Larry "Mike" Mixon
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Depending on when you met him, you may have known him as Larry, or you may have known him as "the real Mike Scott".
He began, though, as Larry Madison Mixon; born to Herbert & Melba Mixon of Atlanta, LA on November 28, 1942. Raised on "Mixon Hill" as an only child, he was molded into a hard worker watching his father make a living as a carpenter. He was taught respect, love, and southern etiquette by his mother, an accomplished school teacher. There were many cherished memories of time spent in Lafayette, New Orleans & Monroe with "the blood" - his cousins John Baxter, Joe Herpin & Carolyn Carter. Many nights spent on the farm listening to WLAC AM on a crystal radio fueled his passion for something he couldn't learn behind a plow - music! After returning from a year at Chamberlain Hunt Military Academy and then graduating from Atlanta High School, he set out for Memphis, TN to learn about radio. He returned to Monroe where he attended Northeast Louisiana State College and worked as a disc jockey - enter Mike Scott. This time afforded him countless opportunities to meet and learn from musicians from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson to James Brown. Soon his passion and talent for live music out shined spinning albums and he embarked on a music career as a bass player. Touring all across North America, he performed with legends such as Michael Landon, Roy Clark, Jody Miller, George Lindsey and The Hager Twins. In 1973 he caught the eye of a beautiful young brunette, and soon she had his heart. After a rigorous screening by her five very large brothers, Margie French became his wife. Not only did he gain a wife, but he also gained the siblings he always wanted - the late Carl French, Luke French, Steve French, JoAnne Hagan, Lizz King, Donald French, Dennis French, and their families. The newlyweds continued on the adventure of his music career until the birth of their son, Derek. His desire to stay home and be a father overcame his love of music. He began working at the GM Plant in Monroe where he made many lasting friends. Soon they welcomed a baby girl, Misti. After leaving GM, he worked as an electrical engineer in the booming Louisiana oil patch, making frequent trips home to be with his young family. Throughout the next 30 years, Larry continued to work as an engineer, building a successful contracting company, Mixon Hill Electric. He eventually settled into the automotive industry where he worked in many different capacities and locations. In all of the positions he held over those years, he served with excellence, always seeking to improve processes and learn from those around him. But all of the passion he held for music, combined with the knowledge he acquired in work could not have prepared him for the three granddaughters that would melt his heart. After giving Misti in marriage to Joel Stone of West Monroe, they blessed him with Ema, and later Ellie - baby blondes that loved their "Mike" with whole hearts. Derek moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his own musical career and married Andrea Stigleman. Just three years ago they welcomed into the world beautiful Vivian; whose big brown eyes captivated Mike from the start.
So whether you knew him as Larry or Mike, odds are you learned something from him in the time you spent with him. A firm handshake, a determination to live life to the fullest, an expectation of excellence (from himself and from those around him), and a love of music and family - these are the things we take from him. Because of how he so intensely engaged everyone around him, many of the friends he had in life would consider him to be a brother (including one very special red-headed "sister", Rosie). Even his 95 year old mother-in-law, Juanita French, always thought of him as a son rather than a son-in-law.
The last weeks of his life were spent with countless visits from friends he made throughout his journey, sharing stories and memories. On July 9, 2013 he slipped from the hand of his adored wife of nearly 40 years, and entered the arms of his loving Savior.
You are invited to join with family and friends Friday, July 12, from 5 - 8 p.m. in West Monroe, LA at Mulhearn's Funeral Home to tell stories and remember all of the things we love about Larry. We will celebrate this life well-lived on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Mulhearn's West Monroe Chapel.
Online Registry/ Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
Mulhearn Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA
Mulhearn Funeral Home Inc
300 Mcmillian Rd West Monroe, LA 71291
Published in The News Star on July 12, 2013