Larry Franks Smithwick

December 17, 1952 - February 22, 2024
Larry Franks Smithwick

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Larry Franks Smithwick, age 71, of Washington NC, passed away on February 22, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on December 17, 1952, in Washington NC, to the late Dennis and Thelma Smithwick.

Larry’s life was built upon and revolved around bodies of water. His businesses, vacations, hobbies, and thoughts were all centered around rivers and oceans. Whether boating, skiing, fishing, or just sitting, if he was on the shore or sound, sea or sandbar, he was happy. This led to him to pursuing business at Park Boat Company in Washington with his brother Terry and becoming a trusted fixture at Manteo Marine.

Larry had a diverse background in business. Besides his nautical ventures he also had a mind for real-estate and grew into a savvy investor known for generosity and mentorship, helping others start their own businesses. He was amiable and outgoing; trust and respect were integral to all his dealings, both professional and personal, and that garnered him a reputation as a trusted confidant and business associate.

In his youth Larry was a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 99, and eventually went on to the Eagle Scouts and Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Washington High School in 1971, excelling both academically and athletically, earning All-Conference honors in both football and track. He always had dreams of being a Tar-Heel, pursuing -and completing- a degree in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Commitment to community and fellowship were always important to Larry, and that extended to his church family at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Washington, NC.

Larry's adventurous spirit and dedication took him on cross-country escapades that resonated with his love for exploration. He was curious, capable, and confident, able to push himself and those surrounding him to greatness; he and his daughter Shelby even completed a triathlon, swimming half a mile, then hopping on a bike for 14 miles, before rounding it out with a 5k run to the finish line. He loved a challenge.

He is survived by his wife of more than three decades Sue Aman Smithwick, his children Shelby and Coleman Smithwick, and his grandson Fisher Smithwick, sister Sandra Buckman and her husband Kent and their children Kent Buckman Jr., Zane, Paul, and Nina, his brother Terry Smithwick and wife Connie, and their three sons Austin, Matt, and Hunter, his other brother Rudy Smithwick, his son Seth and his wife Cece, their daughters Cameron and Haley, and last but not least, Larry's dog Rascal -who was his constant companion for 7 years.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, at Roanoake Christian Camp in Washington NC, followed by a gathering of friends and family at Fox Hollow Farm at 4:00pm.

Larry Smithwick leaves behind a legacy of friendship, generosity, and resilience that will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him. He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father (never missing a child’s sporting event), a successful businessman, and a cherished friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to several charities in Larry's name, simply by clicking them.

Eagle's Wings
Zion Shelter and Kitchen
BSA Troop 99
Marion Shepard Cancer Center
Church of the Good Shepherd

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Smithwick Family.

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Roanoke Christian Camp

Gathering of Friends and Family

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
4:00 PM

Fox Hollow Farm - Directions
2949 Corsica Rd
Washington, NC

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  • March 27, 2024
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  • March 10, 2024
    Blount Rumley says:
    Larry was a good friend through many years. He was always positive and empathetic. I miss him.

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    Jesse Allen says:
    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family Sue.

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    Deborah Penland(Daw) says:
    Larry was a friend, like a brother to me. He was my brother in law from another lifetime. He was fun, always had a smile and loved to embarrass me. I spent 100’s of hours on the river with him. I will never forget what an amazing water skier he was, always on one ski. He had a big heart. There will never be another Larry. Love and prayers to all the Smithwick family and Buchmans.

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  • February 27, 2024
    Gib says:
    Larry was selected to represent Beaufort County at the American Legion's Boys State held on the Wake Forest Campus in 1970. Boys State is a national program to support education and experience in local and state government operations. One of my personal favorite story's about Larry was in the summer of 1973 when Larry and I were erecting Roberson's Beverage signs in rural eastern nc. We entered an mom&pop country store to ask for permission to install a sign. As we we discussing the transaction Larry removed his cap allowing his long hair to fall down. Conversation just stopped as the owners jaws dropped as the viewed their first unidentified hippie object. I'll see you later ...

  • February 26, 2024
    Steve Sheppard says:
    Larry always greeted you with a smile . He like all the Smithwick’s was fun to be around. He will be missed.

