Who was Larry Vance Hughes?

Larry mainLarry Vance Hughes was an amazing husband, son, father, friend, Christian, businessman…and so much more.

He grew up in Burnsville, North Carolina with his parents and two older brothers. Larry attended Western Carolina University and then entered the accounting field, where he built a successful 40-year career, retiring in 2013, as the Managing Partner of Healthcare at Dixon Hughes Goodman. Well known and well loved in his field, Larry truly left a legacy.

If you knew Larry, you knew that retirement didn’t slow him down. He pursued his passion of knowledge and love of God, by embarking on a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology at Pfeiffer University. As well, he was able to serve and give back to the community by taking on a new position in the office of the COO at Samaritan’s Purse.

larry and kimSurrounded by his family and friends, Larry was diagnosed with ALS in the fall of 2013. Soon after, they joined him in his battle against ALS knowing that while Larry’s life would sadly be cut short, their efforts might someday save another family member or loved one.

Larry’s family and friends believed that by forming The LVH ALS Foundation, not only would it honor Larry, but it would provide hope to future generations through its crucial fundraising efforts to fight this disease. The passion and drive Larry had – and his tireless efforts to give his time to so many – have impacted all involved in the work of the foundation that bears his name.

Larry was never one to ask for sympathy and through his strong faith, accepted his fate with the knowledge that God would use him for a greater good. With heavy hearts, Larry’s family and friends said goodbye to the man they loved on November 12, 2014. He passed peacefully at home. Larry is survived by his wonderful wife of 21 years, Kim; son Johnathan and wife Tammy; daughter Sarah; two stepsons, Josh and wife Ashley and Brett and wife Wendy; and six grandchildren who all brought him great joy.

LVH ALS Foundation

One of the scriptures that Larry clung to through his battle was

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

– Romans 8:37-39

Larry was truly a conqueror and we will all be forever changed by knowing him.