On Monday, August 30th, 2021, Larry Floyd Storey (age 75), in his home and surrounded by love, succumbed to a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Storey, as he was affectionately known, was born and raised in Thomaston, GA, as the only child of Dessie Sanders Storey and Fred Storey.
Storey spent his career in service of others. At the age of 16 he joined the U.S. Navy and spent the next four years traveling the world and defending our country aboard an aircraft carrier. After leaving the military he pursued a career as a peace officer, beginning as an employee of the sheriff’s department in Thomaston and eventually retiring in 1997 as a Georgia State Patrol Post Commander, Sergeant First Class. He was so prolific in his position as a patrolman that many residents of Monroe, Lamar, Upson and Spalding Counties encountered him on the highway and easily recall his fervent dedication to his calling after receiving their citation.
As a family man, Storey was a dedicated husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He is survived by the love of his life, Janet Wilson Storey, his son Jody (Teresa), his stepchildren Robert Holloway Pierson (Kelly) and Lauren Elizabeth Pierson (Zane Marsh), in addition to his grandchildren: Jennifer (Jonathon) Lewis, Kristen (Cliff) Grant, Amanda (Jonathon) Ellenburg, Shaw and Sullivan Pierson, Adalyn and Reece Marsh, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Storey was known for his stern and rigid demeanor as a patrolman which coincided with a sarcastic sense of humor, ability to enjoy life outside the office, and an unshakable loyalty to his friends. His loved ones were privileged to see a side of him that was warm and caring and he never hesitated to listen and offer advice. He spent many hours over many years working on classic cars and fishing with his son, Jody. Storey had a life-long appreciation of fishing, classic cars, and negotiating with the most difficult of car salespeople for which shared with his many friends. He loved his pets. He treated them as family members and spoiled them beyond belief. For example, he fed Ti-Ti, the Pekingese that mirrored his own personality, Reece cups for dessert every night for 18 years because, “he gets mad if I don’t give him one”. Most appreciated by the author of this obituary was his decision to be a dedicated father to two stepchildren. His character and strength of will was exemplified in his choice to do so and in the undying love that his wife and all his children have for him.
Services to honor his memory will be held graveside at Russellville Baptist Church on Thursday, September 2nd at 2PM. Friends are welcome to pay their respects from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at Monroe County Memorial Chapel.
The family requests donations be made to Russellville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 6004 Forsyth, Ga, 31029 or the charity of one’s preference in his honor, in lieu of flowers.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.