Larry Allen McEachern was born on August 7, 1949, in Robeson County, North Carolina to his wonderful parents Aaron and Hattie McEachern, and was their ninth child. Larry enjoyed his early years growing up in Marietta, North Carolina. He received his education at Marietta Elementary School, and Rosenwald High School.
After graduating from high school Larry attended and graduated from Bull City Barber College in Durham, North Carolina. Always a man of excellence, Larry was an accomplished barber.
Larry enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country from March 1971 – July 1995, when he retired as a Command Sergeant Major. Serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, he was also stationed in Korea, Panama, Kuwait, Desert Storm Iraq, Germany: and the states of Virginia, Georgia, and California. During his 25 years of service, he received numerous medals and accommodations, including the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Good Conduct, Army Achievement, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, and other recognitions. He completed an exemplary military career as a Recruiter. As a War Hero, Larry was honorably discharged for his committed and excellent service to our country. Larry also attended and graduated from Troy State University during this time.
Larry was a successful insurance marketer and astute businessman after his military career. He owned and operated a successful revenue business for many years.
Larry accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He spent many years of faithful membership at Crenshaw Christian Center and served in the Helps Ministry as a Volunteer Personal Ministry Counselor.
On January 1, 2018, Larry married Ana Gloria. They complimented each other as an anointed team sharing God’s Word. They were great friends and enjoyed being together. Larry and Ana spent time enhancing their Marriage Covenant by attending marriage fellowships, retreats, and having countless conversations. Larry was a husband who epitomized Ephesians 5:25, loving Ana the way Christ loves His Body. He was her protector, provider, confidant, fulfiller of intimacy and more.
Being a Minister of the Gospel was why Larry was born. In June 1998, after graduating from Crenshaw Christian Center’s Ministry Training Institute founded by Apostle Frederick K. C. Price, he began holding weekly Bible Studies at a convalescent home in Los Angeles, and the local Community College in West Los Angeles. He was also a part of the Ministerial Assistance Program for Crenshaw Christian Center for eight years. Larry was diligent in teaching God's Word and leading souls to Christ. He traveled to Africa, Cuba, and throughout the United States on mission trips leading multitudes to Christ. This also included ministering at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. Dr. Mac as he was affectionately called, was known as a man of great compassion, love, and a giver.
It was not unusual to hear him ask a server at a restaurant, a grocery store worker, or just anyone he met the most important question – “If you died today do you know where you will spend eternity?” He was committed to making sure those he met, without any doubt would know and have Jesus the Christ in their heart, as their personal Lord and Savior.
Pursuing additional education, He completed the masters and doctoral programs at Friends International Christian University. Putting together various forms of training and education, Larry followed God's Leading and moved back to his roots in North Carolina. There he started and pastored Basic Training Christian Center in 2008, in Fairmont, North Carolina. The Mission Statement for Basic Training Christian Center was to equip and disciple the Body of Christ to win in life from a Biblical perspective with God's Word. Dr. Mac's vision for "BASIC" was "Be A Soldier In Christ". Many lives were changed by the dynamic teachings of Dr. Mac on his weekly radio show, Sunday services and Bible Studies.
Larry was an exemplary father and grandfather. He was caring, a mentor, supportive and always showed unconditional love. He truly set the standard of a father who trained his children and grandchildren in God's Word. To his siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins, and other extended family, Larry was their respected leader and counselor. His humorous demeanor always made him a joy to be around. He truly loved his family and friends and his kindness will always be a hallmark of the man he was.
Traveling was one of Larry's greatest enjoyments. He literally traveled throughout the world. His travels became even more special when he was able to share them with Ana, which began with their honeymoon cruise. To celebrate each anniversary, they traveled to places like Hawaii, San Francisco, Greece, Italy, and Spain.
On June 13, 2021, Larry Allen McEachern passed on to be with his Lord. Preceding him in death were his parents - Aaron and Hattie McEachern; brothers: Linwood McEachern and William Earl McEachern; and sisters: Bernell Commeordore and Alice D. Page. Left to cherish many precious memories of Larry are his wife - Ana Gloria McEachern; sons: Larry Allen McEachern, Jr. and Tony Bernard; daughters: Denita Foy-McEachern, Turrochelle Delicay McEachern, and Kelsey Nicole Kasey; grandsons: Ja'Quel Dickens-McEachern, Ja'Quez Dickens-McEachern, Tony Bernard, III, and Houston Lior Maurice Hawkins; brother: James D. McEachern (Carolyn); sisters: Annie Grace McEachern, Lillie J. Brooks (Bishop Theodore), Barbra Hatcher (Harry), and Letha McEachern; and sister-in-love: Georgia McEachern; and family members raised with Larry - nieces: LaVenita Smith and Sherry Lester Thompson, and nephew: Travis Driffin, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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