Larry J. Sosebee

Larry Joe Sosebee, 65, of Mauldin, husband of Gale Crooks Sosebee, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Born in Seneca, SC, he was the son of the late Cody Arthur Sosebee and the late Mary Eloise Lee Sosebee.

Larry received a degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-County Technical College and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for ITW Hartness for 44 years. He served as a deacon, children’s Sunday School teacher, and counselor at First Baptist Simpsonville.

In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by a daughter, Carrie Sosebee Byce and her husband, Chad; a son Corey Ross Sosebee and his wife, Kristen; and six grandchildren, Caleb Ross Byce, Caroline Emilee Byce, Mary Jane Sosebee, Luke Ira Sosebee, Susanna Mae Sosebee, and Baby Boy Sosebee.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at First Baptist Simpsonville beginning at 1:30 PM. The family will visit with friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Larry’s memory to

International Mission Board
3806 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23230

Samaritan’s Purse
PO Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607

First Baptist Simpsonville Building Fund
3 Hedge Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Condolences to the family of Larry J. Sosebee

  • Rhonda McKinney
    5 years ago

    Dear Gale, Carrie, and Corey:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This beyond breaks my heart. I pray for your comfort in your memories and your love for each other. I pray that God holds you close to enrich his peace upon you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Julie Lollis Memmott
    5 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Teri Brinkman
    5 years ago


    We are so sorry for your loss. Such an unexpected and terrible thing. You and your children are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Teri and Dan Brinkman

  • Chris and Julie Paré
    5 years ago


    We were so sad to hear the news about Larry yesterday. We will be thinking of you and your family.

  • Gale,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart grieves with yours. You, and your children, are in my prayers and thoughts.

    Romans 8:28
    Matthew 5:4

  • Tina Milsap
    5 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I love you all.
    Tina Milsap

  • Lynn Gibbs
    5 years ago

    Thoughts and prayers for all your family. Larry will be missed by so many. We appreciate all the contributions he made to our church!

    Mike and Lynn Gibbs

  • Barbara hawkins
    5 years ago

    My thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Family.
    Love each of you So Much.
    Barbara Hawkins

  • Janice Allison
    5 years ago

    I am so saddened at the passing of such a wonderful faithful servant of God. My love, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Monica and Dean Davis
    5 years ago

    Praying God gives you peace and strength in the midst of this storm and that you feel His presence close to you.

  • Melvin Wright
    5 years ago

    Dear Gale, Carrie, Corey and Family,

    Larry was such a wonderful man with a very powerful and resolute core value system. I’m deeply saddened by his passing but I know he’s with the Lord right now. I know you will miss his presence in your lives and so will I. What a great friend and brother in Christ he was to me. I will always remember his kind heart and desire to always put others before himself. He shared so many times with me in his own way the love he had for all of you.

    God bless you.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Larry.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Robin Gowan
    5 years ago

    Dear Gale, Carrie, Corey and family, So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was truly a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Sending love and prayers for you all.

  • Judy B Potter
    5 years ago

    Margaret and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

  • Chris & Erin Oliver
    5 years ago


    We are so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Chris and Erin Oliver

  • Joan Pickle Lykens
    5 years ago

    What a great family that I have loved for many years. The Sosebee family was amazing. I gave great memories in high school spending the night at their home with my dear friend Margaret. Her parents were the best. Every night we joined in the living room for devotions and prayer. I loved this family. I was an only child and craved to gave siblings.

    My love and prayers are with everyone. I wish I could be there to celebrate this amazing life.

    Love each of you.

    Joan Pickle Lykens

  • Beverly C Terlizzi
    5 years ago

    Gale. So sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Larry. Your family will be in my prayers. Beverly Crenshaw Terlizzi

  • Deborah Reames
    5 years ago

    Gale, Wayne and I are so very sorry to hear of Larry’s sudden passing. Our sincere sympathies and prayers for your comfort in the difficult days ahead. God bless you and your entire family.

  • Joan Voyles
    5 years ago

    My dear friends Agnes, Margaret and all your family,
    I know it’s such a sad time for you all. Your strong faith and God’s grace will comfort you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless your sweet family.
    Joan and Rick Voyles

  • Linda Nicholson Whitten
    5 years ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless you all. Larry was my high school friend. 1972

  • Phyllis Duchinski
    5 years ago

    Gerald and I were so sad to hear of Larry’s passing..Your family is in our prayers

  • Patsy and Mack Hardy
    5 years ago

    Agnes, Brenda, Margaret, Jerry, Gale, Carrie, Corey and Family,

    I wish Mack and I had adequate words to ease your pain . But you can take comfort in knowing that Larry has at last crossed the “finish line” and is safely “home” with his heavenly Father, and his Mom, Dad.

    The time you had with him was an incredible gift from God. I know you have many wonderful memories. Each time we embrace a memory, we meet again with those we love, for the heart never forgets. You have an absolutely incredible family.

    May the God of all comfort hold you close and continue to sustain you.

    “The Lord is close to the broken hearted, He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
    “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you daily. May these words of comfort rest gently upon your heart, and in time may they become words of healing.

    We love you,
    Patsy and Mack Hardy

  • Patti Jordan
    5 years ago

    Gale, Carrie and Corey and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Larry’s sudden passing. He was such a good and kind man and I have many wonderful memories of years at ARBC with all of you when my children were small. There are no words I have to comfort you but I know that you have so many friends and family surrounding you with love. I am doing the same from miles away.
    Much love,
    Patti Jordan

  • Caroline Kane
    5 years ago

    Rob and I were devastated to hear about Larry’s passing; he had such a kind soul and we remember him helping us move in when we first came to Greenville. We will be thinking about you (as well as Carrie, Corey, and the kiddos) often and always. If you need anything, anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Much Love and God Bless,
    Caroline & Rob Kane

  • Sabrina Pearson Jones
    5 years ago

    Prayers for you, Gale and your family. Larry was always such a sweet, godly man. My heart goes out to you.

  • Janice Holcombe
    5 years ago

    Gayle, Carrie and Corey,
    Tommy and I are broken hearted for each of you and your families! We grieve with you and yet rejoice in the homegoing of Larry where we all will be together again! Memories are precious reconnections for you in the time ahead! We regret we cannot be at the service on Friday, but our prayers will be!
    Neighbors, Tommy & Janice Holcombe

  • Russell and Tommie Lowery
    5 years ago

    Gale, Carrie and Corey,

    I am so sorry that Russell and I could not be there to celebrate Larry’s life. He was such a special person and made our time at ARBC very memorable. We love you all so much and will continue to lift each of you up in prayer.

    Russell and Tommie Lowery

  • I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. When you see a person that has not been able to live their life out to the full such as Larry, one may wonder why does man have to die at all. But God gives us his personal promise found in the Bible at Revelation 21:4, where God tells us that very soon he will do away with death and sickness from the Earth forever, and then he will resurrect Larry to perfect life here on a fully cleansed Earth, being reunited with family and friends and being able to experience life as God meant it to be.

  • Wow, I am so saddened to hear this. Larry was a great guy. We did visitation together for church many times. We men occasionally for lunch an he attended a few on my ministry event. He always had a smile and was encouraging to me. He will be greatly missed. I will be praying for the family in their sorrow, but may you have peace at this time. Phil 4:6-7

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