Larry Alvin Gilly, 76, of Bluffton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at the Markle Health and Rehab Center in Markle.
He was born Aug. 23, 1944, in Portland, to Noah Alvin and Mary Gilmore Gibson Gilly. A 1964 graduate of Pennville High School, Larry served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. He worked for Portland Forge for 43 years, retiring in January 2007.
Larry was a member of the American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton, the Bluffton Optimist Club, and the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking.
On Dec. 5, 1969, Larry and Karyn Jo Foltz were married.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Karyn, of Bluffton, and their children, Larry Matthew (Hollie) Gilly of Bluffton, Tonya (Matthew) Claycomb of Pennville, and Mindi (Lance) Sprunger of Berne. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Aidan, Micah, and Hallie Gilly, and Shelby (Joe) Kipfer, all of Bluffton, Tyler Claycomb of Warsaw, Noah Claycomb of Lynchburg, Va., and Lathan Luginbill, Makenna Luginbill and Kit Sprunger, all of Berne; and two great-grandchildren, Arianna Jo and Clara Lynn Kipfer; and two sisters, Nadine (Bill) Ray of Dunkirk and Fay (John) Horn of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Mabry Andrews, Louise Stultz, Edith Watkins, Joanne Lawhorn, and Harold Gilly.
Private family services will be held at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton with Pastor Les Cantrell officiating.
Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.
Friends wishing to watch Larry’s service can do so from the safety of their home, utilizing a Zoom meeting. You can login using the Zoom Meeting I.D. # 858 4675 4363 and you can login after 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Bluffton Optimist Club and may be sent to the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the Gilly family at www.thomarich.com