Funeral services for Larry Dean Rose, Educator and Pastor, formerly of Elmore City, resident of Stringtown, OK were held Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Stringtown with Bro. Bartt Bradford and Bro. Wayne Edgar officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Stringtown with arrangements under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service of Atoka.
Mr. Rose was born June 1, 1944 to William Allen and Lillian Clorene (Coppenbarger) Rose in Fairfield, CA while his father was stationed at the Army Air Corp Base. He passed away September 22, 2019 at his home in Stringtown at the age of 75.
Larry attended Satterwhite Elementary School and graduated from Elmore High School in 1962 and went to East Central University on a band scholarship, playing the tuba in the ECU Marching Band. He graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Science degree. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree he began his teaching career, teaching at South Side High School, near Altus, for four years. Mr. Rose then taught at Sulphur High School for three years. After moving to Stringtown, he taught math and science in Atoka at the high school and middle school for twenty-one years and retired in 1995. After retirement he substituted at Atoka and Stringtown.
His pastoral ministry began as pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where he served for seventeen years. His next pastorate was at Coalgate Missionary Baptist Church where he pastored for thirty years, making a total of forty-seven years serving as pastor. During his pastoral ministry, he officiated numerous weddings and funerals and led many to Christ and had the honor of baptizing many of them. Larry married Virginia (Jenny) Lynn Head at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Stringtown, OK on August 7, 1972. Larry enjoyed turkey and deer season with his sons, grandsons and brothers-in-law. He loved gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lynn Rose of forty-seven years, of the home in Stringtown, OK; sons, Jeremy Dean Rose of Sherman, TX, Jason Ray Rose and wife, Christina of Huntsville, AR, and Joshua Dale Rose and wife, Cheryl of Van Alstyne, TX; grandchildren, Elijah Dean Rose, Levi Bain Rose and Eliana Mercedes Rose, all of Huntsville, AR; brother Garry Allen and wife Patricia of Sand Springs, OK; sisters, Barbara Harney and husband Roger of Lookeba, OK and Carolyn Belair and husband Don of Elmore City, OK, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, two great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchild, Aubrey Lynn Rose; and father and mother-in-law, Gordon and Maxine Head.
Casketbearers were Allen Rose, Brandon Bates, Ronald Harney, Shane Winter, Wesley Winter and Jerry Stephens.
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