On December 16, 2020, Lawrence (Larry) Slappy peaceably passed away surrounding by his family.
He was born May 15, 1954, to the late Lee Roy and Thelma Slappy of Midland, PA. He is affectionately known and called Dub by his brothers and sisters and close family members. Larry was a faithful member of The Father’s House church in Rochester, PA.
He graduated from Midland High School in 1973 and attended Ohio University and Richmond University. Larry established himself as one of the Midland’s all-time great multi-sport athletes. Larry helped lead the Midland Leopards to the 1971 and 1973 WPIAL and PIAA State Basketball Championships. As a sophomore starter Larry played a pivotal role when Midland captured the Class B Titles in 1971. He scored 20 points in the WPIAL Championship Game as a 10th grader and was the senior leader and Captain of the 1973 squad. In the WPIAL Football Finals in 1971 and 1972 as a running back, he rushed for 3,099 yards average 8.8 yards per carry, scored 270 points, 41 touchdowns and 12 extra points. Larry became Midland’s all-time leading rusher and had his #13 jersey retired; the only Leopard to be so honored. As a senior, he was the WPIAL Class B Most Valuable Player in football. Professional basketball called Larry to Europe where he played for over a decade. After retiring from the game, Larry stayed abroad and lived in Brussels Belgium recently returning home.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee Roy, Jr., John, Joe, and Paul Henry, and his sisters, Mattie Thelma, and Shirley Ann. Larry is also survived by his siblings, John Thomas, Eva (Carl) Leak, Becky Bell, Christine Slappy, Carolyn Harris, Roger Slappy, Mary Burton, Donald Slappy, James (Phyllis) Slappy, Paula (Nate) Waldron, Sister n Law Juanita Slappy, his special brother Greg Hill, and a host of nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to VITAS Hospice Care service, especially Clementine, Jamie, Heather, Trish and Tammi.
Visitations will be held on Monday, December 21st 11am to 1pm with blessing service immediate at 1 pm. at the Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pa15010