Larry E. McCarver
October 23, 1944 - February 6, 2021
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, Larry McCarver, on February 6, 2021, at his home in Newport, Rhode Island. He left this life surrounded by his wife, Anne; children, Marianne, Lara, and Clint; and beloved dog KoPei.
Larry was born on October 23, 1944, in Corsicana, Texas, to Pauline Phinney McCarver and Edward Farley McCarver. He was preceded in death by his mother; his father; his sister, Rosemary; and his brother, William. He is survived by his wife, Anne McCarver, of Newport; daughters, Marianne Parker (Scott), of Parker, Colorado; Lara Frankovitch (Joe), of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and son, Clint McCarver, of Parker, Colorado. Also surviving Larry are six grandchildren: Ryan Parker, Erin Parker, Trey Frankovitch, Jonah Frankovitch, Eli Frankovitch and Keaton McCarver. Many cousins, nieces and nephews survive him as well.
Larry grew up in Corsicana, Texas, where he was proud to have never missed a day of school. At Corsicana High School, he served on the Student Council, was active in the Science and Mathematics clubs, and played on the tennis, football, and basketball teams. He was also a member of the National Forensics League, and in his senior year, won a medal for Persuasive Speaking in the Texas Interscholastic League competition. His high school classmates were a large part of his life, and joined all their get-togethers around the country.
In 1967, Larry graduated with a BA in History from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Texas Spurs and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Larry went on to earn a JD in Law from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970, and continued his education with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. In the mid-1970s, Larry worked in Perry, Oklahoma, at Ditch Witch International, where he was the company's Area Representative for Europe, the Mideast and Africa. As chairman of the administrative board at the First United Methodist Church in Perry, he led the campaign to erect a new church building.
Larry and Anne married in Oklahoma City in 1996. In 1999, they moved to Newport, where Larry joined TACO Comfort Solutions as Director of International Sales. During his 45-year career in international sales, he passionately explored five continents and positively affected the lives of his colleagues along the way. Larry loved to discover interesting locales and meet new people, and in the process touched the lives of many colleagues across the globe. The outpouring of support his family has received is evidence of the esteem in which he was held. Larry also loved to entertain international visitors in Newport, and his engaging travel stories were the main attraction. Whether in Rhode Island or abroad, Larry's colleagues sing his praises, remarking on his generosity, kindness, and grace under pressure.
In Newport, Larry was a member of Lodge 104 of the Elk's Club, the Newport Yacht Club, the Top of the Hill neighborhood association and St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He was also a guest speaker for Bryant University's World Trade Day. During his last year at TACO, Larry was instrumental in the company being given a U.S. Department of Commerce E Award, honoring organizations that contribute significantly to the effort to increase U.S. exports.
If one word could describe Larry and Anne's 25 years of marriage, it was togetherness. They loved nothing more than each other's company, whether watching television at home, entertaining Newporters and out-of-towners, expanding their horizons in Romania, Sweden and other countries, or traveling on one of Larry's business trips to the Middle East or China. At home in Newport, Larry spent many mornings having breakfast with some of his many friends at Gary's Handy Lunch, afternoons enjoying the backyard garden with his dog KoPei, and evenings at the Newport Yacht Club with a glass of fine wine.
A private family burial will take place in Gladewater, Texas. And once everyone is thankfully inoculated against COVID, Celebration of Life events will be held in Newport, Oklahoma City, and Corsicana, Texas.
The family asks you to celebrate Larry's life by loving your family with all your heart; enjoying breakfast at your local diner; rooting for Bucknell University wrestlers; sipping a glass of wine as you tell stories with friends in the backyard; listening to Celtic women's Irish music; traveling and meeting new people around the world; making friends and family laugh; sneaking treats to your dog; and being patient, kind, and loving.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 12 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840 (www.stpaulsumnewportri.com
). If sending a check, please specify the Larry McCarver Memorial Fund in the memo line.