her mom told her she would never meet a "nice guy" - a bar - The Famous Shirer !!! in West Columbia. 25 years later, he has always been the love of her life. Sam and Brandi have always felt so very lucky to have Larry !!! They truly cherish these years !!!
There are lots and lots of stories that could be told here today, but as you, his family and friends, sit here and remember them, I hope you will share them with each other.