He was born in Philadelphia, Tenn. on Jan. 30, 1954, a son of the late William and Pearl Arp.
He has made Cleveland and the surrounding areas his home for more than 30 years.
He was of the Methodist faith and a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.
He was a graduate of Hiwassee Junior College, where he was a member of the College Choir, and also Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He was also a member of Delta Psi Omega acting fraternity and a member of the Circle K club. He was currently employed with Hiwassee Mental Health where he served on the Crisis Response Team. He was a former McMinn County Deputy Sherriff.
He loved watching wrestling matches, singing, enjoying both gospel and bluegrass music, telling jokes and doing anything that was helping others. Above all, he enjoyed being “Uncle Larry” to his nieces, nephews and many others.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather-in-law W.T. “Mr. Bill” Blevins.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Marie Ann Arp; one brother and his wife, Doyle and Kay Arp of Philadelphia; mother-in-law, Marge Blevins of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Phil Mullins (Mary) of Ooltewah; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Jeanette Mayo of the West Nashville area. He is also survived by his “Fur Babies” and numerous nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends at Broad Street on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. until noon in the parlor of Broad Street United Methodist Church, 133 Broad Street in Cleveland.
A celebration of his life will follow at noon in the main sanctuary of Broad Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Hagan and Pastor Randy Martin officiating.
Interment will follow in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery in Loudon with Phil Lewis, Phil Bazel, Ronnie Arp, Rick Arp, Wes Harness and Bobby McBride serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the brothers of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Larry’s memory to either the Broad Street United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or to the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Larry and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Arp family with these arrangements.