Larry B. DeHart PDF Print E-mail

Larry B. DeHart, 78, of Pomaria died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. He was married for over 52 years to the late Margaret S. DeHart.

Born December 26, 1941 in Newberry, he was a son of the late Clarence B. and Elizabeth Reighley DeHart. He was a a 1960 graduate of Newberry High School. Larry served six years in the SC Air National Guard. He was an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where he has served on church council, usher and other committees.

Larry spent his life promoting agriculture. He operated Larry B. DeHart Farms raising hogs (1974-2015) and turkeys (1996-2016). He won many state and local awards for production of both. He and Margaret were most proud of him being named the 2009 SC Grower of the Year for turkey production at the SC Poultry Federation Conference and in 2017 Larry and Margaret were awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the SC Poultry Federation for conservation, environmental and community service. This award has only been given three times in the last twenty-five years.

Larry enjoyed being a part of many organizations including being a member since 1989 and serving as chairman for several years on the SC Pork Board, on Newberry County Farm Bureau, representative on the SC Farm Bureau Pork Commodity Committee and represented the state of SC on the National Pork Producers Council. He was a member of many other local organizations including being an active member on Consolidated Fire Department for 50 years, where he currently served as Captain.

He is survived by a sister, Beverly D. Pitts (Johnnie, Sr.) and their children, Denise Pitts, Johnny Pitts, Jr. and Bridget Bouknight (Michael), a brother, Bobby DeHart (Debra Matthews) and their children, Libby Wessinger (Shane), Susannah Price and Brittany Bishop (Chuck). Also his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elma Rhea and Rick Harley and their children, Jay Harley (Cindy), Chris Harley (Jessie) and Mike Harley (Heather). Also many great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank At Home Senior Care Plus for their services and compassionate care, Dr. Lovelace, Dr. Cantey, the nurses at Newberry Hospital, Prisma Health Hospice, Pomaria Rescue Squad and to Pastor Jackson and all the church family and friends for their concern and prayers.

Graveside services will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church Cemetery at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 17, 2020 by the Rev. Steve Jackson. Due to COVID-19 concerns and the safety of all person, the family requests that masks be worn and social distancing be maintained. Family and friends may come by the funeral home on Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to sign the guest register and pay their respect.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Wicker, Mike Boheler, J.C. Doolittle, Wilson Felker, Danny Reighley, Vernon DeHart, Oneal Lindler, Johnny Pitts and Freddie Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Crooks, Mike Ruff, the Class of Newberry High 1960, SC Pork Board, SC Poultry Federation and the Consolidated and Maybinton Fire Departments.

The family suggests memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church General Fund, PO Box 170, Pomaria, SC 29126 or to the Consolidated Fire Department, c/o Scott Meetze, 4674 Mt. Pleasant Road, Newberry, SC 29108.



#18 Rachel Dickert 2020-10-27 14:52
Mr. Larry, after hearing about Mrs. DeHeart, I tried to reach out to you, unable to find you in any way, being way in Texas now. I will never forget you and Mrs., Deheart as you both open your home to me and my children. I remember how in love my youngest daughter was with the pig farm and I so much enjoyed working in the turkey farm. You and your wife was always caring and loving. You both have always been in my heart and mind. Thank you for wonderful memories, you both will always keep a place in my heart. RIP Mr. & Mrs. DeHeart.
#17 Shaye Miller 2020-10-16 18:13
Bobby and family we were saddened to learn of Larry's passing. To know that he is with Margaret brings you some comfort. I pray that God' wraps his arms around you and your family and brings you strength during these difficult times.
Eric and Shaye Miller
#16 Bob Pollard 2020-10-16 16:28
I have had the privilege of knowing Mr. Larry for many years, and serving alongside him with the Newberry County Fire Service. His contributions to the safety and well being of the citizens of our community are immeasurable. Thank you to the Dehart family for sharing him with us. Rest in peace my friend.
#15 LARRY MCKENZIE 2020-10-16 15:01
DeHart Family -
I hated to hear of Larry's passing. I know he had major battles with cancer and he was always upbeat even through the difficult times.
I had the pleasure of working with Larry for several decades as part of the Farm Bureau organization. He was a true leader and set an example for our other members.
He will truly be missed by our organization and especially by me personally.

Larry McKenzie
#14 Alice & Brice Boozer 2020-10-16 10:31
Sending prayers for the family during this difficult time. May God bless each of you and give you peace.
#13 Deb & Derrill Taylor 2020-10-15 18:49
To all the family, We send our deepest sympathy. You're in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.
Much Love, Debra & Derrill Taylor
#12 ronnie saville 2020-10-15 17:04
So sorry to hear about Larry, We were good friends all thru high school and as fellow members of the class of 1960 remained friends for all these years always enjoyed seeing him and Margaret at class reunions and at gamecock sporting events. one day we will have a reunion where we will once again see all of the class of 1960. Ronnie and Bonnie Saville
#11 Mary Linda 2020-10-15 15:29
Beverly and Bobby and family, What memories we have growing up together! Beverly, you and Marcia and Larry and I walking home from Boundary St. School or your mother picking us up. We go back a long way, don't we? It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to Larry, but what a blessing that he no longer suffers. I send my love to you all. Mary Linda
#10 Heather Lindler 2020-10-15 13:14
Mr. Larry will be missed by so many. He was always such a pleasure to be around and kind to all. He was a wonderful friend to my husband and he loved to share his advice and lend a hand. Thank you for all you brought to our lives. Love, Oneal & Heather Lindler
#9 debbie walton 2020-10-15 07:55
Larry will be missed by family and friends. I have known Larry most of my life. I remember being at Aunt Frances and Uncle Jake's when Larry would come pick up Margaret for a date. She was all dressed up and pretty. I remember thinking I wanted to be like them when I got older.
Later my husband and I joined them to tailgate outside of Williams Brice. That was fun and yummy.
You will be missed. But I know you are in heaven with our other loved ones.
#8 Becki McSwain 2020-10-15 07:29
So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Bobby. Sending you and your family my prayers.
#7 Carol Ann Lucas 2020-10-14 19:49
Thinking of you all. Prayers!
#6 Connie Rayfield 2020-10-14 15:32
Deepest SYMPATHY to all.
#5 Jim & Jean Counts 2020-10-14 13:55
DeHart Family — we send our sympathies to all the family. May your wonderful memories help sustain you in the coming days.
#4 Alice Longshore 2020-10-14 12:01
Ms. Beverly and family, Sorry to hear about Mr Larry. I know he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Alice & John Longshore
#3 Sheriff Lee Foster 2020-10-14 11:08
Larry was my friend and was always better to me than I deserved. Not only was he one of the first people to support me when I decided to run for Sheriff, but we were long suffering Gamecocks. I loved going to basketball games with him, especially in the old Coliseum, and him educating me in the finer facts of farming. That was often more interesting than the games. I shall miss you my friend. You were a good man and a great community servant, but a better friend. Thank you for your service to God, our Country, and Community. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#2 Paula & Stan Mills 2020-10-14 10:45
Dear Bobby & Family,

We want to extend our condolences, thoughts and prayer to you all during this very difficult time. May the Lord comfort you all.

Paula, Stan, Patrick & Meredith Mills
#1 Lynn Wessinger 2020-10-14 10:08
We are so sorry to hear about Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger