Larry Bridges
1936 - 2021
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Brownwood- Frazier Lawrence "Larry" Bridges Jr., age 84, professional artist, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 8, 2021, at his home. Larry was born September 14, 1936, to Frazier L. and Mabel (Tate) Bridges in Dallas, Texas.

Graveside Services for Larry will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Granbury Cemetery in Granbury, with Don Walden officiating; visitation will be held prior to the graveside from 9 to 11 a.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Larry graduated from Lubbock High School in 1954, where he played cornet in the band and also played tennis. After high school he joined the Navy Reserves from 1954 to 1962 while attending college at Texas Tech University. He majored in Advertising Art & Design and was a member of the Tech Advertising Club, Alpha Delta Sigma Fraternity, and was Advertising Manager for the university newspaper. After college, he opened his own advertising agency and print shop, Production Art and Advertising. He also worked for various department stores in advertising including Hemphill-Wells.

He worked for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper for 19 years as an Advertising Account Executive where he was well-versed in fashion and commercial advertising and was a top salesman.

In 1985, Larry began showing his work as a full-time artist and received many First Place and Best of Show awards. He was at one time a member of the Texas Wild Bunch Professional Artists Association, an elite group of Texas full-time professional artists, and his art was displayed at invitation-only shows, galleries, museums, and fine art festivals. His beautiful, highly detailed pen and ink drawings were admired by many for realistically capturing nostalgic subjects, landmarks, and period settings. He was well-known in Texas for his college, as well as his courthouse drawings. He was especially proud that several of his original drawings of the University hung in the Board of Regents Hall and other departments at Texas Tech University, his beloved alma mater.

Larry married the love of his life, Sharon Walden, on November 19, 1988. For more than thirty years, he and Sharon owned and managed his art business, traveling together to show his work at many fine art shows including the Denton Jazz Festival, as well as the State Fair of Texas, major rodeos (San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Houston), and many others. They were avid members of the Wally Byam Airstream Club for years and made many friends through their travels.

Larry was well-known by his family and many friends as a kind, humble man who loved the Lord with all of his heart. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always met friends and strangers with a warm smile. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his children dearly and they were in his thoughts daily.

Larry is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children: Karen Richardson, Mary Tim Meeks and husband Tom, Barbara Deason, and Philip Bridges; grandchildren: Shawn Meeks and wife Sara, Lauren Wood and husband Kenny, Crystal Meeks, Bradley Bridges, Sarah Bridges, Jaryd Richardson, and Jenée Richardson; great-grandchildren: Abel Meeks, Roman Meeks, Delilah Meeks, and Alexis Wood; and godchild, Victoria Wiese.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Frazier and Mabel (Tate) Bridges; and sister, Juanita Stanovsky.

Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 24, 2021
Sharon, and family. I am so saddened to learn of Larry's passing, but knowing his faith and love of the Lord, comfort shall be given to those of loved and knew him. We probably have 20 pieces of his art that we have cherished over the years. As a young lawyer back in the 80's, I was searching for courthouse prints for my office. I could find none. My wife and I were visiting my family in Lubbock, and while we were at the mall, there was Larry and Sharon, those friendly and happy faces, greeting everyone who passed their kiosk. We stopped, and the friendship for years to come began. We bought what courthouses in had at the time, and over the years, others as he drew them. They hung in my office for years until just recently. I even had the title company I was affiliated with commission him to draw "Old Red" in Dallas, and Larry gave me signed and numbered copy #1. I love it. The best though was when I sent ask him to draw a print of our small rustic lake cabin at Possum Kingdom Lake, as a surprise for my wife. I sent him pictures and he said he'd take care of it. What I didn't know is that he didn't particularly care for the pictures I took, so unknown to me, he went to the lake, took his own pictures, and one day called and said, "Your print is ready. I'm at a show in Granbury. It was amazing. My wife was so happy, and it hangs in the house to this day. I cannot tell you how many times we would visit with Larry and Sharon at shows in Grapevine, the State Fair, or on the phone, an amazing couple. I'll miss you Larry, but you will be in the hearts of all your friends and customers. God bless you Sharon.
Jay S Turner
Friend
January 20, 2021
May God Bless you and be with you throughout this trying time. Know that your family continues to love and support you. Larry was the sweetest, kindest and nicest person to have especially as a brother-in-law We loved him and will always remember him as a gentle soul with a wonderful spirit full of the Lord’s grace.
Clestell Foreman
Family
January 15, 2021
Larry was a truly amazing man! He brought joy to everyone he met. Truly a gifted artist. I will miss him dearly.
Christine Teaff
Friend
January 14, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss! I knew Larry from the newspaper and , then, from our business at Frame Mart. We will miss him. He was so talented and a just such a nice person.
Mark and Debbie Clark
January 14, 2021
Larry will be missed. Thankful for Larry being my dad's best friend for many years and for being the friend he has been to our entire family. A man of great talent as an artist and a kind soul. We have all been blessed to have known Larry. Love and prayers to all the family.
Stan Cribbs
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