John Larry Fruge left this life on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at the age of 70. Larry will be remembered by his family and friends as someone who never met a stranger and always lit up a room with his stories and true love for people, driven by his desire to be more like and lead people to Christ. Larry was born Sept. 9, 1949 in Oakdale, LA, the son of Otis Edward Fruge, Sr. and Jessie Marie McPherson. He graduated from Oakdale High School in 1968 and excelled at a number of sports. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1972 with an Engineering degree, a black belt in Isshin-ryu karate, and a soon-to-be bride. Over 48 years until his retirement in 2017, Larry served in many leadership roles in the furniture industry and Boy Scouts of America, but most valued his family and these last six years as an Elder of West Main Church of Christ the most important of his life. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family and friends. Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Nancy Fruge, and two sons, Parrish Fruge (Karis and grandson Eli) of Lone Tree, CO, and Andrew "Drew" Fruge (Meghan and granddaughter Parker) of Auburn, AL. Survivors also include his mother-in-law, Mary Armstrong Parker O'Neal of Tupelo, MS, and sister-in-law, C. Marilyn Parker of Raleigh, NC. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Otis, Jr., Bobby, Floyd, and Fred Fruge. Visitation will be at West Main Church of Christ on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 10 AM to 1 PM with a celebration service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to West Main Church of Christ Community Outreach, 2460 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2795 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be sent to

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Dr. Michael A. Brown

I had the pleasure of meeting Larry for the first time last year. He was such a welcoming person to my wife and I. We really enjoyed his company and the loving spirit he and his wife emit. Our prayers are with the family. He will be sorely missed.

Robert and Mandi McKinzie

One of the greatest men on earth, Larry Fruge! Larry was my boss, my friend, and my wise counsel. He called Robert and I his children and he always prayed for us and loved us like his own. He will be deeply missed by us and many more! We still have one of his notes hanging in our laundry room that says, “speak without offending and listen without defending.” He did this so well. He was such a Godly man and one that we will forever cherish. Our deepest sympathy to his sweet family.

Robert & Mandi McKinzie

Leitchfield, Ky

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