Laurence J. Yannie “Larry”, 86, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Randolph, NY, died January 31, 2022, at home.
He was married to Bethany Lindquist Yannie, whom he married on June 9, 1962.
He was born on December 10, 1935 to the late Joseph and Antoinette Yannie. Larry grew up in Coudersport, Pennsylvania with his nine siblings.
After high school, Larry moved to Falconer, NY, where he was employed for many years by Carborundum. He has held management and union representative positions at the Falconer, NY and Indiana sites. Larry moved from Indiana to bring his family back to Randolph, New York. In 1970, he earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Jamestown Community College.
Larry, along with his wife Bethany, owned and operated Conewango Forks Golf Club (now known as Cardinal Hills) from 1971 to 1990. He was a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The golf club was a family business since his four children also worked there. Larry has always had an interest in the community of Randolph, doing all he could for the town and its people. He was always kind and generous and wanted all children to have the opportunity to play golf. Larry and Mike Benca (Golf Instructor) have re-launched the Junior Golf Program so area kids can take lessons and play golf for a nominal fee.
Larry was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Randolph, NY, where he served as a lay reader.
After his retirement, he and Bethany moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and later a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
Larry enjoyed golfing and woodworking, making cedar chests for his granddaughters and cherry hardwood floors for the dining room in his home. He also made an entertainment center for his living room. Larry enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends after taking trips to China, Hawaii, Italy, Panama Canal cruises, Alaska, New England, several island cruises and two long trips to car for several weeks across the United States. He enjoyed spending time with his family and enjoyed reciting his favorite quotes to entertain his children.
Larry is survived by his wife Bethany of 59 years. His children: Pamela Clark, Laurence Yannie II and his wife, Liz, Robert Yannie, Teri Young and her husband, Scott. Six grandchildren: Christopher (Aftan) Clark, Clay (Bethany) Clark, Carlie (Lloyd) Tomlinson, Katelyn (Alex) Lichorat, Ian Yannie and Jackson Young. Two great-grandchildren: Brayden and Declan Clark. And several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Larry was predeceased by his first wife, Darlene Crandall Yannie; his six sisters: Louise Camp, Mary Mitchell, Leona Shaver, Lucy White, Ann Long and Josephine Corey. Three brothers: Alex, John and Paul Yannie.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 2 p.m., at St Martins Episcopal Church, 1510 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204.
Memorials can be made in Larry’s name to the charity of your choice.