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Larry Lewis

Larry Lewis, 71, of Forest, VA died peacefully on October 31, 2021.  He was the loving husband of Susan Lewis for nearly 50 years.

Larry was born on September 7th, 1950, in Suffolk, VA, a son of the late Edward Lee and Nellie Cox Lewis. Later, the family relocated to Lynchburg, VA. Larry attended and graduated from Brookville High School in 1968, and he supported them for remainder of his life. In 1996, he created and maintained their high school website, and was honored at a football game with “Larry Lewis Night” – A tribute to his contributions in the Brookville community.

Larry worked as a systems analyst and computer programmer for Babcock & Wilcock, Framatome, & Areva, where he had a very long and successful career.  Larry was a member of Heritage Baptist Church, where he and Susan attended since 1983.  He was an avid Ham Radio operator (WB4JBJ / K4LYL), and an active member of the American Relay Radio League.  He enjoyed learning about electronics, and he built and maintained the Ham Radio repeater station atop Thaxton Mountain.

Larry enjoyed bowling and was a member of several local bowling leagues during the 70’s and 80’s. He also served as an administrator and created a computer-aided system to keep scores and records for the league. Larry also enjoyed music, playing the piano and singing bass in a barbershop quartet. His favorite band was the Beatles, although he also enjoyed a large variety of music. He also worked as a sound engineer for several local bands. Larry also enjoyed working on cars and racing his blue Chevy Chevelle in the 70’s.  He later became a fan of Volkswagens, especially the Rabbit.  He remained a Volkswagen man until the end.

Larry was dedicated to his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He liked to go on family vacations, and his favorite place was the beach.  He also enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons, Zack, and Ryan.  He always supported them in sports or other activities, even when he had to travel to another state to see them. Larry also enjoyed teaching his family about electronics and technology, and they have learned a lot from him over the years.

Larry was a genuinely kind and caring person, who would always offer to help or share his knowledge with others. He never wanted anything in return for his work, and he was always generous with his time and abilities. Larry was loved and appreciated by his entire family, and they will miss him dearly. He trusted in Jesus Christ as his savior, and therefore we can have hope that we will see him again one day!

In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Arnold (Fordys) of Lynchburg; his grandchildren Zack and Ryan Arnold of Lynchburg; his brothers, Keith Lewis of Lynchburg, and Pat Lewis of Chesapeake; and his brother-in-law Bert Rowland (Brenda) also of Lynchburg.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews on both sides of his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother Eddie Lewis.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 11:00 am at Heritage Baptist Church, with Pastor Rodney Kidd officiating. A private burial will be held at Fort Hill Memorial Park after the service.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 11:00 am at Heritage Baptist Church, with Pastor Rodney Kidd officiating. A private burial will be held at Fort Hill Memorial Park after the service.

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Susan - Please know that I was saddened to hear of Larry's passing. You and he had shared so many years as husband and wife, I know you will miss him. I am rejoicing in the knowledge that Larry knew Jesus as his Savior and that your separation is only temporary...we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven! Hallelujah! With Love, Nancy Justice Lilly

Posted by NANCY LILLY on November 10, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family. I enjoyed working with Larry when I worked at the plant on Mt Athos Road. He was so gifted when it came to programing and computers--and everyone knew it! We asked him about programs and systems that he knew nothing about because we knew he would listen and try to help. May God be with his family and friends always.

Posted by Susan Steadman on November 8, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. I knew Larry through work since joining Framatome in 2004. He was always quick to help, and was very knowledgeable, as well as being very nice. He will definitely be missed by many here. God Bless.

Posted by David Latimer on November 8, 2021

I enjoyed working with Larry over the years. Praying for his family.

Posted by Sheila Moore on November 5, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family. We worked with Larry for many years and were blessed to have known such an intelligent and kind man. He loved his so family dearly. He would smile as he talked about spending time at the beach with his family. Larry not only was a good man, he was a great man. We will miss him...….

Posted by Ronnie & Gail Powers on November 5, 2021

I worked with Larry many years at the fuel plant on Mt. Athos. He always very kind and helpful. We always had a lot of good conversations. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Matt Forbes on November 5, 2021

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cynthia Gossom on November 4, 2021

So sorry for your loss Susan, prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Donna Creasey on November 4, 2021

So sorry for your loss Susan, prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Donna Creasey on November 4, 2021

Larry was my childhood neighbor and our work colleague and friend. He was committed to his family, community and work. When we think of Larry, kindness, calmness, helpfulness and capability come to mind. I especially appreciate, and will always remember, the many times he so graciously helped my mother with computer issues. Larry was truly an exceptional person. He will be greatly missed. Susan, Jennifer and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Scott and Cindy

Posted by Scott & Cindy Wilkerson on November 4, 2021

Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by Linda Williams Ketron on November 3, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! He was a wonderful man!

Posted by Wilson Tiffany on November 3, 2021

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