Aug. 13, 1930 – Feb. 21, 2020

Jerry Larpenter, 89,passed away Feb. 21, 2020, in his residence in Edgewood, Texas, surrounded by his wife of 69 years, Mary Jane Matthews Larpenter, and family. He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in New Orleans to Helen Lelia Vining Larpenter and Gilbert Joseph Larpenter.

As he liked to tell us, he was the baby of his family for only 20 minutes, until he was joined by his twin sister, Jean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alvin, Emery, Richard and Gilbert (Junior) Larpenter; and sisters, Merle Faulk, Mary Ruth Drury and twin, Jean Lavigne Prevost.

He is survived by siblings, James (Jimmy) Larpenter, Eleanor Wurst and Sue Campbell; his children, Carole Larpenter (Randy Buckner) of Edgewood, Texas, Randy Larpenter (Brenda) of Edgewood, Beth Larpenter Shurbutt (Eddie) of Oxford, Ala., and Kevin Larpenter (Angela) of Tahoka, Texas; grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Newton, Bradley (Valerie) Larpenter, Ryan Larpenter, Mary Anna Shurbutt, Rachel Shurbutt, Kyle (Carrie) Larpenter, Kadi (Jakob) Stunz and Kara (Luke) Fleenor; and seven great-grandchildren.

He served in the US Air Force and retired from the Natchitoches Post Office.

In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling.  He was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene and loved serving the Lord in many capacities.

The family would like to thank Hospice of East Texas, and especially Joyce and LaWanda for their compassionate care.

Funeral arrangements will be Tuesday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Church of the Nazarene, 88 Friendship Road, Robeline. Burial will follow at Friendship Nazarene Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to the Gideons International.