Larry Kemp Rantz, Sr. of Withams

August 5, 2021
Larry Kemp Rantz

Larry Kemp Rantz, Sr., 84, husband Margaret F. Rantz, of Withams, passed away on August 4, 2021 at his residence.

Born on February 25, 1937 in Withams, VA, he was the son of the late Jess “Beanie” W. Rantz and Violet Linton Rantz. Larry owned several businesses over the years, with Rantz Properties, LLC being the last. He was a successful timber and firewood dealer, working for the Chesapeake Corporation. Larry enjoyed collecting decoys, playing tennis, crochet and skiing. He never knew a stranger and would carry a station wagon full of kids to go watch movies. Larry had a zest for life and enjoyed sharing it with those around him.

Other than his wife, Larry is survived by two daughters, Teresa R. Collins of Withams and Crystal V. Rantz of Withams; a son, Larry Kemp Rantz, Jr. and wife, Charlene of Withams; special “son” Nathan Eulo; five grandchildren, Renee C. Rantz, Jeremy S. Rantz, Valynn Rantz Davis, “Billy” Killmon and Chris Marshall; and great-grandchildren, William Kemp Rantz, Jake Rantz, Jada Marshall, Luke Rantz, Emily Rantz, Taylor Rantz, Ava Rector and Indiana Judge.  

Other than his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jean Rantz; two brothers, Rickey Kildare Rantz and Archie Rantz; and a sister, Sarah Mae Rantz.

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Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM from Hallwood Baptist Church in Hallwood with Rev. Danny Shrieves officiating. Interment will follow in the Downings Cemetery in Oak Hall.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hallwood Baptist Church, 27508 Main Street, Hallwood, VA 23359.

Arrangements are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley, VA.

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