OLarry Thomas Hackworth, 66, a devoted follower of Christ, a beloved husband, father, brother, and special friend to many, departed from this world and entered into the presence of Jesus on November 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Larry was born on March 1, 1952 in Norfolk, VA. He grew up in Chesapeake, VA and while in high school received a scholarship to attend Old Dominion University. He graduated with a degree in chemistry and moved to North Carolina in 1975 to take a job in his field at the Research Triangle Institute. He married Judy Hackworth in May of 1975 which began a wonderful journey lasting 43 years. In 1984 he founded (and served as President of) an environmental monitoring company with his wife and 2 colleagues. He became a dad in 1994—a role in which he excelled and greatly cherished. Larry was a member of several churches in the Durham area and was an ordained deacon and elder. He was a youth leader, audio visual technician, children's church leader and also served on several church setup crews. He was dedicated to his family and a man of integrity. He always put his family and others before himself. He enjoyed life and loved sharing whatever he had with anyone in need. He was a skilled photographer, woodworker and cook. He also loved to research family history. He joyfully supported his church with prayer, tithes and offerings and supported many other ministries as well. He departed this world with the songs and name of Jesus on his heart. He faced his last days, which were difficult, with a sweet spirit and unusual courage --his wife at his side during those final moments. He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed until the day we see him again on heaven's shore.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Larry was predeceased by his father, Frederick Dahl Hackworth and several uncles.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy Hackworth; mother, Rosemary Hogan Hackworth; daughters, Victoria Rose Aull (Tim), Vicki Heilig; Godson and Goddaughter, Hac Te (Christina); brothers, Frederick “Butch” Hackworth, John Hackworth (Linda); sister, Cindy Howland (Thomas); nephews, Keith Hackworth (Cindy), Kenny Hackworth (Jenni), Russell Hackworth, and Dallas Hackworth (Becky); Uncles, Paul Hogan (Patti) and George Hackworth. Also, sister-in-law, Elsie Wright; brother-in-law Charles Atkinson; nephew-in-law Robert E. Fentress, Jr. (Kay) and niece-in-law Ramona West, (Johnny). Long time business colleagues, Larry D. Clarke, Fred Vaughan and Matthew Miller, as well as several close lifelong friends.
A memorial service and celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at Sunrise Church located at 1315 New Hope Trace, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service. Flowers will be a blessing, as would donations made in honor of Larry to: Every Home for Christ, 640 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 – Attn: Income processing. Please write “Memorial for Larry Hackworth” on the memo line of check. Flowers may be received at the church prior to the service at 1315 New Hope Trace, Chapel Hill, NC