Celebration of Life Service: Will Be Private and At A Later Date
Lawrence Edward Wootten, Sr.,86 died peacefully in Newport, News, VA on January 11, 2023 surrounded by family. Larry (Pops) was born in Laurel, MD to J. Edward and Eunice Wootten. In May 1958, he graduated from Virginia Military Institute and married the love of his life, Colleen Wanda Brown, in June 1958. Larry served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Georgia, North Carolina and Germany. Upon returning to Maryland, Larry and Colleen settled in Burtonsville, MD and raised four children (Patricia, Larry Jr, David, and Scott).
Larry worked for 35 years in many capacities at Atlantic/US Foods. He was dedicated and loyal to the company and was most known for his care and concern for employees and customers. He managed accounts for the Smithsonian and the White House among other institutions, locally and nationally. His goal was to mentor employees to be great salespeople and managers. Upon retirement he returned in a part time role continuing to mentor and support others.
Larry dedicated his life to his wife and family. He was generous and big- hearted and freely gave of his time to help others. He served as the Commissioner of the Burtonsville Little League and on the Board of trustees for Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, MD and Faith United Methodist Church in Potomac, MD. In retirement, he put his carpentry skills to work for the benefit of others building homes for families with Habitat for Humanity where he created many lasting friendships. He was passionate about NASCAR, the Orioles baseball team and the Redskins football team. Going to races and games with family and building memories were important to him. Larry and Colleen traveled throughout Europe during his time in the military which led to many wonderful trips throughout the world and the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.
In 1986, Larry and Colleen purchased a home in Kitty Hawk, NC. Mamoo’s Dream soon became his happy place with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends creating memories. He was an avid reader, often taking legendary trips to the library and returning with a box of books to read while he was at the beach. He loved nothing more than spending hours on the beach with a good book, a cooler of beer, and country music on the radio surrounded by his family. This was his own “heart’s desire”.
Cooking was another passion of Larry’s. Some of the family favorites were lasagna, steamed shrimp, anything on the grill and his famous Christmas cheesecakes. He loved it when grandchildren joined him in the kitchen and at the grill. He was a messy cook which only added to the deliciousness of the food. He loved grocery shopping. Pops enjoyed taking a child or grandchild along so he could treat them to something special. Larry was proud of his family and truly enjoyed celebrating graduations, weddings, and other life events. Staying in touch with family and friends was important to him. If he hadn’t talked with a family member or friend in a while, he was quick to reach out.
Colleen B. Wootten, his wife of 65 years, will love him always. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Leary (Calvin); his son, Larry Wootten, Jr. (Joyce); his son, David Wootten (Penny); his son, Scott B. Wootten (Jen); and his grandchildren, Kathleen Leary, Christopher Leary, Jill Wootten, Paige Wootten, Lindsay Coward (Marcus), Erin Kuettel (David), Sam Wootten and Max Wootten. His great-grandchildren include Josiah, Eva, Malakai, Leif and Robin. Pops/Popsie will be loved forever and will live on in the lives of his family.
Family will have a private celebration of life at a later date. To honor his memory, donations can be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity – Metro Maryland https://www.classy.org/give/320823/#!/donation/checkout . Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.