Larry W. Hadley • November 20, 2020



Larry W. Hadley changed his address to Heaven on November 20, 2020 due to complications of the Covid virus. He will be laid to rest next to his mother, Evelyn Avera, at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on November 25, 2020 at 10 am. There will be a celebration of life sometime in the summer of 2021.
Larry is survived by his darling wife of 44 years, Cindy Hadley; his oldest son, Scott Hadley and wife Debbie, grandchildren Brittany Pope and husband Marcus, with great grandchild Xander, Samantha Hadley, with great-grandchildren Abbi, Kayden, and Jase, Jonathan Hadley with great-grandchild Jaxx, Sean Hadley, Taylor Wilburn and Rebecca Hadley; daughter-in-outlaw Tracey Hadley Potzner and husband Zane, with grandchildren Corey & wife Brittany, Meghan and husband Will, Kaitlyn, and Gabriel; daughter Celeste Champion and husband Derek, with grandchildren Noah and Jonah.
Larry is further survived by his beautiful sister, Judy Hadley Witterstaeter and husband Wayne; his brother Bruce, who may as well have been his twin, and wife Loree, nephew Shane Hadley, children Samantha, Rosalyn, and Nick; nephew Ryan Hadley and wife Mandy, with son Heath; Niece Trisha Hadley Elkins and husband Billy, with children Will, Hadley, and Mia; and Chris and Stacey Hadley.
Larry served our country for over 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He tried many different careers in his life after the military. He was a shrimper, a truck driver, a construction worker, a car salesman. In 1993, Larry founded Hadley Termite & Pest Control, Inc. The company is currently operated by his wife and daughter. In 2000, Larry convinced his brother Bruce to move from Texas and together they founded Hadley Construction Specialties, a waterproofing and sealants company. Both companies have been resounding successes.
Larry was an avid fisherman, golfer, and musician. He was known among the boats of Orange Beach, AL as the Bugman. Larry golfed with the Pro Member group at the Pensacola Naval base. He was a groundskeeper (for fun!) at the Soldier Creek Golf Course in Lillian. As a musician, Larry played the pedal steel guitar with local bands like Jason Justice and the Hung Jury, and the Leanne Creswell Trio. Though he never claimed to be an expert player, he was absolutely magic on the pedal steel. Larry also played dobro, banjo, guitar, bass, and even a little piano.
In all his 73 years, Larry never met a stranger. His sly boyish grin invited you to be his friend. His approachability charmed you. If you were in need, he was there to help with a shovel for work, a hug for comfort, or wise words in a time of stress. Larry head a heart for people. There are so many friends who have become part of our family. Larry adopted people and lifted them up. He was a wonderful husband, a terrific father, and a caring friend. His wife, Cindy, lost her best friend and the love of her life. He was our sunshine and our optimism.
We will miss his guidance and his love. Love you to the Moon.
Memorials may be made to Champions for Autism, a non-profit organization,
PO Box 243, Summerdale, AL 36580, www.championsforautismal.com, or on Facebook.

  1. Charlie and John Lechner says:

    May you all find comfort in the days ahead. Blessing and prayers. Charlie and John

  2. Donna Moore McDavid says:

    My cousin, Larry, was God’s gift to me on my birthday when I was four years old. Larry was the one who climbed trees with me, and played baseball and horseshoes, As an adult he inspired me with his enthusiasm. He was “all in” with everything he said or did, whether it was his golf, playing his musical instruments, fishing, or his absolute pride and joy in his wife and family. He will be sorely missed.

  3. Becky and Tom Cockcroft says:

    This puts us in sadness overload, we always felt part of the family and cannot begin to imagine your grief. Larry… A life well lived and loved.

  4. Mark & Brenda Rogers says:

    When we moved to Alabama 23 years ago Larry was our bug man, but quickly became a treasured friend. The news of his passing leaves us deeply saddened. Rest In Peace dear friend and enjoy the “no limit” fishing in Heaven.

  5. Emma Fell says:

    Cindy,
    We were so sorry to hear of Larry’s death.we will
    miss him. Love you.
    Gene and Emma Fell

  6. Bruce and Loree Hadley says:

    Larry was born 6 years before me. He was my big brother and watched over me all his life. Even the weeks before his death, he took me golfing. Golfing was something I had missed since I had several surgeries. He made sure I was able to enjoy it again by helping me tee up my ball, carrying my golf clubs and taking the ball out of the hole. Even the day before he became sick, he was here helping me anyway he could. He was more concerned about me getting the Corona virus than himself and did everything to protect me.
    We know for sure our loss on earth is truly heaven’s gain. We love you and miss you dear brother! You were the best!

  7. Ernie Nolen says:

    Larry was a friend and I will truly miss him.

  8. Mike Cartini says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Larry (Gunny) on a golf trip to Alabama. Gunny’s friend Sam introduced us and we got to hear him play his steel guitar at the Florabama. He even joined us for golf during our stay. Larry was a Veteran, a gentleman and a genuine person that befriended us on our first meeting. My condolences to his friends, family and fellow musicians. Rock and Roll Heaven will be happy to have him join the band.

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