Larry Philip Burns, 66, of Maryville is now at rest after a difficult battle with cancer. He fought a good fight then accepted his journey here was over. He was ready to see his Savior, Family & Friends waiting to welcome him home early Monday morning. He departed this world with family at the bedside holding his hands. Larry was a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Larry’s earthly passions were Family and Music. After beginning piano lessons at age 6 he worked with the Youth Music Programs at Everett Hills Baptist during HS. It was also in HS when Larry started playing French Horn. He credited the French Horn for his ability to walk after 10th grade, Rusty Chambers will have to fill in the details for this story! During HS, Larry & his friends formed the bands SAGE, JESS MORGAN and DAMEN MOSS. They played the local teen centers, Y-Teen and School Dances, Larry played Keyboards. After college, he played with bands Rainbows End, Reflections and Flashback (hopefully I haven’t missed any). They commonly played at the McGhee Tyson Armed Forces Club, Elks Lodge, VFW and American Legion Posts, at Wedding Receptions, or Private Parties. As the demand for live bands decreased, Larry and Dillon Davis were quick to capitalize on the more popular DJ trend. If it was related to music, Larry was up for getting involved. Survivors include: Daughter, Natasha Huffstetler, his 3 adored grandchildren, Tyler Malachi, Alyssa Marie, and Kylea Nicole Huffstetler, Special Cousins: Lynda Cook Rizzardi, Knoxville, Terry (Kim) Carpenter, Janice (Dale) Marshall, Mooresburg, Robert (Sharon) Wilson, Bristol, TN and David McClurg, ValRico, FL. Special Friend, Crystal Powell and Zachary Powell “the son I never had”. Larry’s former bandmates and close friends are too numerous to list but please know, he loved each of you as family and had tremendous respect for your musical talents. Your calls and visits kept him going for the last 18 months. Special Thanks to Dr.s LeRoy, Nash, Patelle and Martin along with their caring and compassionate staffs, BMH Hospice and Dr. Bruce and Debbie Roberts. A very special thank you to Jimmie Lynn Delozier. Larry loved you like his own Mother and was grateful for your involvement in his life over these past 60 years. Family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 PM with Rev. Joe Colquitt officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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