Larry was preceded in death by his parents Boyd and Margaret Duff, father-in-law and mother-in-law Charlie and Mary Rayfield, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Patricia and Gene Hughes, sister-in-law Delores Duff, brother-in-law Ed Rayfield and niece Melody Duff.
Mr. Duff was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (previously named Cardwell UMC) his entire life. He was a devoted Sunday school teacher, served as treasurer, and chairman of the administrative council of the church.
Mr. Duff was also dedicated to the education of students and retired in 2003 from the education field after 46 years of service, three years as a teacher and 43 years as principal at Eaton Elementary School. Larry received several accolades while in the education field. One of these was from the Governor of Tennessee for having served the longest term in recorded history as an administrator of the same school in this state. He was also a Career Level 3 Principal, and received the Principal of the Year award during his time at Eaton Elementary. Upon retirement he was also honored by having the roads entering and exiting Eaton Elementary School named after him "Larry Duff Drive".
Larry, and his wife Jean, traveled to all of the 50 States, and after his retirement they spent a month each winter in one of their favorite spots, a beach house in Carillon Beach, Florida. Larry and Jean chose not to have a big party for their 50th wedding anniversary but instead took their children and grandchildren on a cruise to celebrate. Larry loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also spoke often of his years as principal of Eaton Elementary, the wonderful staff and students. He will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and helping to educate four generations of Loudon County residents. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 4930 Kingston Hwy, Lenoir City, TN. The family would like to thank UT Home Health Care for their support and care.
Mr. Duff will make one last trip down the roads that are named after him by having services held at Central United Methodist Church in the Eaton's Crossroads community. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, September 29th at Central United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with the Reverend Linda Parton officiating. Family and friends will gather at Click Funeral Home by 11 a.m. Friday and proceed to Loudon County Memorial Gardens for 11:30 a.m. graveside services with Reverend Tommy Patterson officiating.
Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. www.