Mr. Larry Lee Whybrew of Vilonia, a proud "Native Son" of Newport, departed from this life to live in eternal glory with his Savior Jesus Christ Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the age of 66.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Owen Whybrew, 1989 and his mother, Garnettie May (Baty) Whybrew, 1998.
The second youngest of his six siblings and the “Baby Brother,” Mr. Whybrew is survived and will be missed in this life by two brothers and three sisters, Richard Whybrew and wife, Laura, of Heber Springs, Harris Whybrew and wife, Cherie, of Lowell, Ind., May Bowen and husband, Carlis, of Jonesboro, Fay Cooley and Elvis Clark of Newport, and Mary McMillian and husband, Bill, of Mont Claire, Calif.; along with his many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Larry was born June 16, 1946, in Newport, the youngest son of Howard Owen and Garnettie May (Baty) Whybrew. Larry was a graduate of Newport High School Class of 1966. While there, he played football for the Newport Greyhounds, and earned the distinction as one of Newport’s best barefoot kickers. Upon graduation, Mr. Whybrew entered the U.S. Army. PFC Whybrew served his country from October of 1966 until he was honorably discharged in July of 1971. He was a proud Vietnam War Veteran. After his service to his country, Larry became a long time employee of the Ford Motor Company working in Indiana for several years. He accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized, and affiliated himself with the Baptist Denomination. As a resident of Vilonia, he attended the local Methodist Church’s evening service on a regular basis, and was very involved with his friends in social activities at the local Senior Center.
Mr. Larry Lee Whybrew’s life legacy is best described as “A Big Man with a Big Heart.” He was a genuine friend, a beloved son, brother, and uncle. His two greatest passions in life were his family and football. Larry loved Arkansas and Newport football and he amazed his friends and families with his ability to quote years worth of statistics and trivia about the Greyhounds and Razorbacks. He was particularly passionate about the “Old Southwest Conference” and his two older brothers' “Glory Days” at Newport High. Though he was a life-long bachelor, his children were his numerous nephews and nieces. When his grandfather Baty passed away, Uncle Larry took over the duties as “Santa Claus.” He continued this tradition on for his nephews and nieces, their children, and their children’s children.
Friends and family were cordially invited to a visitation Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jackson Newport Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held the following day, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Newport at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Whybrew’s funeral service will be officiated by his two oldest nephews, Edward “Eddie” Lee Cooley of Newport and Perry Owen Whybrew of Baton Rouge, La.
The interment will follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, where Larry Lee will be placed next to his beloved mother and father. Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Elvis Clark, Allen Blair, David Anders, John Pennington, Phil Whybrew, and Harold Whybrew.
To leave a condolence, view the guest book, or light a memorial candle, visit the Jackson Newport Funeral Home website at www.jacksonsfh.com.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.