Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and
solemn remembrance that I rise to pay tribute to a great man and dear
friend of longstanding, Mr. Larry N. Wofford. Larry passed away on
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and a funeral service will be held on
Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Vance Brooks
Funeral Home in Phenix City, Alabama.
A native son of Columbus, Georgia, Larry was born on August 1, 1944,
to the union of the late Claude Newton Wofford and Zola Coker Wofford.
He was retired from AT&T where he faithfully worked for over 47 years.
During his distinguished career, he served as President, Communication
Workers of America (CWA) Local No. 3212 for over 38 years; President,
CWA Retirees for over five years; member of five Bargaining Committees;
member of Telephone Pioneers of America; President, Chattahoochee
Valley Labor Council for four years; and was actively involved with the
Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes in LaGrange, Georgia for over 25 years.
Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said that ``Service is the
rent that we pay for the space that we occupy here on this earth.''
Larry paid his rent and he paid it well!
He will be remembered for his insightful and optimistic spirit, his
passion for helping others, and his immense love for his family. He
leaves behind a great legacy in how life should be lived and warm
cherished memories in the lives of those who knew him.
While he was preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his
loving wife, Sue, and a host of family, friends, and colleagues in the
labor movement, who will miss him dearly. On a personal note, I am
proud to have called Larry my friend. He was always encouraging and
supportive of my career in the Georgia General Assembly and in the
United States Congress and I will be forever grateful for his
friendship, advice, and counsel over the years.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me, along with my wife,
Vivian; and the more than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District in saluting Mr. Larry N. Wofford for his
lifelong dedication to serving working men and women and humankind in
general. I would also like to ask my colleagues in the House to join us
in extending our deepest sympathies to Larry's family, friends, and
loved ones during this difficult time. We pray that they will be
consoled and comforted by an abiding faith and the Holy Spirit in the
days, weeks, and months ahead.
116th Congress