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Born Dec. 24, 1967, in Pinewood, he was a son of Leroy and Thomasina Richardson. He attended Sumter County Public Schools, and was a 1986 graduate of Furman High School. At an early age, Larry accepted Christ and joined St. James AME Church and later joined Allen Chapel AME Church. Larry was a loyal and dedicated employee of UPS for more than 15 years, before his illness. In his spare time, his passion besides work was his commitment to something he held dear, his wife, children and family. He loved cooking on the grill and fishing. Not only was Larry a hard worker, he was a provider, and had a humble spirit.
Survivors besides his wife include three loving daughters, Sharita, Sara and Laila-Vice Johnson; two devoted sons, Fredrick Smith and Larry Johnson Jr.; A precious grandson, Anthony "Jamir" Bracey; three brothers, Earnest Brown, James Brown and Maurice Richardson, all of Sumter; a godson, Steven Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law James and Sarah McElveen; two sisters-in-law, Sonya (Craig) Singleton and LeAnn Stukes, both of Sumter; four brothers-in-law, Adolph (Lauritha) McGhaney Sr., Anthony McElveen, David McElveen Sr. and Darryl (Tina) McElveen, all of Sumter; six nieces, Natasha "Sherrell" Budden, Courtney McGhaney, Tiana McElveen and Taviana McElveen, all of Sumter, Shervailye McElveen of Shreveport, La., and Kaliesha McElveen of Clarksville, Tenn.; five nephews, Adolph McGhaney Jr., Darryl McElveen Jr., Joshua McElveen, Darrion McElveen and Cameron Singleton, all of Sumter; a grandniece, Leah Jaye Davis; and a number of other relatives and friends.
There will be no public viewing.
Funeral services for Larry Johnson Sr. will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Allen Chapel AME Church on Lynam Road in Sumter, with the Rev. James A. Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at 4035 Bank Lane, Sumter.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St. in Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.