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In Memory of

Larry Wayne Canter

November 27, 1936 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Larry Wayne Canter was born on November 27, 1936 in Lindale, Georgia to Clyde and Florence Canter. He and his younger brother Walter, nicknamed “Preacher,” enjoyed most of their childhood in Piedmont, AL where he loved to fish and frog hunt.



Larry loved sports from a young age and played football at Piedmont High School. He played center and he was captain of the football team his senior year. A highlight of his career was when he once blocked a kick and ran it in for a touchdown, something he never let his teammates...

Larry Wayne Canter was born on November 27, 1936 in Lindale, Georgia to Clyde and Florence Canter. He and his younger brother Walter, nicknamed “Preacher,” enjoyed most of their childhood in Piedmont, AL where he loved to fish and frog hunt.



Larry loved sports from a young age and played football at Piedmont High School. He played center and he was captain of the football team his senior year. A highlight of his career was when he once blocked a kick and ran it in for a touchdown, something he never let his teammates forget.



Piedmont is where he met his wife Ann Hilburn. Larry chased Ann for a good while until she finally agreed to date him, and they married in 1959. They were married for 15 months when he was drafted into the Army. He was discharged as a Sergeant in June 1962, just missing being sent to Vietnam.



The Canters moved to Huntsville in 1962 where he was a manager for Winn-Dixie. They adopted their first child, Gregory Scott, in 1965 and lived a quiet life until 1970 when they adopted Stacy Lynn and had Shaun Wayne in 1971. Being a life-long sports lover, he enjoyed coaching Greg’s football and Shaun’s tee-ball teams, and just generally sharing his love of sports with his children.



Everyone knows that Larry was also a life-long University of Alabama sports fan and a big fan of Bear Bryant. He also was an Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed attending their games. He enjoyed collecting baseball caps, and he especially enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles. He loved working on cars and doing all sorts of work on the yard and house, and did so no matter how hot or cold it was outside. He loved children in general, and enjoyed playing with his grandkids as well as the many children that “Miss” Ann kept over the years.



Larry passed away suddenly on Tuesday November 22, just five days shy of his 80th birthday. More importantly, he missed the 2016 Iron Bowl by just four days. He is preceded in death by his son Gregory Scott and his granddaughter Erin Alyssa. He is survived by his wife Ann, his son Shaun (Nicole), his daughter Stacy, and grandchildren Nicholas Allison and Brittany Allison Clark.



You may visit with the family on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral services will commence at 1pm. Interment will immediately follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Please sign his guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.