Larry V. Brown, 77, died from heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 in his home in Greer, South Carolina.
Larry was born on Sept. 16, 1942 in Leavenworth, Kansas. A graduate of Leavenworth High School, he was a celebrated athlete in football, played in American Legion baseball and Ban Johnson Leagues. Larry was committed to youth sports, coaching A.L. baseball teams in Topeka, Kansas, and attending many A.L. World Series. He was a fan of KU Basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Larry graduated from Washburn University in 1968. He was a Sales/Marketing Executive for sporting goods companies, Wilson, Rawlings and Allegheny, and also an NCAA Division I football referee. He later owned and operated retail shops in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, Wintergreen Resort, Virginia, The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Amelia Island Resort, Florida. At The Grove Park Inn, Larry ran the largest Civil War sculpture exhibition in the U.S. He retired in 2012.
Larry spent 23 years in Asheville and was an Area Chairman of Ducks Unlimited. He loved nature, camping, hunting, traveling, a good meal and a beer. Larry touched many hearts and was devoted to his family and friends.
Larry is survived by his wife Barbara Brown; daughter, Ashley Klumb (Hugh), Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, their children, Logan and Hannah; stepdaughter, Ann Heatherington (Clint), Sunnyside, New York; stepson, Matthew Jank (Julie), Jackson, Michigan, grandchildren, Rachel Bergy (Kevin), Michael Jank, Adam Jank; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Micah; The McGlinn Clan, Plymouth, Michagan; brother, Bob Brown, Kansas City, Kansas; brother, Keith Brown (Susan), Olathe, Kansas, their children, Kyle, Olathe, Kansas, Courtney Shondell, Prairie Village, Kansas; sister, Janice Fulks (Terry), Shady Shores, Texas, their children, Joshua, Frisco, Texas, Shannon, Plano, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarkson and Muriel Brown.
Contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Washburn University, The Nature Conservancy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or to a charity of your choosing. Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.