Larry L. West
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Hattiesburg resident Larry L. West, 72, died August 10, 2012 in Hattiesburg after a long battle with cancer.
He was born here in 1940 to Hiram and Martha (M.L.) West. He attended Rawls Springs schools, graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1958 and University of Southern Mississippi in 1962 with a degree in Mathematics.
Larry served two years in the United States Army and dedicated himself to further civil service by working over thirty years for the Department of the Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM) at Fort Lee, Virginia and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
He returned to Hattiesburg when he retired to spend time with his family and to restart the family farm. During his retirement years he enjoyed working the family farm, swimming, coin collecting (truck loads of them), traveling, vacationing in Orange Beach, Alabama and Alaska, and spending time with Shep, the farm dog. He was a dedicated "Ole' Miss" Alumni and baseball fan. He had a green thumb and loved educating himself about how to be a good farmer and grow the best grass for his cows. He taught his daughters to appreciate reading, the necessity of a higher education, and community service. He passed on his traits of being stubborn and having unfailing work and moral ethics.
Karen and Sheila would like to thank the staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for the years of care they provided and putting up with his grumpy self.
He is survived by daughter Karen West and Vernon Pelkey of Homer, Alaska and daughter Sheila and Scott Leppert of North Pole, Alaska, as well as their mother Millie Engstrand. Also, brother Gene West, aunt Sybil Steele, nephew Allen West, nieces Tracy West, Shree Cole and Stacey West, all of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and best friends Pat Debrow and Todd Stevenson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Martha West, numerous aunts and uncles, and his dog Shep.
The service will be Saturday at 2 p.m., at Rawls Springs Baptist Church with visitation from 1:30 to 2 p.m., at the church. The Rev. Michael Morgan will be officiating.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486 (713) 792-3450 www.mdanderson.org.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Aug. 17, 2012