Laurence "Larry" Simpson, age 79, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away May 5, 2012, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Fla. He was born on July 26, 1932, in Birmingham, Ala., to Laurence and Anna (Etheredge) Simpson. Larry's family then moved to Miami where he was raised. He attended Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, Va., and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954 onboard the USS Hubbard (DD-748) and USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). He retired to Citrus County in 1994, from Boise, Idaho, where he had founded Idaho Souvenir Company (Western Image, Inc), a wholesaler of souvenirs and gifts in the northwest. He lived to fish and his passion led to paradise, when he and his wife found a piece of heaven in Riverhaven, Homosassa, Fla., in 1999.
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Larry was a loving, caring and gentle soul.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons Laurence Simpson III in 1991, and Michael Laurence Simpson in 2007.
Survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly (Heron) Simpson of Homosassa, FL; one son, Dwane Simpson of Arlington, VA; daughter-in-law, Sheila (Parker) Simpson, Nampa, Idaho; granddaughter Stephanie Simpson Henry(Carl), Apex, NC; and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Seth and Noah Henry.
Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Citrus County.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 9, 2012