Larry Wayne Ginn, 84, passed away April 12, 2023. Visitation will be from 10 A.M. until 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 17, 2023 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Graveside services will be at noon, Monday, April 17, 2023 at Bernice Cemetery in Bernice, Louisiana under the care and direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home-Ruston. Rev. Dale Oden will officiate.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, A.W. and Aldena Ginn and brother, David Lynton Ginn. He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Wanda Paine Ginn of Ruston; children, Chad Ginn of Ruston and Mandy Galloway and Josh of North Richland Hills, Texas; granddaughters, Reanne Ginn and Jaisle Bailey; sister, Anita Hicks; and sister-in-law, Peggy Ginn, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Chris Barr, Jesse Culbertson, Kenneth Culbertson, Keith Ginn, and D.J. Odom. Honorary pallbearers are Josh Galloway, Kenny Ginn, Ray Harris, Donny Odom, and Johnny Paine.
Larry graduated from Downsville High School as salutatorian of his class. After serving in the Army, he worked at Bernice Manufacturing as a supervisor, and then worked for Lewis’ and Company as Assistant Manager/Buyer of Lewis’ Stagg Shop for 34 years. He was a prolific cruciverbalist, enjoying the most challenging crossword puzzles, especially during his illness. Making birthdays and Christmas special for his family brought him great joy. Larry was a kind, God-fearing person with quiet deep faith in our Lord, and a strong love for his family. He read his Bible through several times, and for over 40 years enjoyed teaching Sunday School to Temple Baptist Church fifth graders. When he no longer had the energy to read his devotional and Bible each day, he asked his wife to read aloud to him, even up until his last days. He listened intently, always asking, “just read one more?” God was faithful to Larry throughout his illness. He and Wanda often talked about the blessings that came from his illness.
Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Disease robbed him of his health but he kept his sense of humor, often chiding his wife for losing hers. His amazing neurologist, Dr. Meghan Harris of Shreveport, helped Larry have almost three years of better health following his diagnosis. The family wants to thank Haven Home Health physical therapists Tonya McCulloch and Lyndsey Pyles, for their loving persistence in helping him stay mobile, as well as Allegiance Hospice for their love, support, and care during this very difficult time. A special thank you to Pam Kennedy who only got to sit with him for the last three weeks, but he bonded with her immediately. We greatly appreciate his sister Anita who spent many hours keeping him company.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Parkinson Resource Center, fund #0809, at Louisiana Tech University Foundation, P.O. Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272, in memory of Larry W Ginn.
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