Mr. Larry Weldon Wall, Sr. (better known as “Coach Wall”), 78, a resident of Thomasville, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Hospice Home at High Point.
He was born in Randolph County on November 13, 1941, to the late Clifford Weldon Wall and Louie Kinley Wall. A natural athlete, Coach Wall’s passion was sports! He somehow found time to play three—football, basketball and baseball—through high school, and he continued playing football and basketball in college. His love of sports and ability to lead and motivate both in the classroom and on the sideline put him on a path to a teaching career at Silver Valley Middle School, Trinity High School and Lexington Senior High School. His favorite subject to teach was biology, and he could talk for hours about DNA molecules with the same enthusiasm he had when game planning for an opponent or devising a trick play late in the 4th quarter. Each day’s closing bell was like an extended shot clock for Coach Wall, signaling the start of the second part of his day as he eagerly ran to the locker room to meet with his players. Personal milestones weren’t his style, but the stat sheet for his 30-year career includes leading countless practices for more than 1,000 student-athletes and coaching more than 1,500 games. He truly loved every moment spent on the fields and the courts, and he would often recite each play of every game, praising the outstanding effort given by his players.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Wall Robertson. He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife (two weeks shy) of 57 years, Geneva Gordon Wall; a son, Larry Wall, Jr. (Kristen) of Lexington; a daughter, Leigh Ann Klee (Steve) of Greensboro; three grandchildren, Shelby Wall, Ian Wall and Jon Klee; one sister, Gloria Wall Braxton of Thomasville and her son, Creath Jarrell; and nephew Zane Robertson (Bobbi).
Due to the coronavirus, a family-only graveside service will be held at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, however, a memorial service will take place at a later date. If you would like to receive information on the memorial service once plans are finalized, please send an email with your contact details to CoachWallMemorial@gmail.com. Condolences may also be emailed to the family at the same address.
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