Larry W. Parr was born on December 9, 1942, in Athens, to the late Ruth Lee Couch Parr and Roy W. Parr.
Larry was a graduate of Athens High School (class of 1960); the University of Georgia, where he studied history; and Georgia State University, where he received his master's degree in history. He met his partner of 52 years at Mercer University, in Macon.
Following graduation from UGA, where he was a big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs football, Larry taught social studies in the Madison County Schools. In the mid-sixties, he and his partner moved to Atlanta, where both taught at Forest Park High and worked at night with Delta Air Lines. After several years of teaching in Clayton County Schools, Larry went full-time with Delta, working as a reservations supervisor and later in pricing and tariffs at Delta's Atlanta headquarters. During these years, Larry also published several genealogy books, some of which are available in public libraries across the country.
Taking early retirement from Delta, Larry continued his airlines career with S.I.T.A., a French aeronautical company, where he trained third-world airline ticketing personnel, first in Atlanta, followed by onsite training in places like Russia, Africa, the Seychelles, Egypt, and the Far East.
Mr. Parr is survived by his sister, Charlotte Parr Johnson; partner, Luke Callaway; sister-in-law, Rita Parr; nephews, Don (Diane) Parr and Dan (Robin) Parr; nieces, June (Don) Hammond and Lisa Grier; great-nephews, Kevin (Lauren) Hammond, and Daniel, Michael, and Chris (Brooke) Parr; great-nieces Brooke (Dave) Peccia and Drake Vissering; great-great-nephews, Easton Parr and Andrew Peccia; and great-great-nieces, Caroline Peccia and Kyler Hammond.
Funeral services for Mr. Parr will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, at Princeton United Methodist Church, 2390 South Lumpkin Street, in Athens. The Revs. Bill Maxey and DeeDee Lawson will officiate.
Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens. The pallbearers will be Dan Parr, Don Parr, Kevin Hammond, Steve Burris, Mark Camp, and Joe Cano.
Visitation with the family will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Bridges Funeral Home, Inc.
3035 Atlanta Highway
Athens, GA 30606
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Feb. 22, 2013