In Memoriam : Larry Stowers

Larry Stowers Larry Wayne Stowers - age: 66
(December 03, 1951 to July 01, 2018 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, Illinois 62812

Block: BB

Larry Wayne Stowers, age 66, of Benton; passed away at 6:37 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Larry was born December 3, 1951, the son of Daniel and Bertha Stowers.

He married Jane A. Roberts on August 28, 1970, and she survives.

Larry started as a paper carrier at the Benton Evening News at the age of 9. As the years went on he was also a janitor, worked in composition in the job shop, ran the press and printed papers. And when the paper sold the press, he was transferred to West Frankfort, working for American Publishing, in the press plant, printing newspapers, for a total of 40 plus years combined.

He teamed up with his son Danny, when Danny was 9 years old and together they delivered newspapers. Larry continued delivering newspapers and met a lot of customers and gave them the very best service possible. Father and son teamed up and bucked up and printed papers at the press plant.

Larry was saved at the age of 9, where his mom led him to the Lord. He attended Assemblies of God Church in Benton until the age of 16 when he met Jane and together they attended South Benton Missionary Baptist Church, where he joined and was baptized on February 4, 1974. Larry was called by God to serve as a Deacon, and was ordained on March 21, 1982. Larry loved the Lord and the Church.

Most have probably seen Larry mowing the church yard, and making it look immaculate for church services each Sunday. He would always say “that’s when me and the Lord talk”.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, of 47 years, Jane A. Stowers; a son Dan Stowers and fiancée Dawn; a daughter Misty Darnell and husband Anthony; nine grandchildren: Daniel Stowers and wife Laura of Herrin, Blake Stowers of Vienna, Brooke Jones and husband Garrett of Cape Girardeau, MO, Ethan Stowers of Benton, Abby Stowers of Dandridge, TN, Aren Wayne Darnell, Jayce Anthony Darnell, Dylan Stowers, and Cooper Daniel James Stowers; five great-grandchildren: Bella Stowers, Alex Stowers, Lily Stowers, Luke Stowers, Emma Stowers; and a great-grandson Landon Jones (due in October); two brothers: Dennis Stowers and wife Sandy of Alabama, David Stowers and wife Nancy of Benton; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Eileen Bryan; and an infant brother.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Cheryl Commean officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the family of Larry Stowers, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Sandy Stowers - July 2, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
Sorry for the family’s loss.

Eddie Bryan - July 4, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
I know the family will miss Larry. I also know it will be difficult but God will give peace and comfort as only He can. He loved and served God so the family can rest in peace knowing Larry is with Jesus.