Larry William Cranford

July 22, 1949 - April 18, 2012
Larry William Cranford


Larry William Cranford, 62, of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

He was born on July 22, 1949, in Fulton County, GA. His parents were William Whitfield Cranford and Rebecca Lulu Herod Cranford.

Larry graduated from O’Keefe High School in Atlanta. He graduated in 1970 from West Georgia College with a degree in Psychology where he was a member of Kappa Phi fraternity. His first job after college was with the Boy Scouts of America, with which he remained active throughout his life. Larry was a proud veteran of the US Army.

He started a career in Property Management in 1973 where he had a lifelong career. Locally, he worked for Harbor Associates since 1987. He was a licensed commercial real estate broker and certified property manager. He was a co-founder of Wilmington Apartment Association and served two terms as President. He also served as President for the Apartment Association of NC for two years. He taught designation classes for the National Apartment Association. He was a trusted mentor to many during his life long career.

Larry is survived by one daughter, Christine Cranford and husband Brandon Wooten, and one son, John Cranford; one granddaughter, Ella Wooten; his former wife, Wanda Ahlsen; and one brother David Cranford.

A memorial service will be held 11 am Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Cape Fear Christian Church, 811 N. College Road. Wilmington.

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  • April 19, 2012
    Gloria B. Fortune says:
    Larry was a good friend, a mentor and a wonderful person. He will be missed. My heartfelt prayers go to his family and the people who loved him. God Bless. Gloria Fortune

  • August 28, 2012
    Charles Oliver says:
    I don't really know how to start. I just found out about Larry's passing today, August 28, 2012 and was totally shocked and feel a great loss. Larry and I grew up together from elementary school through college. We had some great times as kids and as adults. I didn't see him often as we got older but talked with him around the end of 2011. We had planned to get together but never seemed to find the time. Life is just too busy and before you know it, it is gone. Rest in Peace "ole buddy", you will be missed but I'm sure we will meet again and can catch up. My best to the family; You are all in our prayers.

  • April 20, 2012
    Barbara Buchanan says:
    I first met Larry in 1990 when I was transferred to Wilmington by the property management company I worked for. He became a mentor and dear friend. I retired a few years ago and didn't see him as much, but thought of him often. He was a very kind man and was loved by many. My deepest sympathies to his children and grandchild. He was very proud of them.

  • April 20, 2012
    Reba Adams says:
    To Larry's family: I am sorry for your loss! Larry and I worked together on South Harbour Village projects for the last 4-5 years. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Reba Adams

  • April 20, 2012
    Spike Gray says:
    We here at Cannon Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. are shocked and saddened at the untimley loss of such a fair and honest business man. Larry was always looking out for his clients and expected the best service for all he cared for and would accept no less. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.