Larry Stainback Obituary, Death Cause – After a short struggle with cancer, Larry William Stainback, age 84, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 22, 2023 at the Duke University Medical Center. He was a native of Alamance County, having been born on March 9, 1939 to the late James Thomas “Tommy” Stainback and Lena Bryant Stainback. He was married to the late Helen Marie Shanklin Stainback for a total of 28 years until she passed away. At the Webb Avenue Methodist Church, the Piedmont Baptist Church, and most recently, at the Pilgrim Chapel Baptist Church, where he was an active member, Larry was known for playing the piano. He received his diploma from Williams High School in 1957 and worked for General Electric in Mebane for a total of thirty years before taking early retirement. Everyone who knew and loved Larry will miss him dearly because he treasured the time he had to spend with his family.
He is survived by his son, Mark Thomas Stainback of Burlington; his daughter, Julie Stainback Cates and husband Gene of Graham; his grandchildren, Melody Cates Soderlund and husband Nolan of Mebane, Zachary Thomas Cates of Hickory, Grant Thomas Stainback and Phillip Edward Cates and wife Ashley, both of Graham; and his great grandchildren, Cameron Edwards, Terri Cates, Phillip Cates, Jr., and Josslyn Cates. James “Jimmy” Stainback, his wife, their parents, and his parents’ brother all passed away before him. A memorial ceremony honoring Larry’s life will be presided over by Reverend David Braddy and conducted in the chapel of Lowe Funeral Home on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Following the service, Larry will be laid to rest at Pine Hill Cemetery. On Sunday, the family will have a visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Lowe Funeral house, in addition to hosting gatherings at their house at various times. The family would like to express their gratitude to the medical professionals and support workers at Duke Hospital, located at 7300 Duke North Floor, for the outstanding and compassionate care that they provided to Larry while he was there.