Larry Paul Modlin, Sr.
YORKTOWN – Larry Paul Modlin Sr, passed away at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News on Saturday, December 29th at the age of 74. Born on February 24th, 1944 in Washington, North Carolina, he was the eldest son of William “Bill” and Edna Modlin of Pinetown. He moved to Virginia in 1963 and met the love of his life, Carolyn Tatum, and they were married three weeks later in Hampton, VA.
Larry is preceded in death by his mother, father, wife Carolyn (1998); son Stacey Von (1964), and daughter Debra Sue (1989). Larry is survived by a son Larry “Paul” Modlin Jr and his wife Jacqueline Sue Modlin of Orlando, Florida; and a daughter Kimberly Hope Kelly and her husband Robert Kelly of Upper Marlboro, MD; his brothers Henry Sylvester “H.S.” Modlin and Jerry Modlin of Pinetown NC; and his sisters-in-law Hope Tatum Perdue of Yorktown and Sherry Modlin of Pinetown NC. He is lovingly remembered by his granddaughters Madison Elizabeth Modlin and Macy Elizabeth Modlin of Orlando Florida; his nieces and nephews Shannon (Joey) Auche and David (Addie) Modlin; and great-nieces and great-nephew Alyssa and Haley Auche, and Bodie and Isla Modlin; and many dear friends and loved ones that grieve his passing.
Larry had many great talents. In his early years, he worked as a skilled ornamental iron worker with his father-in-law, Leonidas “Lee” Tatum Jr. He was also the owner of Larry’s Used Pianos and for years enjoyed buying, selling, and restoring used pianos and player pianos. He also had a great love for metal detecting with many great friends and collecting Civil War relics as well as a strong interest in collecting antique and one-of-a-kind glassware. He had a high appreciation for quality workmanship and was a perfectionist in everything he did. His love for glassware (particularly Cobalt blue) began in his early years of marriage with his wife Carolyn. Larry also enjoyed birdwatching and loved bluebirds in particular.
Larry believed that the most important things in life were his family and friends. He always said “The best things you can collect in life are good friends”. Larry’s granddaughters were his pride and joy. He enjoyed teaching them about his glass collection and relics and sharing stories about their love of softball and funny stories about their father Paul.
Larry was loved by all who knew him.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive in Yorktown. A graveside memorial Service, with Rev. Dr Michael Condrey officiating, will be held on Sunday January 6th, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Peninsula Memorial Park,12750 Warwick Boulevard.