In Memory

Larry Cumberland

Larry Cumberland

Larry Eugene Cumberland, 70, of Forest passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, after a 6-month battle with cancer. He was the husband of 50 years to Karon Slivinske Cumberland. Born in Butler, PA on June 25, 1953, heLarry Eugene Cumberland was a son of the late Marshall Leonard Cumberland and Jessie Brooks Cumberland. Larry came from a blue-collar background as his father worked in a steel mill north of Pittsburg. Larry was proud to be able to work his way through college to earn his engineering degree at LeTourneau College.

Larry earned the rank of captain in the Marine Corp while achieving his ultimate goal of becoming a helicopter pilot. He loved serving his country and being a marine, but due to a serious injury after a helicopter accident while flying disaster relief in the Dominican Republic he was medically discharged. He then began civilian career with BWXT as an engineer, then a project manager. He continued his career in the nuclear industry in Huntsville, AL, Livermore, CA, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Argon National Laboratory in Chicago, IL. He taught Sunday school throughout his life and shared his testimony of how God worked through his helicopter accident. The culmination of his professional and spiritual life inspired him to write and publish a book called God’s Hard-Knock Lessons.

In addition to his wife Karon, he is survived by four children, Amber (Jared) Carpenter, Christopher (Kelly) Cumberland, Benjamin (Kati) Cumberland; Bethany Cumberland; three grandchildren, Makayla Carpenter, Colton Cumberland, Jaslyn Cumberland and a sister, Phylliss Graham.

His children remember him for his honesty, good Christian values, and a strong work ethic. He encouraged them to have goals that would direct their life choices and to keep God first in everything. Whether it was with his quick wit, humor, or his ability to navigate through life’s most difficult challenges, he was always there to answer the call when the family needed him.

A celebration of life service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Calvary Chapel of Lynchburg. The burial will take place in a National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider American Cancer Society or a local veterans association.

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02/01/24 09:09 AM #1    

Wayne Duffala

From the song "Heroes of the Faith," sung by Legacy Five:

I just got the news this morning that you had slipped away.

It seemed my heart was broken; it just couldn't end this way.

But then I saw with Spirit eyes what an entrance you must have made

Running to the arms of Jesus, forever home to stay

With other heroes of the faith, soldiers of the cross.

Singing out the grand old story, "Jesus saves the lost!"

And now it's time to lay your armor down and pass the torch

To other heroes of the faith, soldiers of the cross.


See you soon, brother.


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