Lawrence David Schmitt, 63, passed away July 13, 2017, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.
He leaves his wife, Phyllis Dalton of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his stepdaughter, Heather Cooley of Richmond, Va.; his parents, Michael R. and Joyce E. Schmitt; two brothers of Danville; and a sister of Covington, Ind.
He graduated from Indiana State University and retired from General Electric in Richmond.
Larry and his wife lived in Richmond for 35 years until two years ago when they retired to Winston-Salem, N.C. They were ardent collectors of vintage and antique items that tastefully decorated their 1890s-era home in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. Larry enjoyed amassing unusual things, like his collection of old-timey milkshake makers and unusual coin banks. The couple was often seen perusing Richmond estate and yard sales for unique pieces to add to their collection or to give as gifts to their many friends.
Larry was an admitted Francophile, a lifestyle his wife happily supported. The couple traveled to France many times and they both studied French language and culture for a number of years. Gatherings at their home often included the strains of Edith Piaf in the background and French food on the menu. There was no doubt that Larry greeted St. Peter at the gate with a robust, "Bonjour!"
Larry was fiercely independent and eschewed joining clubs and societies, with one exception ... Costco. Larry often joked about having lunch "at the club," slyly remarking on the ever-changing array of samples to choose from. His sense of humor defined him as he was always looking for the funny aspects of everyday situations. His laughter will be sorely missed by friends and family.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Twin Counties Humane Society, PO Box 125, Hillsville, VA 24343 or Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.
Published on July 27, 2017