Larry James Smith

Larry James Smith, 77, passed away on June 29, 2024, in Amarillo, Texas. Born on August 22, 1946, in Farmington, MO. Larry’s early life in Missouri surrounded by family, set the stage for a lifetime of adventure and a variety of interests that reflected his vibrant personality.

Larry served in the Army. After his service, he established a successful career as a house painter and carpenter, skills that he took pride in. If it was broken, he could fix it.

Beyond his professional life, Larry was a man of many passions. He was an avid fisherman and a devoted reader, especially fond of old western novels by authors like Louis L’Amore. His love for darts, pool, and the short-lived thrill of bull riding, were testament to his spirited nature. Larry’s affinity for old western movies often saw him reliving the dusty trails and gun-slinging heroes of a bygone era through the silver screen.

Larry’s commitment to his family and friends was steadfast. He is survived by his brother, Roy Easter and sister-in-law, Michelle Easter; sisters, Paula ‘Kittie’ O’Cairre and Lisa Easter; nephews, Goku Patterson, Stephen Newberry, John Pappan, Jacob Easter, Ryan Easter, Brandon Easter, and Mika Easter; and niece, Elizabeth Read, along with many great nieces and great nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his grandmother, Clara Elizabeth Yowell; grandfather, Bud Yowell; mother, Wilma Faye Yowell Easter; and brothers, William Dean Smith and Glen “Doug” Smith.

Larry’s life was a journey that took him across the United States, always eager to explore new places and experience new adventures. His legacy is carried forward not just in the memories of those who knew him, but also in the spirit of the stories he loved, echoing the adventures of the western heroes he admired. As we remember Larry, we reflect on a life well-lived, full of passion and dedication. His story is not just told through the words here but continues in the hearts of those who loved him, and let me tell you, he was loved.

1 Comment

  1. Jeff Quinlin

    Larry what an honor to know you. Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation during a very hard time. Until we meet again on Fiddler’s Green I will remember your eyes always full of life and your peaceful spirit 🫡

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *