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Larry Papizan

Larry “Brillo” Papizan, 78, of Crystal Springs, passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2022, surrounded by his family. Larry was born on Jan. 25, 1944, to Grady and Thelma Papizan. He graduated from Crystal Springs High School and enrolled at Mississippi State University. He was commissioned in the ROTC while at Mississippi State University, then entered the U.S. Air Force and was stationed for one year at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida before being transferred to Bentwaters Royal Air Force Base in England. Larry was a devout Christian and fierce believer in public service. These two beliefs shaped his entire life.
Larry was united in holy matrimony to Faith Papizan in Crystal Springs. Their union was blessed with three children, Stephen, Cherie, and Rebecca. Stephen and Cherie were born while he was stationed in England. When they returned home from England, Larry enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with a master’s degree in accounting and business. He then moved his family to Lafayette, La., and eventually New Orleans while working for Amoco Oil. Rebecca was born shortly after moving to Lafayette.
In addition to living abroad, Larry and Faith embarked on many different adventures during their 57 years together. They lived in Louisiana for 10 years before moving back home to Crystal Springs to open a grocery store where they raised their children as devout Christians at First Baptist Church. Larry was a deacon at the church, served on numerous committees, and also served as the youth minister for a time, then worked with the youth group for the rest of his life.
After they left the grocery store business, Larry worked for the Copiah County public school system until he retired from there 10 years ago. Even then, he couldn’t stay away and returned part-time.
Larry was a loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather (Papa). He was a fierce advocate for the youth in both the church and the public school system. He had a love for running and watching any and all athletic events. Every year, he drove the bus for youth trips, supported the local youth by attending nearly all their sporting events, and guided them spiritually in and out of the church. Additionally, as a loving grandfather, he attended his grandkids’ plays, games, vacations, and just spent time with them. He was a constant in nearly all kids’ lives he encountered. He loved mentoring and supporting youth. He saw them as the future and fiercely believed in their ability to shape a loving and Christian-inspired world. He inspired so many with his kind, generous, and enthusiastic spirit. Larry was their biggest champion.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Thelma Papizan; and his brother, Stanley Papizan.
Larry’s survivors include his loving wife, Faith; their children, Stephen (Miranda) Papizan, Cherie (Bill) Powell, and Rebecca Little; their grandchildren, Grayson, Hannah, Ben, Jared, Cooper, and Max; and his sister, Beverly (William) Teasley.
A funeral service was held March 8 at First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs. Burial followed at Old Crystal Springs Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, Youth Fund.