Family of Larry Belcher talks about the man they knew

Rep. Larry Belcher (Photo courtesy: Belcher family)
Rep. Larry Belcher (Photo courtesy: Belcher family)
Linda Belcher
Linda Belcher
Jennifer Brinkley
Jennifer Brinkley

By Scott Harvey - bio | email       
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State Representative Larry Belcher died tragically Monday in a car accident on Interstate 65. Tuesday, his family and friends spoke to WAVE 3's Scott Harvey about the man he was and the impressions he made.

Larry Belcher started his teaching career in 1970 and for the past six years has served in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Now we remember him for his dedication to family, education, and the people of Bullitt County.

"I thought it would be a tribute to him to go out and do this," said Mark Wooley as he placed black balloons on Belcher's campaign signs. Wooley says Larry Belcher was a lifelong friend.

"Larry was an awesome man. Great for our country and a very instrumental leader for our county."

"Growing up, you know he didn't have a lot," said Linda Belcher, Larry's wife of 39 years. "He wanted to make it better for the people and the children of this county and he has."

If you ask anyone, they will tell you Larry Belcher dedicated his life to everyone else.

"Other than teaching he coached softball and gymnastics and anything to help the children," said Linda.

That is what Larry was doing Monday.

"I called my dad yesterday (Monday) to come down to Bowling Green, which is where I live. My husband and I are foster parents and our foster child was sick," said Jennifer Brinkley, Larry's daughter. "He had a great time. We were able to have dinner all together and I got to be with him before he left, so I'm just really thankful for that time, but I think that tells you a lot about my dad. Because this child has only been with us for a month and he came down because that was another child that needed help."

"I just hope that they remember him for all the good that he has done and for the person that he was," said Linda. "He loved people. He had a fantastic sense of humor. Never met a stranger and constantly teased people, including me. That is what I want him to be remembered for, not the truck accident."

Visitation for Larry Belcher will take place at the Little Flock Baptist Church in Shepherdsville Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations can be made in Larry's honor to the Shepherdsville Lions Club.