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Larry Dwayne Bern

Montgomery - Larry Dwayne Bern (70), a life-long resident of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kathleen and Saul Bern, and his father-in-law, Thomas Leon "Bull" Cochran. Larry is survived by his loving wife of more than fifty years, Claire, his three children and two sons-in-law, Lara and Jonathan Knight, Elizabeth and Jacob Dubin, and Eric Bern, and his three grandchildren, Sid Spear, Max Dubin, and Lila Claire Dubin. Larry is also survived by his siblings, Debbie and Richard Bern, Sue Ann Stinson, Marilyn and Bruce Ming, and Gail and Joe Cochran, and his mother-in-law, Marilyn Cochran.

Larry graduated from Sidney Lanier High School with Claire and together they attended and graduated from the University of Alabama. He was a Zeta Beta Tau and served as pledge class president. Larry received a degree in accounting and a masters in accountancy with honors from the Culverhouse College of Business. He was recruited by Coopers & Lybrand and quickly promoted. Larry and Claire returned to Montgomery where he practiced public accounting for more than forty-five years.

Larry was dedicated to providing service to his clients and giving back to the community. He loved his work family at Bern, Butler, Capilouto, and Massey. Larry's life was a true example of unselfish giving and volunteer work. He served on numerous boards and foundations, always to ultimately serve the role as chair or president. To name some that were dearest to his heart, Larry was a founding member of the Family Sunshine Center, president of the Brantwood Children's Home, president of the Downtown YMCA, treasurer of the Central Alabama Community Foundation, and president of Saint James School. Larry also served in the Alabama National Guard.

At the Church of the Ascension, Larry served as Lay Reader and Verger. He cooked and delivered countless meals for Meals on Wheels with best friend, the late Sam Dolman. Every Thursday morning for over a decade he cooked breakfast for the Men's Prayer Breakfast and was well-known for making the best bacon. Larry treasured his 4:00 a.m. Wynlakes workout friends. Larry loved his Goddaughter, Jennifer Henig Trott, "Baby Jenn."

Larry loved Alabama football and the game of golf. Larry's only desire was to spend time with his wife, his children and grandchildren, and his friends. Larry was a devoted husband, a beloved father, and the most wonderful "Papa."

A celebration of his life will be conducted by the Reverend Candice B. Frazer on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension, in Montgomery, Alabama with a reception to follow. Honorary Pallbearers are Jeff Blitz, Michael Butler, David Capilouto, E. Larry Capilouto, Joe Davis, Bill Garrett, Michael "Moose" Goldner, Jerry Grant, Larry Grogan, John Henig, Mike Henig, Bill Knox, Jeff Kohn, Steve Lichter, Cliff Massey, Jake Mendel, Eddie Raymon, Alan "Rocky" Rothfeder, John Shannahan, Don Vaughn, Charles Voltz, and Henry Weatherly.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Ascension, the Family Sunshine Center, the Brantwood Children's Home, and the Montgomery Humane Society.

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Published in Montgomery Advertiser from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14, 2021.
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February 10, 2021
Dear Claire,
I’m sure that you do not remember me but I am Ellis’s little brother. Ellis would sometimes take me with him when he would go out. You, Larry, and all of y’all were always so nice to me, even though I was that little kid. I have very fond memories of all of Ellis’s friends, especially Larry. My heart goes out to you and your family
Jack Weiss
February 10, 2021
As zi wrote on Eric’s FB post, I was in school with Larry all the way thru Floyd Jr. High, Lanier, and UA, but we ran in different circles. Where I got to know Larry was in Sunday School at Normandale Baptist, and he was just one of the most genuine and thoughtful persons ever. Our careers took us on different paths, but I remember the last time our paths crossed was in late 1974 or early 1975 at a convenience store in Homewood, AL. Thankfully we reconnected on FB, and at least got to know a little something about our lives over the past 46 years. I’m so sorry and will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.
Robert Prescott
February 10, 2021
Dear Claire and family, I am heartbroken for you over your tremendous loss. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you in your sadness and give you comfort and peace. May we all grasp a little more the importance, hope, and joy of eternal life with our Savior. Sending love and prayers .... Sybil Logan Johnson
Sybil Johnson
February 10, 2021
Larry was a big part of my childhood. Our backyards we nearly back to back and we played in the field behind his house. Claire and children, I am sorry for your loss. I hope the memories will bring comfort and peace in your hearts.
Barbara Clein
February 9, 2021
He was a good friend, a giving person and will be missed by so many.
Bill knox
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