LONE GROVE — Celebration of life services for Bro. Larry Allen Coley Sr., 66, of Ringling, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the Blue Ribbon Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Warthen and Bro. James Brantley officiating. Interment will follow at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Larry was born on Oct. 27, 1951, at Wilson, to the late Aubrey Allen Coley and Mary Francis (Stanton) Coley. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2018, at his home in Ringling.
Larry was raised at Healdton and Ringling, graduating from Ringling High School in 1969. He married the former Ms. Raynell Scifres on May 29, 1970, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Ringling by Bro. Frank Powell.
In 1978, Larry was called to the ministry and immediately became the pastor at Blue Ribbon Missionary Baptist Church of Lone Grove. There, he served as the pastor until 1982, when he moved to Altus. Residing at Altus, he served as the minister at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church until 1984, when they moved to Vilonia, Ark., where he served as the minister at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. They moved back to Ringling in 1990, and Larry once again became the pastor of Blue Ribbon and has since remained.
He adored his grandchildren and cherished moments with them at all their activities and events and fulfilled his purpose every day by serving the Lord.
Preceding him were his parents, Aubrey and Francis Coley; a sister, Linda Coley; one infant child; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include his loving wife, Raynell, of the home; daughter, Paula McElroy and husband, Chuck; son, Allen Coley and wife, Kim, of Ringling; brother, Steve Coley and wife, Becky, of Krum, Texas; nephew, who was more like a brother, Kipp Coley of Ringling; grandchildren, Mindy and Nathan Martin, Drue McElroy, Abbigayle Coley and Trae Coley; great-grandchild, Charlie Rose Martin; and nieces and nephews, Caytie and Daniel Flores and Lauren and Wesley Downs.
Casket bearers will be Steve Coley, Kipp Coley, Allen Coley, Trae Coley, Chuck McElroy, Nathan Martin and Drue McElroy.
Honorary bearers are the men of Blue Ribbon Missionary Baptist Church.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore, 207 C St. N.W.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.