Saturday, October 24, 2009

....Larry Sheffield....

The Cole Bros. Circus family mourns the passing of James "Larry" Sheffield, who embarked on his final journey on October 16, 2009.

Larry began his circus career with Sells and Gray Circus, where he met and fell in love with Sheila Frazier, the woman destined to become his wife and best friend. A native of Sanford, North Carolina, with no previous connection to circus, Larry embraced life "on the road" with enthusiasm and an undying love for show business, the hardships it entails, the lasting bonds among show folks, and the wonderful people who make it endure. Larry justly earned the title of "Showmman."

Larry was the Concessions Manager for Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, later Cole Bros. Circus, where his smiling face and cordial presence welcomed patrons, friends and fans for many years.

Prior to beginning the 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Peter's Church in DeLand on Saturday, October 17th, Father Frank Zammit pointed to the spot that Sheila Sheffield usually occupied, noting the reason for her absence and asking the faithful gathered in the church to remember Larry in their prayers.

I send to you Father Frank's request.

Renee Storey