Lawrence “Larry” Charles Hickmott, a man of many titles and even more jokes, has blown this popsicle stand for the last time. Born with a twinkle in his eye and a knack for sarcasm, Larry lived a life that would put most roller coasters to shame. Larry grew up in Michigan, lived young and wild in St. Louis Missouri, raised his kids in Camden, AR, spent a decade in Buffalo, NY, and ultimately retired to his spot on the pond in El Dorado, AR.
After proudly serving his country in the Marines, Larry took his no-nonsense attitude to working at Raytheon then General Dynamics. When General Dynamics left South Arkansas, Larry became an expert car salesman. He could sell ice to an Eskimo and once convinced a customer that a minivan was the epitome of speed (and even owned a Geo Tracker himself).
Beyond his professional achievements, Larry had a heart that could rival the size of Texas. If he ever met you, he considered you a friend. He cared about people in a way that made you feel like you’d known him for a lifetime, even if you’d just met. He’d lend an ear, a car, or a perfectly-timed one-liner whenever you needed it most and would often ask things like “what do you call a guy with no arms and no legs floating in a pool?”
Larry’s humor was legendary, and his sarcasm could cut through red tape like a hot knife through butter. If there’s a VIP section in the afterlife for wise-cracking souls, you can bet he’s there, holding court and cracking jokes. He was fond of Tuesdays and classic rock and claimed to be allergic to women. He lived life like every day was a Saturday and often found solace floating the Caddo River in Glenwood, Arkansas.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents George and Mildred Kethman, parents Deloress Raye and Charles Henry Hickmott and his stepfather George Christ, his sister Karen Snider, and brother Gene Hickmott. Larry is survived by his two children, Lee (Leia) Hickmott and Jessica (Clayton) Oyler, stepson, Joshua (Katie) Donovan, and more adopted children than you can count. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Haylee, Katelyn, Payton, and Tyler Oyler and Judd and Ella Hickmott. Larry is known affectionately to his favorite nieces and nephews as Sir Uncle Lar Lar and to his grandchildren as Grumpa.
In lieu of flowers, Larry would prefer that you raise a Bud Light or a glass of the finest peppermint schnapps you can find and toast to a life well-lived. A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2024 floating the Caddo River in Glenwood, AR. Remember Larry with laughter, share stories of his antics, and keep a little bit of his wit alive in your hearts.
Rest easy, Larry. You’ve earned it. Bah humbug and Semper Fi.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com