Larry Dean Avants, 59, of Van Vleck passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 while vacationing in the Bahamas. He was born to Herbert and Mary Louise Avants on January 30, 1954 in Corpus Christi, TX. He is survived by his wife Vicky Cross Avants to whom he was married on August 4, 1972.
Also surviving are his mother Mary Louise Jones of Jacksonville; father Herbert Avants of Bay City; two sons Keith (Elvie) Avants of Krum and Scott (Michelle) Avants of Sweeny; six grandchildren Madison, Christopher, Sidney, Cort, Cassy, and Miranda; two sisters: Sheri (Paul) Richardson of Van Vleck and Peggy (Gerald) Brietzke of Bay City; two brothers Stanley (Judy) Avants of Rusk and Herbert (Ann) Avants also of Rusk; along with Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Larry was a long time resident of Matagorda County. He was a dedicated employee of Enterprise Crude Oil where he worked as a Trucking Supervisor. Everyone who encountered him was considered a friend and was honored to have met him. Larry was a loving and dedicated husband of 40 years, a supportive father who always knew the answer and a devoted grandfather. He enjoyed cruises with his wife, camping with friends and family, the Texas Rangers, NHRA drag racing, target shooting, and spending quality time with his grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the funeral home. The funeral service is set for 10:00 AM Friday, May 24, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Deacon Guadalupe “Wally” Rodriguez of Holy Cross Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers will be: Kim Abshier, David T. Gibbens, Otto “Rocky” Janssen III, Sean Klaiber, Brandon Richardson, and Jonthen “Sweaty” Times. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Patrick Bramble, Gerald Brietzke, Jeffrey Cross, Scott Harris, David Klaiber, Neil Richardson, and Paul Richardson.