Lawrence “Larry” Vincent
May 28, 1926 ‒ June 21, 2010
LEXINGTON ~ Larry Vincent knew life was not all about him.
He knew that the purpose of his life was far greater than his own personal fulfillment, his own peace of mind, or his own personal happiness. He knew the truth that God placed him on this planet for His purpose, so Larry set his life to live in accordance with that purpose.
Larry had a genuine love for the Lord, and read His Word daily. He left his children and grandchildren a legacy of open communication on all things spiritual ~ ensuring that they understood his Christian testimony.
He also left a heritage of Christian fruits: goodness, kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, and if there ever was a man who spoiled his wife ~ it was Larry.
His earthly purpose finished, Larry passed away Monday evening June 21, 2010. He was 84.
Born Lawrence J. Vincent, Jr. on May 28, 1926 in Malden, Missouri to John Lawrence and Bertha E. (Gibson) Vincent, Larry attended Clarkton (MO) High School. He served with the U.S. Army, Infantry Division, during WWII, in the European Theater.
Larry worked 32 years with General Motors, retiring in 1981 as a foreman in the maintenance division.
He was a member of American Legion Post #16; Richland County Genealogical Society, and Ohio Genealogical Society.
Larry spent quite a bit of time in his flower gardens, doting on his roses and lilies and was a member of Mansfield Men’s Garden Club.
A member of Johnny Appleseed Woodcarvers, Larry excelled at carving figurines ~ animals, angels and caricatures ~ and most of what he carved, he gave away.
He was a member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church, where he was currently serving as deacon, and had formerly served the congregation as trustee and assistant Sunday school superintendent.
He is survived by his wife Helen L. (Brimager) Vincent, whom he married May 30, 1947; their children Janice & Brian McQuade of Lexington, Kenneth & Sandra Vincent of Marion and Carol & Keith Darling of Westerville; grandchildren Nicole & Chris Mazzarella of Wheaton, IL, Matt & Amanda McQuade of Charlotte, NC, Dr. Kendell Vincent of Omaha, NE, Michael Vincent of Findlay, and Kaela Darling of Westerville; great grandchildren Annelise, John and Seanna Mazzarella and Esther McQuade; and a brother and sister-in-law Jack & Reba Vincent of Malden, MO.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Vincent and Roy Lee Vincent; and his sister Virginia DeArmon.
The Vincent family will receive friends Friday, June 25, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Larry Vincent will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Diamond Hills Baptist Church, 647 South Diamond Street, Mansfield. Pastor Chris Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.
In his memory, contributions are suggested to Diamond Hills Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Vincent family, and private condolences to them may be made online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com