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James "Larry" Lawrence Carver
June 11, 1954 ~ March 22, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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James Lawrence Carver, aka “Larry” was an Original Computer Geek who was born June 11, 1954, to Juanita Hammond and Lawrence Hue Carver. He died March 22, 2023. He has three siblings: Betty Ann Carver, Robert (John) Carver, and Francis Parrish. Larry loved his family and had numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who were important to him.
Larry is survived by three children: Ben Carver (Veronica), Kimberly Carver (Ethan Gammons), and Katie Rohwer (Ryan). Larry has eight grandchildren: Aiden, Alex, Brittany, Casey, Gina, Isla, Nina, Vincent, and two great grandchildren: Brayden and Hudson.
Larry graduated from Tuscola High School and remained a fan until the end. Early in his life he had a need for speed, riding motorcycles and driving fast cars. He had an early affinity for technology and computers, and this became an important lifeline to the world when his body limited what he was able to do. He and his friend group were some of the earliest people to have internet access in Haywood County.
Our father’s life was greatly affected by Multiple Sclerosis. He was diagnosed in his late 20s, and he endured more than anyone should ever have to experience in a lifetime, and he did it without ever complaining or losing his fantastic sense of humor. Unable to speak for many years now, Larry used his middle finger to make everyone around him laugh. In the waning days of his life, everyone who visited hoped for one last bird from him. Larry has had numerous caregivers who were an important part of his life. His family is forever thankful for Cornelia Kaylor, who lived with and cared for Larry for many years. We would also like to thank the staff at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for caring for our dad since 2016. They were there when we couldn’t be, and they treated him like family.
Larry was a kind man with a sharp wit and generous spirit. His final act of kindness came from his long-term wish to donate his brain and body to scientific research, in the hope that there will be a cure for MS and other diseases. To that end, his children donated his brain to the MS Brain Bank at the Columbia School of Medicine in New York and the rest of his earthly remains to Anatomical Gifts Registry. Services will be held Sunday, April 23 at the Jonathan Creek Volunteer Fire Department at 1pm.