“On behalf of the entire family, I want to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for the outpouring love and support you have shown during Larry’s illness and now at the time of his passing. Your love and friendship means more than I can say. There have been hundreds of posts and messages and it’s just overwhelming! He touched the lives of so many and each and every one of you had a special place in his heart.
Below is a copy of his obituary, which will be public in the next day or two but thought it appropriate to post it for “his friends” first.
Again….Thank you all so much for all of your love and support!!! ”
Theresa Steele ?????
STEELE, Larry Lynn, 65, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family members on October 9, 2017 after a three year battle with cancer and has begun his eternity of joy with our savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Larry was born on September 20, 1952 in Atlanta, GA. He was loved and was preceded in death by his parents, Donald _ Steele and Mildred Harris-Steele; and his brother+-, Gregory “Bo” Steele. He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Theresa M. Steele; his son, Matthew Steele and his wife, Noni; daughters Mary Lauren Steele and Bethany Steele-Lyke and her husband, Antonio; a step-son, Colton M. Kidde; ten beautiful grandchildren; a brother, Reverend Scott Steele and his wife, Marie; and a sister.
Larry was loved and respected my so many and his legacy will live on in his recently published book, “As I Recall…Jacksonville’s Place in American Rock History.” Former 38 Special stage manager and co-writer, Larry was able to recall, first-hand accounts of growing up on the Westside of Jacksonville. After years of performing with various bands in the North Florida area, including Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973, he then went on to work with 38 Special in 1980. From the rehearsal halls to the recording studios to headlining the most renowned concert venues in North America, Europe and Japan before retiring from the road in 1987, he LOVED the life of Rock and Roll. He will forever live in our hearts and will be missed not only by his wife, children, grandchildren and his extended family, but my hundreds of thousands in the music world. He loved spending time with his family, his extended music family, playing his bass and without a doubt, with is dogs. He will be sorely missed by all who was fortunate to know him and his light will shine on forever in the joyful stories and memories that he left behind for all of us.
We all knew for some time that this was coming, yet, I don’t believe any of us were any less devastated by the news.
I suppose I have worshiped Duane and Gregg Allman since the first time I saw them perform, in July, 1968. The audience that night, at the old Comic Book Club, was comprised primarily of younger Jacksonville musicians, all of which had to have come away equally impressed. It was Ronnie Van Zant who had told me about the brothers, but it would be me shouting their praises to the rest of the world after witnessing three phenomenal performances by their band, the Hour Glass, over those three very magical nights. A memory I will treasure for the rest of my days.
(You can read details of one of these performances by clicking on “The Early Days”)
R.I.P. Gregg Allman – December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017
A dear friend, a real character. An extremely intelligent man, with his own opinions, his own style, and in a class of his own. He was as funny as any comedian I’ve ever seen, as kind as anyone I ever met, and let us not forget, one TREMENDOUSLY BAD-ASS bass player! (No 10’s for Banner!)
You will be sorely missed, my friend, by so many of us whose lives you touched!
Due to positive results from recent scans, Larry’s Chemotherapy regimen has been SUSPENDED for 90 days!
This is wonderful news, as it not only confirms that the treatment is actually working, but also allows Larry an opportunity to recuperate somewhat from several months of poisons being regularly injected into his body. THIS presents the opportunity for more BOOK SIGNINGS to be scheduled in the very near future! Please stay tuned!