Larry Ray Atwood
Larry Ray Atwood died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, late in the afternoon. Larry was born on Sept. 18, 1935 to Ruth and Ray Atwood of Willard, Missouri. Larry's Mother died when he was twelve years old, following her death he was cared for and loved by his Grandmother, Maude Huff.
He attended school in Willard, Missouri graduating in 1953. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Monroe as a radio operator. Following his time in the service he returned to Springfield and received his Undergraduate Degree from SMS (MSU), his Masters Degree from Drury College, and a Specialists Degree from Warrensburg. He married Betty Ann Hampton in August 1953. His teaching and coaching career began in Weaubleau, Missouri. From there to Clever, Missouri for three years and then on to Buffalo, Missouri where he lead the basketball team to a State Title in 1965 and a Runner-up finish in 1967.
In 1968, Larry moved to Greenwood Laboratory School in Springfield, Missouri where he taught and coached for 26 years. During his tenure at Greenwood, he was also the Director of the Annual Blue & Gold Tournament. He was a well known fast-pitch softball pitcher. When Larry retired from coaching he took his teaching skills to Missouri State University for 12 years before retiring. Larry was part of the game-day table crew for the Missouri State Basketball teams until this past season. Larry was a college official for both basketball and football. He was a member of the Willard High School Sports Hall of Fame, the Springfield Area Softball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty, their three children, Lori Webb and her husband Mike Webb, Leslie McKee and her husband Steve McKee, Lynda Atwood and his sister Linda Clay as well as extended family. His grandchildren are Jesse Webb and his wife Rachael, Ellie Webb, Kiley McKee and Morgan McKee. Larry enjoyed gardening, golfing with his dear friends and spending time at the lake with his family. His family would like to thank his many friends for their love and support.
Services for Larry will be 12:30 P.M. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East. Interment with full military honors will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Larry's name to a
Greenlawn Funeral Home East - Springfield
3540 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65809
Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 5, 2014