Larry “Snuff” Garrett was reunited with his wife, Vettye, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. He passed peacefully surrounded by his son, Patrick, daughter-in-law, Kaycee, and granddaughters, Caroline and Amelie.
He was born in Haynesville on December 19, 1946, to Bill and Minnie (Bailey) Garrett. He was raised as an only child, and everyone knew he loved to be the center of attention. He had plenty to say and his deep voice and infectious laugh ensured that everyone in the room knew he was there.
He loved his hometown, his high school football team, the Golden Tornadoes, and his many lifelong friends from Haynesville. Small towns seem to shape their residents in unique ways and for Larry, it taught him to make connections with everyone he met. In typical small town fashion, he would ask you where you were from and who your family was. And after a barrage of questions, he would eventually figure out that he knew your little league baseball coach’s fifth cousin’s son.
He attended Northwestern State University in Nachitoches and continued to make more connections and lifelong friends through the NSU Demons football program. After college, he worked in sales but eventually returned to NSU to serve in the athletic department. He loved the energy of a college football program, and Lord was he proud of all of the talent that came from Northwestern!
Later, he worked as a traveling sporting goods salesman and made connections from Texas to Florida and up to Missouri. He took advantage of his time on the road to try every notable restaurant around. He liked to call the waiters by their first names, make friends with the maitre’d, get the best tables, and know about off-menu specialties. He brought his family back to some of his favorite places, which started an annual Sunday Brunch at Commander’s Palace.
He ended his career with Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Services. His booming voice and significant presence helped him succeed as an Enforcement Agent. When we retired from the state, he and Vettye spent every minute they could with their beloved granddaughters. He took unmistakable pride in them and was the best Pop any two girls could ask for.
The invention of Facebook and the cell phone allowed him to maintain the many connections he made throughout the years. But one connection he made at least 7 times a day was with his favorite and only child, Patrick. He loved any excuse to talk to Pat and never got off the phone without saying he loved him.
Larry was aggravating but endearing, loud but gentle, stubborn but sentimental. All of the connections he made throughout his life will endure as we continue living the life he loved.
On Saturday, October 2, 2021, a visitation will be held from 2-4 PM with brief service starting at 4 PM at Mulhearn Funeral Home on Hwy 165 in Monroe.