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Lawrence F. Hurr

October 23, 1938 ~ October 22, 2017 (age 78)

Lawrence F. Hurr

Sylacauga, AL- Lawrence Fredrick Hurr (Larry) died on October 22, 2017 after an extended illness, just a day before his 79th birthday. He was born in Williamsport, PA the oldest child of Clarence (Bud) and Martha Hurr where he grew-up working on the 100 acre family produce farm situated on the banks of the Susquehanna river. Growing up on the family farm instilled a life-long love for Larry of nature and working with plants and he spent many happy hours improving the yards of his various residences over the years.

In 1957 Larry married his High School sweetheart Mary Ellen Regan and they proceeded to live in various locations while Larry completed his under graduate degree in Psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and later a Master’s in Psychology from McGill University in Quebec, CA. After graduating Larry applied his knowledge and expertise primarily to the education industry and much of his career was spent working for his alma mater, Lycoming College and as an Educational and Psychological Consultant for the local school district as well as an independent contractor for the private sector where his focus centered on training teachers to be more effective educators.

In 1979 Larry and Mary Ellen moved to North Carolina to join family where Larry continued his career as an educator and general sales manager in the security systems industry before eventually moving to Ocala, FL where he split his time working, volunteering as a mediator and trainer for local organizations, such as the American Bar Association and caring for his and Mary Ellen’s’ elderly parents. By 2004, Larry and Mary Ellen semi-retired to Sylacauga, AL to be near their daughter, Julie Smith and family where Larry enjoyed his retirement by traveling occasionally to visit family who were spread along the East coast, taking the stray odd job where he could utilize his skills in carpentry and landscaping and creating many innovative mixed media art projects that have displayed in local art galleries.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen of the home; his daughters, Lorrie Winkler and husband JD Winkler of Greensboro, NC and Julie Smith Sanders and husband Allen Sanders of Sylacauga, AL and son, Greg Hurr and wife Aida of Lexington, KY. Larry leaves behind two very beloved grandsons, Tyler Smith and Casey Hurr and a new great grandson, Max Smith. And siblings; brothers, Wayne Hurr and wife BJ of Annapolis, MD, Allen Hurr of Deerfield Beach, FL, and sister, Marilyn Rayhorn of Portsmouth, VA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Hurr, sister Tina Corter and brother-in-law Keith Rayhorn.

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