Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Larry Fox, a long-time Georgetown resident who has served the community in many capacities, died on Friday, May 10, at the age of 69.
He is remembered by family and friends as a kind and generous man who gave his time to help others.
Fox was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Lide Williams Sunday School Class.
He was a graduate of Winyah High School and The Citadel.
Fox was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent, awarded for his exemplary performance and contribution to the community.
He was involved in numerous community activities and services to include the Georgetown Planning Commission, Lions Club, Service Over Self, American Legion, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the NRA, and the Jamestowne Society.
Funeral services for Fox were held yesterday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ted Sherrill officiating.
Sherrill said Fox was “a singularly great man” who was faithful to serving in any way.
At the church, he served as chairman of the deacons, and took part in establishing the church’s Faith Evangelism Ministry.
“Larry was a guy who could quietly work behind the scenes, but he could take a leadership role if we called upon him,” Sherrill said.
“When he wasn’t in a leadership role, he was happy to be there and do whatever it took. Larry was a blessing to our church and our entire community.”
Tommy Pope, Fox’s lifelong friend and fellow Lion for more than 40 years, said Fox was “the type of person everybody admired and appreciated for what he did for the community and the Lions Club.”
“He was a true Southern gentleman who loved his family, his country and his church,” Pope said. “Larry was an all around good guy.”
Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville, who has known Fox for about 20 years, added that Fox was an animal lover, taking his dog Ellie with him wherever he went, even City Council meetings.
“That dog was a real character in her own right,” Scoville said. “Larry was really good with her and she was an extremely well trained dog.”
Another long-time friend, Mack Daniels, was a fellow deacon at First Baptist Church and worked with Fox in the Employer Support for National Guard and Reserve program.
“Losing Larry will leave a big hole in the community,” Daniels said. “Some people are joiners and Larry was a joiner, but he was functional in every group he joined.”
Daniels said one of Fox’s biggest jobs was coordinating the annual NRA banquet.
“That was a lot of work to raise money and get prizes for that event,” Daniels said.
Daniels and his son recently traveled for two weeks across Canada with Fox, his wife and his brother-in-law.
“A lot of people knew Larry and loved him and I never heard anybody say anything bad about him,” Daniels said. “He was a good husband, a good father and a good friend.”
Fox leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Diane Ward Fox of Georgetown; a daughter, Suzanne Walcott Fox of Georgetown and her fiancé Miles West; two sons, Lawrence Warren Fox and his wife Retta of Florence, S.C. and Brandon Douglas Fox and his wife Anna of Georgetown; and two granddaughters, Jenna Marie Fox and Lilly Danielle Fox, both of Florence.
By Clayton Stairs