March 18, 1947 ~ May 25, 2016

Born in: Millen, GA,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Our earthly love story has ended with the passing of my sweet husband. Larry died quietly at home in my arms on May 25, 2016, after an increasingly difficult, 12-year journey with Frontotemporal Dementia. Larry was the first of twins born to the late Levennia and J.C. Bargeron in Millen, GA. The family moved to Garden City, GA, in 1952, and Larry lived there and in Savannah until he moved to Fletcher, NC in 2011. He graduated from Groves High School and Armstrong State College and proudly served his country for four years in the U.S. Air Force. Larry retired from a career with the GA Dept. of Labor in 2004. His last position was in the Savannah Tax Unit. We met on the Fourth of July, 1976, and have loved each other in the fireworks called marriage since July, 1977. He was an avid fan of the GA Southern Eagles football team and missed only two home games between 1985 and 2011. He played baseball as a youth but soon discovered his true athletic talent was as a bowler. He had a sanctioned 300 game in 1993 and averaged 200 or more for several years. Larry was known for maintaining a beautiful yard, his childlike enjoyment of Christmas, and his large collection of Santas. This sweet man with a goofy sense of humor to whom I was blessed to be married had a special compassion for elderly people. Children and animals were drawn to his gentle and fun-loving nature. He was quick with a smile and usually had a humorous retort. He was always ready to lend a helping hand especially as a member of the Property Committee of the UU Church of Savannah. He loved his family above all else. He is greatly missed by his cherished wife, Bonnie, his twin brother, John Irvin Bargeron and his wife, Kim, several nieces and nephews including his goddaughter, Pamela Bargeron Jones, their children and many cousins. He is also survived by his brother- and sister-in-law, Lew and Jill Lightner of Hendersonville, NC, their daughters, and one new great-niece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Charles Arnold Bargeron. He is also being sadly missed by his beloved Aussie girl, Bailey, his "pretty boy" Amos, and his ball-playing buddy, Phantom. I hope that everyone he met has at least one happy memory of their encounter with Larry. He enjoyed making people smile and loved giving hugs. I was truly blessed that God put me in his path that Sunday in July and allowed me to experience all the happiness that being married to your best friend can bring. Our marriage was a complete partnership, and the love between us will continue through eternity. Larry will be cremated, and no formal service will be held. A Remembrance Gathering for Family and Friends is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the garden of the CarePartners Adult Day Services. Their staff is especially invited in appreciation of the loving care they provided to both Larry and me for the last two years. I also wish to thank CarePartners Hospice for their kindness. Give someone you love a hug, and, if you desire to make a donation in Larry's memory, please consider the CarePartners Adult Day Services (68A Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28803), Memory Care (100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803), or Keough's Stepping Out Team in the Walk to End Alzheimers http://act.alz.org/site/TR?px=6254425&pg=personal&fr_id=9137&et=giqsON8YnUPgvlh0sHkj9w). Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss Bonnie. I will remember Larry’s smile and how he liked the cookies we served at the Memory CafĂ© at Calvary Church.

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  2. I have had the honor to be his neighbor and his friend and been blessed with his constant smile and sense of humor. I will always love you Larry! You have enriched my life in many ways. I know you are with our God, but I miss you already.

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  3. Dearest Bonnie, I never had the pleasure of meeting Larry but from what I just read I sure wish I had. He sounded like an angel on earth, now an angel in Heaven watching over you. Please take good care of your self and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Heaven is enriched now
    A new Angel arrived
    Leaving us an example of
    Love for his wife an friends
    and living young and happy
    every day

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  5. So very, very sorry for the loss of your beloved Larry. I know he is smiling down on you Bonnie. He wiil watch over you and his furry kids too.

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  6. My dear Aunt Bonnie, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Uncle Larry was such a sweet man, I aspire to be like him. He has held a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember, he will still do so. I’m so thankful for the time we had together and the memories we made. Thank you for taking such amazing care of him. May you draw comfort knowing that he is watching over you from above. With love and hugs always.

