Cummins, Lawrence “Larry” Jr.

Operator Of Crane Consulting Business Was Volunteer At Northside Neighborhood House

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lawrence “Larry” B. Cummins Jr. departed this life on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the age of 80.

Larry is survived by his wife Bonnie, sons Larry III (Knoxville, Tennessee), David (wife Beth) (Sellersburg, Indiana) and his daughter Jennifer Strieby (North Port, Florida). He is also survived by his three grandchildren; Caroline, David Jr. and Kate. He is preceded in death by his father Lawrence B. Cummins Sr., his mother Mary and his sister Janet.

Larry was born on August 20, 1937 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Mercersburg Academy in south central Pennsylvania.

Larry met Bonnie, the love of his life, while attending Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. They went from college sweethearts to husband and wife, sharing an amazing 57 years of marriage.

Larry and Bonnie lived in Pittsburgh as they began their family. Larry, Bonnie and their family also lived in Richmond, Virginia; Elyria, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. They returned to Chattanooga in 1981, where Larry and Bonnie lived until their recent move to North Port, Florida.

After graduating from college, Larry began working for Lorain Cranes and enjoyed a long and successful career, before starting his own crane consulting and brokerage business. Larry was well respected throughout the industry and it allowed him to have friends all over the world.

Larry and Bonnie have been active members of their church. He also spent a great deal of time with Bonnie volunteering at the Northside Neighborhood House.

Larry was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful Dad and Grandfather. He taught loyalty, respect and honesty through the way he lived his life. Larry really did love his family, God and his country.

A memorial service will be held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. Pastor Barry Hildebrandt will officiate. There will be a “Celebration of Life” reception from 12-2 p.m. at the Northside Neighborhood House. All are welcome to attend. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Northside Neighborhood House (PO Box 4086, 211 Minor Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405). Farley Funeral Home in North Port, Florida is handling the arrangements. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting

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