Larry Smelley, Sr.
December 8th, 1940 - September 12th, 2017
Lawrence Denny “Larry” Smelley, Sr. age 76, of Florence, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be Saturday, September 16th from 1:00 pm until 2:50 pm at Spry~Williams Funeral Home. The memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel.
He is a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School (Montgomery, Al.) Florence State University and served in the Alabama Air National Guard. Larry worked for the Alabama Department of Public Safety as a cadet, a state trooper and achieved the rank of Sergeant with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Additionally he taught criminal justice classes at Northwest-Shoals Community College. He retired in 1982 and opened a private investigative business; Legal Research Services.
An avid fisherman, Larry could be found most weekends in his boat on Shoals Creek in Happy Hollow casting for "A hawk". In addition to fishing, he enjoyed golf, the Auburn Tigers, UNA Lions, taking road trips with friends, spending time with his children, grandchildren, doing his daily crossword puzzles, and spending as much time as possible in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jessie Smelley and his brother, Joe Smelley, Jr. Survivors are his children, Denny Smelley and Lori Smelley Yearick (Matt); mother of his children, Brenda Freeman; step-sister, Diana James; grandchildren, Jackson, McKenna, Annaclaire, and Byron; several nieces and nephews.
Honorary members for the memorial service are Tommy Williams, Denver H. Tidwell, Harold L. Carson, Harold Newell, J.T. McLemore, Mike Jemison, Tim Davis, Tony Perkins, Jonathan Richards, and Larry Rue.
In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arresting Officers Trust Fund, 4204 Highway 31 South, Decatur, Alabama 35603 (Attn:) Annette White. You may sign the guest register at sprywilliams.com. Many thanks to Dee Mussleman and the staff at Eldercare for the incredible loving service they provided.
Immediately following the service, the family invites you to join them at the Elks Lodge, 2550 Chisholm Road, Florence, Alabama 35630 to gather, for food, fun and reminiscing of Larry.
Service at 3:00 PM at Spry~Williams Funeral Home on Saturday, September 16th, 2017