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  7. Bonnie, this eulogy is the very essence of Larry as an individual and you two as a couple. I have known you well as long time clients and it is a pleasure to gain this special insight. You are a brave, loving woman who has taken exquisite care of your sweet husband. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

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  8. Bonnie, my heart goes out to you and the family, in your time of sorrow. Larry did many things I never knew and he was the love of your life. You and the best furry friends will be in my heart daily. Hugs

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  9. I recall Larry’s sweet smile and jokes. Constant good works on church property. And the annual bowling party ya’ll hosted for UUCS, so much fun and the chance of being the highest scoring (UU) bowler, honored on the plaque! I was so excited!

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  10. Bonnie, John & Kim, I am sorry to hear of Larry’s death. I pray comfort for you as you face the future without him.

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  11. I’m a friend of Pam Bargeron Jones. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful, loving obituary. May Larry rest in peace.

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  12. Bonnie, John & Kim, We’re so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our prayers go out to you for the comfort only God can give.

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  13. Bonnie – it is a beautiful obit, and so very true. Larry was one of the first people I met when I moved to Savannah to serve that congregation. He soon became my travel agent. He made my travel reservations, picked me up at the airport, and stopped at the convenience store to get me orange juice before driving me to LaQuinta where he had made reservations. When my time was done, he got me to the plane on time. The first and last thing I saw and felt on those trips was Larry’s beautiful smile and a true Larry hug. In so many ways he was the major support to my ministry at a difficult time in my life. I love that he knew me as long as we were able to visit. Larry and Bonnie you will remain in my heart as two of the best people I have known. Larry, your sweet smile continues to brighten the world. I love you and I miss you

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  14. What a beautiful and wonderful tribute to Larry and the marriage AND partnership that you two shared.//

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  15. Bonnie, So sorry to hear of Larry’s death. May you find peace and comfort in the loving memories that you eloquently shared in the obituary.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

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  16. I offer my condolences for your loss. Continue to lean on family and friends for support. God gives us hope and comfort at Isaiah 26:19 when we mourn on occasions like this. May you find the strength to endure the days ahead.

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  17. I am a friend of Pam Bargeron Jones. I pray for your comfort and peace. I hope that Larry can serve as an example for Uncles everywhere!

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  18. Bonnie, Buddy and I were so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Your love was one for the ages and I know he will always have a place in your heart. God bless.

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  19. I just heard the news. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please be encouraged and strengthened by the Creator’s promise at Isaiah 26:19, ‘Your dead will live.’ Larry and all of our dead loved ones have the prospect of coming back to life on a paradise earth to enjoy life the way the Creator originally intended. This hope of living on the earth was confirmed by Jesus himself. You can see Larry again. (Psalm 37:29; Matthew 5:5; Revelation 21:4,5; Isaiah 65:21-25)

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  20. Hey Bonnie, Larry was a very kind and gentle fellow. I am so glad I knew you both, at the Savannah UU Church. You two had a wonderful marriage, and enjoyed your 4-legged furry friends as well. When you are feeling lonely, take a critter on a walk, and find piece in their companionship. Remember, God spelled backward, is Dog! Know that your 4-legged friends are missing Larry as well.

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  21. I can not even imagine the deep heartfelt loss you are going through.

    I always enjoyed the great times Matthew and I had during Christmas at your house. It was like a little wonderland. Larry enjoyed decorating inside and out, and was a kid at heart. Larry was a sweet and loyal husband to you.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Anytime you need me , please call.
    Extra prayers are being sent your way..

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  22. Dear Bonnie, I just found out about Larry’s passing when Nellie Dunbar called me today. She had just heard also. So sorry to be this belated. We moved to SW FL. I’m sure I speak for Nellie also that we botched loved Larry very much. He was a joy to work with and he was so smart. He worked so hard, loved his job and his co- workers. It just was never the same after he retired. I was lucky enough to have worked under him at 17. He taught me and Nellie a lot! We adored you both & enjoyed the times we spent with you. As a former caregiver for people with this disease, I know how hard it must have been for you. I’m so glad he had you! He loved you so much and the dogs! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, Nellie’s also. Sending love and prayers!

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