Rev. Dr. Larry Stookey - Updated 11/16/2016


UPDATE 11/16/2016
An informal memorial service will be held for Rev. Dr. Lawrence H. Stookey on November 20th, 2016 at Allen UMC, 26679 Collins Wharf Road, Allen, MD beginning at 2:00pm.

UPDATE 10/19/2016
Laurence Hull Stookey, beloved father, grandfather, professor and friend died at Asbury United Methodist Village on Sunday, October 16, 2016 after a long illness with Lewy Body Dementia. 

Larry was born in New Athens, IL on April 8th, 1937 the son of Loyd and Gladys (Hull) Stookey. He married Peggy Reynolds and had two daughters, Laura and Sarah. Larry attended Swarthmore College, Wesley Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Ph.D. in Theology. He was the Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of preaching and worship at Wesley Theological Seminary from 1973 until his retirement in 2007. He taught in Theological schools in Korea, New Zealand and many other places and was a beloved professor, who taught preaching and liturgics to thousands of seminarians throughout his career, teaching them how to love both God and the Church.  He was a prolific author and lecturer whose books have been translated into several languages.

His professional accomplishments included writing the liturgy for and participating in the dedication of the new chapel at Camp David under President George H.W. Bush and participating in the revision of the United Methodist Hymnal and Book of Worship.

A beloved pastor, Larry served many congregations throughout his career, including: Mt Pleasant UMC in Colora, Harrison Street UMC, Wilmington, Perryville UMC, Whitesville UMC, and most recently Asbury UMC in Allen, MD.

Larry loved to travel, both nationally and internationally. During his travels he has been made a Chief of the Olomu peoples by his royal highness, King Richard Ogbon II in Ogoni, Nigeria; he had been inside one of the caves from which the Dead Sea scrolls were recovered, had climbed to the top of the dome of the basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican and while in Rome, presented a copy of the United Methodist Hymnal to the Vatican Library.  He was a gifted musician who loved music and played multiple instruments. He was active politically and had personally seen every US president since Truman, with the exception of Gerald Ford and Barack Obama. He loved to bake, was an avid reader, and among his favorite subjects were church history and architecture. His creativity was evident through his designing of his home in Eden, MD, as well as in his hobbies of woodworking, photography, stained glass and liturgical vestments.

He is survived by two daughters, Laura (Stookey) Money in Rockville, MD and Sarah Stookey and her partner Sandra Knight in Gilbert, AZ. He had 6 Grandchildren: Allison (Alex) Nelson, Trevor Money, Tyler Money, Dana Kelly, Colleen Kelly, and Jason Kelly. He is also survived by his ex-wife and friend Peggy Reynolds.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC, on November 4th, 2016 at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior and a reception to follow.

Donations may be made in Larry’s memory to:
Lewy Body Dementia Association  ( )
912 Killian Hill Road, S.W.
Lilburn, GA 30047
Michael J Fox Foundation (1-800-708-7644)
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Donation Processing
P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

UPDATE 10/18/2016

Rev. Dr. Larry Stookey passed away on Sunday morning after a lengthy illness.  

Services will be held on November 4th at Metropolitan Memorial UMC, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC at 11:00am with visitation from 10:00am to 11:00am. 

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UPDATE 10/17/2016

Rev. Dr. Larry Stookey passed away on Sunday morning, October 16.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be updated when the information is made available. 

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Rev. Dr. Larry Stookey is gravely ill at Asbury Village in Gaithersburg, MD.  Dr. Stookey is peaceful, and he is resting, clearly in his final hours. His family has asked that he be kept in prayer during this time.
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