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One of five children gifted to Eugene and Evelyn (Jennings) Arrowood, Larry was born on Jan. 3, 1937 in Russell, Kansas. He was raised and educated in Claremore and graduated from Claremore High School with the Class of 1955. During his school years Larry realized he had an interest in music and participated in the marching band from seventh grade until graduation.
On April 28, 1973, Larry married the love of his life, Martha Payne-Woodson, in a ceremony at Sageeyah Baptist Church. With this union they became a blended family with five children. Larry loved being a husband and father, and was his children's biggest supporter and fan.
He took care of his family by being a glazier, a person whose profession is fitting glass into windows and doors. With the help of his wife Martha, they started Arrowood Glass in Claremore and together they operated the company for over 13 years.
Larry had a wide array of interests according to his family.
He had a talent for woodworking; building wind chimes, wooden trucks, small church pews, and cedar chests that are treasures his children and grandchildren still hold onto today. He was an avid toy train collector. Larry and Martha would spend countless hours exploring all the local flea markets for something to add to his collection. It was said by his family that all the dealers knew him and many times he just liked to go to visit with them. Larry enjoyed old cars and trucks, he restored several classics including a 1939 Oldsmobile. Then there was his dog, Ronnie. According to Martha, "Ronnie was Larry's shadow." And you guessed it, wherever you saw Larry, if it was allowed, Ronnie was with him. Martha even said, "When we would drive somewhere with Ronnie, Larry was adamant that he be buckled in as well."
In all that he accomplished and achieved in his life, Larry's love of the Lord was his most important priority. His family saw him faithfully study God's word and be an active member in whatever church they attended. This is the legacy that will live on in the lives of his family.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; papa Larry will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Larry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha, of their home; children, Sharon Jordan and husband David, Dawn Woodson and Garey Bue, Teresa Tefft, and John Woodson and wife Angie, 23 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Donald E. Arrowood and wife Chariety. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Rhonda, and brothers, Darrell, Curtis, and Wayne Arrowood.
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