KANNAPOLIS James Larry Stroup, 71, of Kannapolis, went to be the Lord Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Atrium Health, Cabarrus, following a short illness. Larry was born Dec. 27, 1947, in DeKalb County, Ga., a son of the late James Arthur and Martha Lee Whitley Stroup. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Starnes, and a stepson, Scott Brown. Larry was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Kannapolis where he had served as a church elder and was on various committees. He had retired from Food Lion with 30 years of service. He had served as produce manager. Larry enjoyed golfing, hunting, yard work, and going to the beach. Funeral services to celebrate Larry's life will be held at 4 p.m., today (Sunday, Oct. 6), at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Pastor Steve Leigh. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service. At other times, they will be at the residence. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Shelby Jean Stroup of the home; three children, Gene (Kim) Stroup of Raleigh, Dina (Chris) Story and Lisa Starnes, all of Albemarle; and two stepchildren, Doug (Jan) Brown and Michael (Sharon) Brown, all of China Grove. He is also survived by a brother, Gary Stroup (Cheryl) of Albemarle; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. The family requests that memorials be made to Lakewood Baptist Church, 806 Kluttz St., Kannapolis, NC 28081 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Stroup. Condolences may be sent at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.