Lawrence (Larry) Roland Hubert Pefferly

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lawrence (Larry) Roland Hubert Pefferly (Sept. 16, 1939 -- Nov. 26, 2015) was the second child of Anna and Lorenz Pefferly born at Providence Hospital in Wash., D.C. He was raised in Hyattsville, Md. where he worked in construction before joining the Navy as an electrician wiring planes for aircraft carriers.

He married in 1959 and moved to a farm in Rocky Ridge, Md. in 1963, commuting over seven years to his company, "Two-Way Communications" in Silver Spring, Md. He was also a remodeler and builder of homes, horse barns, and indoor riding arenas. Always a lover of horses, hounds, and the outdoors, he and his wife raised horses and foxhunted with "New Market Hounds" and "Liberty Hounds." They moved to Cornersville, Tenn. in 1980 where he continued to build, and foxhunted with "Hillsboro Hounds" and "Cedar Knob Hounds". He also had a private foot-pack of hunting Bassets for 7-1/2 years and competed them at the Spring and Fall National Field Trials in Aldie, Va.

Larry's grandfather, Leo Weikinger, was a fine-furniture maker in Wash., D.C., and his father was a sculptor of religious works for the National Cathedral in Wash., D.C. as well as figures for cemeteries, bridges, and government buildings. He was the head carver of three that sculpted the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima that stands at the entrance to the Marine Headquarters in Quantico, a 27-foot structure carved in Indiana Limestone. His father was a talented portrait and landscape artist, as well.

Upon inheriting carving tools of both his grandfather and father, he began carving large figures at the age of 49 in Cornersville. His work can be viewed at - he and his wife painted nearly all in oils. A large commission took 3-1/2 years to complete, that being 20 outside-row animals on a 56-figure renovated carousel for Eldridge Park in Elmira, N.Y., its Grand Opening being Memorial Day 2006. Six of his other carved animals are on inside-rows. He authored a soft-science fiction book for young people entitled, "Larry Tyler And The Planet Bukstahuda", and published a book entitled, "How To Carve And Paint A Carousel Horse."

He and his wife moved to Big Sandy, Tenn. on July 20, 2015, and he passed away Nov. 26 from pneumonia while in Vanderbilt Hospital. He was a lover of life, and valued friendships. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geraldine (Dade) with the nick-name of Jerry, sisters Barbara Husk of Dunkirk, Md., Fay Lupac and her husband Frank of Martinsburg, W. Va., Sue Simmons of Martinsburg, W. Va., a brother Greg and his wife Linda of Taneytown, Md., and several nieces and nephews. Through Jerry, his extended family includes Lee and Albert Cipolla of Friendswood, Texas and their two sons. Cremation arrangements were made by the London Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Tenn.