Larry Dale Birchfield, age 70, of Winchester, formerly of Pikeville, met his Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on Sunday, October 17, 2021, while at the Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY.
The baby of twelve children, Larry was born in Pike County on March 14, 1951, to Calvin and Viola Smith Birchfield. He graduated from Johns Creek High School in 1970, and in 1974, he graduated from Pikeville College with a Bachelor degree. Around that same time, the eastern Kentucky coal industry exploded and the good pay was enough to entice Larry to take a job at an eastern Kentucky mine. He worked on strip mines for 37 years, 23 of those as a mining superintendent. After he retired, Larry moved to Winchester, Kentucky, where he spent years enjoying and attending many University of Kentucky sporting events, attending Northside Baptist Church, and turning his garage into the neighborhood hangout for his beloved friends. Larry had a vast knowledge of many sports but considering he was a UK fanatic, much of that knowledge revolved around the University of Kentucky Wildcats. His friends lovingly nicknamed him ‘Larry Vitale’.
Larry was a baptized believer of Jesus Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Viola Birchfield, and his siblings, Fred, Elmer ‘Don’, Pauline, Betty, and Lester James and Teddy Wayne (stillborn twins). Left to cherish his memory is his son, Mark and wife, Kim, and grandson, Benjamin Birchfield, all of Olive Hill, KY, and his daughter, Amanda Lambert and husband, Jeff, and grand-dog, Krusher, of Baxter, KY; three sisters, Florene Birchfield, Pikeville, Mary Lou Mullins, Versailles, and Shirley Birchfield, Pikeville; two brothers, Russell ‘Joe’ Birchfield and wife, Ruby, and Harold Birchfield and wife, Nina, all of Pikeville; sister-in-law, Vivian Ford Birchfield (Fred), of Pikeville; as well as many extended family and friends.
Friends may gather to express condolences at Larry’s visitation on Thursday, October 21, in Winchester, at the Northside Baptist Church, 15 Pendleton Street, Winchester, KY, from 5:00-6:30 P.M., with the memorial service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reverend Jesse Kline will be officiating.
A second gathering will be held in Pikeville at the Bob Amos Overlook, 891 Bob Amos Drive, Pikeville, KY, on Friday, October 22, from 4:30-6:30 P.M., with the memorial service beginning at 6:30. Reverend David Overbay will be officiating.
Larry will be buried in a private graveside service at the Birchfield Family Cemetery in Pikeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Northside Baptist Church, 15 Pendleton Street, Winchester, KY 40391
The family requests that all who attend Larry’s services wear UK gear, in honor of his great love of the Wildcats.
Harlan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Birchfield family.