COL Larry E. Craven was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/15/2021 at the age of 75.8
Montgomery, AL
Flight Classes 68-24 and 68-42
Date of Birth 10/27/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 101 ABN in 68-69
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More detail on this person: Larry E. Craven Esq., Colonel Retired, US Army, 75, a resident of Montgomery, AL, formerly of Ft. Worth/Austin, TX, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Christchurch Anglican, 8800 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36117. Larry was born on October 27, 1945 in Ada, Oklahoma. He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1997. He was a helicopter pilot with the 101st Div. HQ I Corps in Vietnam and Indochina. While still in the military, he attended Cumberland Law School. After graduating in 1976, he moved to Montgomery and served as the Alabama Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Attorney General. After 8 years as a public servant, Larry began his own private practice. During this time, he remained in the Guard and eventually decided to work full-time for the Alabama National Guard (ARNG/JAG). Upon retiring from the military after 31 years, he went to work for the Alabama Department of Education and served as the Assistant General Counsel, General Counsel, and Interim State Superintendent of Education. Larry was active in the Cumberland Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. He was an active member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church for over 30 years, volunteering as an adult Sunday school teacher, he helped with the men's basketball league, and Carpenters for Christ. In 2018, he joined Christ Church Anglican, where he remained active until his death. Over a number of years, Larry volunteered with the YMCA Indian Braves, Boy Scouts of America (Pack 16), Dixie Youth Baseball, and YMCA football. He was a member of the American Legion and Rotary Club, Alabama 60+ Golfers' Association, President of the Towne Lake HOA, MOAA (Military Officer's Association of America), Optimist International, and the NRA. Over his fifty-year career, Larry received numerous awards, both military and civilian. He was the 2016 Roe-Bank award recipient, presented to him for his outstanding contributions to the State of Alabama and the Military Law Committee at Cumberland Law School. This award was the highlight of his career. He was a devoted Auburn fan. Larry's (Popi) hobbies and interests included spending time with his family, playing golf, playing cards with friends, family game nights, reading, worldwide traveling, evenings out at the Arrowhead Country Club with family and friends, karaoke, music (especially Vince Gill), dancing, hunting, fishing, and anything that included his three grandchildren. Surviving relatives include his loving wife, Shiela Craven; children, Bryan and Kim Craven; and grandchildren, Ensley, Anna Worth, and Wilson Craven. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Louise Craven. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Christchurch Anglican, Wounded Warrior Project, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), or AMVETS (American Veterans). Larry loved his family more than life itself. His friends were so special to him and he loved them like family, and he loved his fur babies. Most of all, Larry loved his Lord and Savior! "This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Help me now, O Lord; O Lord, send us now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, who has shown us light; bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; his mercy endures forever." Psalms 118:24-29

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