Mr. Larry DeWayne Presley, age 78, of Opp, Alabama passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at his home.
Mr. Presley is survived by his wife, Glenda Arnette Presley; sons daughters-in-law, David Presley LeaAnn, Dr. Steven Presley Leanne and Neal Presley Abby; grandchildren, Ben, Annabeth, Gehrig, Ella and Nash; mother, Pauline Bedsole Presley; brother sister-in-law, Mike Presley Linda; brothers-in-law, Loyd Arnette, Robert (Kim) Arnette, Harry (Jane) Arnette; sisters-in-law, Deloris (Henry) Holmes and Patsy McKinnon; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Theron Presley.
Larry was born and raised in Florala, Al, prior to attending college at Auburn University and graduating with a degree in Pharmacy. While at Auburn, he met Glenda, with whom he shared 56 years of life. Auburn was always a special place for him; he was an avid fan and alumni supporter from the time he graduated for the remainder of his life, Larry was a “memory maker” who enjoyed spending his time and money creating game day memories with and for those he loved.
After beginning his pharmacy career in Hartselle, AL, the Crestview, FL, Larry and Glenda moved to Opp, Al, in 1968 where he began working at Clemons Drug Co. – later becoming owner and changing the name to Larry’s Prescriptions. Larry viewed his customers as family and treated them as such. In 2009, he was able to retire and transfer ownership to his son, Neal. A career highlight was his receiving the “Bowl of Hygieia” award for the state of Alabama. More than that, Larry found great satisfaction in recommending many bright young Opp students to pharmacy school and seeing them become pharmacists. Following his retirement, he loved farm life, being outdoors, and community service through groups such as the Trailmasters for Lake Frank Jackson Stat Park.
Having come to know Christ as a child, Larry sought to live in a way that others would see Christ through his actions. He had a servant’s heart. Whether he was making night time house calls to deliver medication, serving as a deacon, being with family, or merely helping a friend, he was most joyful when he was doing for others. He poured himself into the various roles he had through the years at First Baptist Church. Among his most impactful was sharing the Gospel message with hundreds of boys who came through the Royal Ambassadors program at the church.
For the past 21 years, he relished the role of Granddaddy – one for which he seemed a natural. Just as he did with numerous friends, he was able to make each grandchild feel special and know they were loved deeply. Truly, he left a legacy.
A graveside service for Mr. Larry Presley will be held at 11 am Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens. Wayne Sharpe will be officiating with Wyatt Funeral Home directing. Serving as pallbearers will be Jay Spurlin, Nolen Jackson, Merrill Culverhouse, Chad Boothe, Cory Spurlin and Ben Presley. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the First Baptist Church of Opp. The family request that all in attendance wear a mask and practice social distance regulations set forth by Governor Ivey and Alabama Public Health.
On Larry’s behalf, the family would like to thank the many friends and family who have ministered to them this year following Larry’s diagnosis. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 963, Opp, Alabama 36467.