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Larry Wayne McDonald, Sr.

November 8, 1953 ~ March 20, 2022 (age 68)


In humble submission to the will of God, we respectfully announce the earthly transition of Corporal Larry Wayne McDonald, Sr., of Vernon, Florida, on March 20, 2022 in the Northwest Florida Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  He was 68 years old and a life long native of Washington County, Florida.

Larry was born on November 8, 1953 to the late Thomas & Helen (Ralls) McDonald in Vernon, Florida.  He was raised in a Christian home and attended Shady Grove Elementary School; he was a  graduate of Washington County Public School.  

In his earlier years, he was self-employed and worked in the Forestry Industry.  In 1991 he began his career with the Florida Department of Corrections and retired in 2008.  He later went to work for the Bay County Jail in Panama City, Florida for several years until his final retirement.  

Larry enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings and close friends.  "Big Mac", as he was affectionately known, truly enjoyed his life to the fullest, and left an imprint on the hearts of all he encountered that will forever be remembered. 

He leaves to cherish his memories his sixbeautiful children:  L'Tonya (Wayne) Potter, Larry Wayne (Tamesha) McDonald, Jr. both of Vernon, Florida, Shakisha McDonald of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Lawayne (Kristi) McDonald of Vernon, Florida,  L'Zandra McDonald (Derrick Wilson) and Larissa (Jacob) Jones, both of Panama City, Florida; his beloved: Clara McDonald of Vernon, Florida; 18 grandchildren; one great grandchild; seven (7) sisters: Shirley Speed of Dothan, Alabama, Carol Lee of Panama City, Florida, Jean (Joseph) Morgan of Tallahassee, Florida, Donna (Ruben) Shine, Dorothy (Marcus) Mahone, Elanor Myers, all of Panama City, Florida, and Jameela Genell (Siddiq) As-Siddiq of New Mexico; five (5) brothers: Charles (Pearl) McDonald, James (Jeanetta) McDonald, both of Chipley, Florida, Ellis Wade McDonald, Vickery McDonald, both of Vernon, Florida, and Eric (Beth) McDonald of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; godson: Tyshawn Potter of Vernon, Florida; along with a host other relatives & friends. 
Larry was preceded to the great beyond by his parents: Thomas & Helen McDonald; grandparents: Lawyer & Alma McDonald; brothers: Johnnie Lee McDonald, Thomas McDonald, Jr., and Glen McDonald; and sister: Candy McDonald. 

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Public Viewing (Walk Through Only)
March 25, 2022

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cooper Funeral Home
1220 Church Ave
Chipley, FL 32428

Celebration of Life
March 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Vernon High School Gymnasium
3232 Moss Hill Road
Vernon, FL 32462

Interment following funeral service
March 26, 2022

Sylvania Cemetery
3079 Sylvania Road
Vernon, FL 32462

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