Lawrence Allan Southerland

March 30, 1947 - April 8, 2019
Lawrence Allan Southerland

Lawrence “Larry” Allan Southerland, age 72 of Castle Hayne passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at his home.

Larry was born in Wilmington on March 30, 1947 to Frederick Southerland and Helen Furlong Southerland.

Larry was retired as a professional Docking Pilot with McAllister Towing Company. He spent over 40 years working with tugs and ships on the Cape Fear River. Larry raised and raced Homing Pigeons for many years starting in the 70’s. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia Cayton Southerland; two sons, Allan Southerland, Jr and wife Linda, and Stephen Southerland and wife Leah; three grandchildren, Ivey, Siara, and Sophia; three brothers, Mike (Hilda), John (Peggy), and Tommy (Nita) Southerland; and one sister Susan Piner; and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. He leaves behind many friends and Pigeon friends.

Memorial service plans are pending.

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  • April 10, 2019
    Linda and Jerry Register says:
    To Pat and the family: Jerry and I fondly remember being next door neighbors on Indian Corn Trail. Jerry still chuckles about the time our Black Lab Liberty would not let the pigeons land when coming home from a race. She also loved the boys shoes and baseball gloves (that’s a whole other story). I think if you often and still remember those great cookie swap parties. We send sincere condolences.

  • April 10, 2019
    Linda Dittmer Marett says:
    Condolences to Pat and family. I knew Larry from all our years at Saint Mary School. I know he will be greatly missed by many.

  • April 11, 2019
    Roger & Ann Rivenbark says:
    Pat and Family, So sorry about Larry. He was a true pleasure to work with when I boarded the ships he docked. He always had a smile and was so pleasant. Blessings

  • April 11, 2019
    Patsy Stephens Woodcock says:
    Pat ..to you and your family, my love and prayers. I will always cherish the friendship between you, Larry, Bobby J. & myself. We spent many years enjoying each other's company. it was such joy to watch all the guys in the club with those pigeons & the races.....all so very competitive. Most would show their feelings with the wins & losses, but not Larry....his demeanor remained calm, always the same nice person. This was a great passion of Larry's and it was a pleasure to witness his joy. He will be missed. You, Pat, will go forward as the strong person you have always been, keeping his memories in your heart! Please reach out to me when you want to talk. Patsy

  • April 11, 2019
    Fld says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May you draw closer to God in prayer during your time of grief, James 4:8. May God comfort you in all your trials and grant you lasting peace. May you look forward to the day that we all get relief as sickness and death will cease, Revelation 21:4. May you look forward to the fulfillment of Psalms 37:11, 29, 34 and God's promise that the last enemy death is to be brought to nothing, 1 Corinthians 15:26