Larry D. "Bubba" Byrnes

Larry D. “Bubba” Byrnes, 64, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Chuck Horton and Tim Roberts officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
His survivors include
Wife of 43 years: Mary Byrnes of Center
Jonathan Byrnes of Center
Larry Joseph Byrnes of Center
Brother: Chris Byrnes and wife, Tina, of Center
Pam Porter and husband, Russell, of Gary
Mother-in-law: Evelyn Sanford of Center
Dennis Crowley and wife, Stacie, of Huntsville
Charles Crowley of Center
JoBeth Kimbro and husband, Tom, of Center
JoAnn Dodson and husband, J.D., of Center
Loyce Watson of Center
Allorah Jo Byrnes of Denver, Colorado
Numerous cousins, friends and relatives
Special Friend: Amy Allen of Harbor Hospice
Sister: Scheli Holloway
Preceded in death by
Parents: C. M. “Larry” and Billye J. Watson Byrnes
Grandparents: Thomas D. and Minnie Watson, Clarence and Annie Faye Byrnes
Brother-in-law: Larry Danny Crowley
Sister-in-law: Lisa Scott Byrnes
Nephew: Clint Fenton
On November 4, 1952, Larry Douglas “Bubba” Byrnes started his life’s journey in Center, Texas.  At 18 months of age, he contracted polio and was paralyzed from the waist down.  His parents never allowed him to think of himself as disabled.  With hard work and perseverance, he accomplished his goals of swimming, horseback riding, motorcycling, snow skiing, baseball and whatever he set his mind to do.  
Bubba was a 1972 graduate of Center High School.  He started Byrnes Dental Lab in Center after completing dental school.  In 1974, he was accepted into the MD Anderson Maxillofacial Prosthetics.  After completing, he went into the field of orthotics at Medical Center Brace in Houston.  Bubba moved back to Center in 1981, where he became partners with his family in ventures such as owning and operating assisted living facilities and the JOI Ranch until his retirement.
For the past five years, Bubba, “Cowboy” as he was known, was a dedicated volunteer with the East Texas Motorcycles Enthusiasts Inc. in Chireno to contribute to Make A Wish Foundation.  Cowboy loved this foundation because he always said, “It’s all about the kids.”  He dearly loved his extended family and friends of ETME.
Pallbearers will be Trey Byrnes, Beau Buster Byrnes, Morgan Bailey, Stephen Kimbro, Adam Kimbro, Russ Porter, Patrick Porter, Keith Askew and Brian Smith.
A special thank you to Dr. Joseph Scarmado and his staff.  Also, a very special thank you to Harbor Hospice.
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