  • February 26, 2024
    John Hawkins says:
    Wow, what great pictures of Larry and his family! Brought both a tear to my eye and a smile to my lips. I met Larry as the Joe Namath of the Phi Gam house in Chapel Hill. Haven’t seen him as much as I would have liked over the years, but every time I did, it was like we were still fraternity brothers at school. Here’s to Larry Smithwick, a life we’ll lived with always a smile on his face! My thoughts and prayers to all of his family.

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    Alida says:
    I never saw Larry without a smile and a kind word to say! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all!! Love, Terry and Alida Sawyer

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  • February 26, 2024
    Mike and Jean Ash says:
    Sue, Shelby, Coleman, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. All of you have been a beautiful example of love as you cared so faithfully for Larry.

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    Susan Manning (Ramos) says:
    Our family relationship went back to Capt Dennis and Thelma being friends with our parents. We enjoyed sharing them as they extended many invitations to river days and just fun conversations with our family. I remember the closeness of the Smithwick family and how they worked together and played together. I had the privilege of being a part of that from The original Park Boat in Washington Park , to the second location on Hwy 17. Working with Larry and Terry a decade was truly a valuable learning experience. We became like family. Larry was always the handsome , suave, best catch, turning the head of many a woman. But I remember, the one who captured his heart. Sue , you were the match! I pray you find comfort with the wonderful family you and Larry made together and those memories will help you in the coming days . God bless and keep you all.

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    Jimmy Lupton “71” says:
    Larry was well liked and respected He was a great role model for me and others May God bless Larry’s family and friends

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  • February 25, 2024
    Jim D. says:
    I have known alot of exceptional people in my life. Larry was certainly one of them. Things that were hard for the many of us Larry made them look simple. What can I say he will be greatly missed.

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    Hugh sorrell says:
    Larry was one of the best friends I ever had. He will live forever in my heart. A truly exceptional person that I loved dearly.

  • February 25, 2024
    Jill and Bill Gravely says:
    Thinking about all of you and sending our love from Key West. Larry would enjoy this area of the keys as he always loved cruising in warm blue water. We will miss him . Jill & Bill

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    Mike and Lisa Kelly says:
    Sue, Shelby, Coleman - We are so sorry for your loss . Larry was a vivacious person, loved his family and life . May Our God guide your family through this difficult time . Prayers , Mike and Lisa Kelly

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    Linda Smithwick Widener says:
    So many wonderful memories and some sad ones in Washington. Your life is a tribute to your family and you will be missed by many. Our Prayers to all🙏

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    Bud and Tessie Brooks says:
    Larry was a good friend and he will be missed. Prayers for God to give your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • February 24, 2024
    Edward Harding says:
    To everyone in Larry's Family.......Larry and I were classmates throughout our years growing up. He always did well academically and he excelled on the athletic field no matter what sport he was playing. As we grew older we'd see each other every so often and would talk and catch up with each other about our lives and share memories. I guess to sum things up, Larry was a classmate of mine, a football teammate, but most of all, Larry was my friend. I'll certainly miss him. "Fair winds and following seas" my friend.

  • February 24, 2024
    Joe Paul says:
    To a friend who helped me more during our early years growing up than he will ever know. He was the best and gave me the will to keep going that only a few can understand. A great family to be around in our childhood I always envied. I’ll miss you and I am so proud of what you accomplished and the great family and relationship you all had together. You were the best.

  • February 24, 2024
    Mike Avery says:
    I've known Larry and Sue for many years. I'm saddened to learn of his passing and extend my condolences to the entire Smithwick family.

  • February 24, 2024
    Dal and Ginger Newbold says:
    Sue, Shelby, Coleman, and extended family - We are so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Larry. May God bless and comfort you in the coming days, weeks, and months. We will be lifting you in prayer.

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    Jeannene says:
    Sue, Shelby and Coleman, May the beautiful and precious memories, and the peace that passes all understanding sustain you and continue to find solace at the time of sadness. Jeannene, Rysam and Julia

  • February 23, 2024
    Robby Walker says:
    Larry was a great friend to everyone and was fun to be with. He will truly be missed by the Community.