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Lawrence M. “Larry” Minter, country music performer

April 17, 1937 – Feb. 4, 2017

Lawrence M. “Larry” Minter, of Depew, a country musician and truck driver, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 79.

Born in Richmond, Va., he twice was Virginia state champion lead guitarist in the late 1950s.

Lawrence Minter Sr.

Mr. Minter was invited to play twice at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and was a staff musician at the Wheeling Jamboree in West Virginia.

He opened for Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Sawyer Brown and was lead guitarist for Ray Price and Johnny Paycheck.

Locally, he was lead guitarist for Happy Mann and the Country Squires and was known for his lightning-fast rendition of “Orange Blossom Special.”

When not performing, he was a truck driver for various local truck owner-operators.

A Buffalo-area resident since 1966, he was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He enjoyed NASCAR racing and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Kathleen MacDonald; seven sons, Lawrence Jr., Keith, Terry, Steven, David, Clifford and Charles; two daughters, Kelly Mergler and Nikki Horvath; three sisters, Joanne Rivers, Louise Buchanen and Joyce Carroll; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will follow visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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