BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR EAN
When Larry Lee, of Prattville, was reported missing Feb. 5, the Prattville Police Department, area media and the community joined together on a huge search to find him safely.
Fortunately, he was found along with his beloved dog Petie, not long after. He was hospitalized for medical issues, and unfortunately died a few days later.
His love, Brigitte, had these words to share with the EAN regarding the ordeal of him missing, being miraculously found, and his untimely passing. Our prayers are with the Lee family at this time.
From Brigitte Lee:
“The effort of the Prattville Police Department was nothing short of heroic to find Larry and his little dog in a vast isolated stretch of the Talladega National Forest miles away from his home in Prattville. His abandoned car was spotted by helicopter and was 8 miles away from where he was found. He walked all night with a flashlight in the most horrific weather on Wednesday night. He was found and recognized as the missing person featured on the WSFA news and these beautiful angels brought him to the nearest hospital in Clanton one hour away from their home.
“He suffered hypothermia and was treated. The family had precious moments with him talking and celebrating his rescue. He had suffered a mild heart attack during his horrific ordeal but he had no recollection of what had occurred. God was with him all the way. He then was transferred to Jackson Hospital and surrounded by a wonderful and caring staff. Later on that evening Larry, quietly and unexpectedly, died surrounded by loving people.
“His dog was found alive when the car was found. So amazing how many people gave so much of themselves to bring Larry and his dog home. The world is full of good people. Thank you and Blessings to all.”
Larry was a resident of Prattville, Al and he would have celebrated his 72nd birthday next week. He was born in McKenzie, Al.
He graduated from Evergreen, Al High School in 1966. He went to Clark Ministerial College in Newton, MS and then joined the Air Force. He is the son of the late Everett Lee and the late Ercie Lanier Salter.
He is survived by the love of his life, Brigitte Lee, and his two sons, Ira Lee and Blaine Lee. He is survived by his brother Lavon Lee, and sister Angel Salter Parker, six nieces and one nephew.
Larry worked as an industrial pipe fitter foreman throughout south Alabama and northwest Florida. He also worked at Alabama River Pulp, Prattville Papermill and Prattville Gin Shop.
Larry served in the U.S Air Force during the Vietnam war and was stationed in Utapo, Thailand and Panama South America.
Larry was compassionate and loved animals. After retirement he enjoyed spending time with Brigitte and their dogs. He enjoyed visiting with residents of Prattville on their daily walks.
In lieu of flowers the family had asked for donations to be made to the Prattville Autauga Humane Shelter or your favorite charity.
Visitation is Feb. 12 at Southern Memorial Funeral home 3154 Highland Ave Montgomery, Al. from 5 to 7 pm and his memorial and celebration of life to be announced at a later date to give time for people from out of town to attend.
“Thank you to all who helped to bring Larry and little Petie home especially the Prattville Police Department. So grateful we could spend his last two days with us. God was with him all the way,” Brigitte said.