Lawrence H. “Larry” Benhase, 52, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at his home in Virginia Beach following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. He was embraced in his mother’s arms and surrounded by his loving family as he slipped quietly away into the arms of our Lord and Savior.
Larry led a full and happy life bringing great joy to his family and all the friends he made during his earthly journey. He attended the Center for Effective Learning and Princess Anne High School. He worked at The Street Cook before joining Special Persons Mailing Service, where he spent 25 years with his “work family.” He was a member of Bayside Baptist Church, proudly serving as a greeter on Sunday mornings, always with a warm and welcoming smile.
Larry enjoyed traveling with his mom and dad to Disney World; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Branson, Missouri, as well as many other special trips. He was blessed to have additional traveling adventures with his Aunt Barbara and “Joycee,” who took him to Cincinnati, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; and Idaho Falls, Idaho; to visit his uncle, Bruce; and aunt, Linda Criswell.
He had a very full social life. He participated in the Special Olympics basketball and bowling events during his school years, loved dancing at the CLASP monthly dances and attended the City of Virginia Beach Recreational programs.
When he entered any room, he brought his infectious personality, smile and giggle. He never wanted anyone sad. He always had a hug and kiss for you, especially for the pretty girls, too. As the biggest Elvis and John Wayne fan, he imitated the hip moves of Elvis and finger guns of John Wayne perfectly. At any given time, you could hear his diverse music tastes blasting from his room as he lined up his army men strategically on the floor.
He is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Janet Benhase; as well as his sister, Darlene Carroll; brother, Gregory Benhase (Julie); niece, Brittany Carroll; nephews, Adam Carroll and Luke, Todd, Kyle, Jack and Eric Benhase; aunt, Barbara Renaker (Steven); and loving family friend, Joyce Early. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; aunt, Judy Benhase; and uncle, Bruce Criswell.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, with a service immediately following.
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