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Larry H. Sweet, age 71, of Webb City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at UT Southwestern St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He was born July 6, 1940, in Baxter Springs, Kan. to Bruce and Waneta Sweet.

Larry worked in the Flooring Department at Lowe’s for the last 13 years. Prior to that he owned and operated Sweet’s Furniture, Home Rug Company and Sweet’s Country Collectibles. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin.

He was united in marriage to Connie Shira on November 12, 1967, in Baxter Springs, Kan.

He was preceeded in death by his father-in-law, John “Junior” Shira.

Those left to mourn his passing include his wife, Connie Sweet, of the home; one son, Brent Sills and wife, Lori of Riverton, Kan.; a daughter, Lanná Foster and husband, Steve of Webb City; a daughter, Tiffini Maynard and husband, Jeff of Amarillo, Texas. Eight grandchildren who were the highlight of his life and who will dearly miss their “Papa”, Holli, Haleigh, Trey, Trent, Rhett, Jake, Will and Ramsey. His mother-in-law, Yveta Shira; brother and sister-in-law, Kim and Claudette Shira, and several nieces.

He enjoyed playing golf and attending his grandkids ballgames.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Dr. DiMaio and his entire staff and each and every employee at UT Southwestern who helped care for him during the 72 days he was there. He received outstanding care that we will forever be grateful for.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thornhill Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Christ’s Church of Oronogo with Mark Christian officiating. Pallbearers will be Gary Burton, Larry “Bull” Hutts, Floyd Tyler, Bill Chapman, Jack Taft, Jim Scroggs, Marvin Sills and Alan Hughes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Ferguson, Claude Gideon and Kim Shira.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website . Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.