Larry Melvin Saunders

by | May 25, 2019 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Larry Melvin Saunders passed away at the age of 84 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Harbor’s Edge.

Born in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the son of Bertha and Edward Saunders, of blessed memory. He spent most of his life living in the Tidewater area, except for his four years as a University of Chapel Hill Tar Heel, where he graduated with a degree in Communications. From the age of 13, Larry was involved in some capacity with broadcasting and journalism and was still going to Max Media every Tuesday up until the week before he passed.

Besides being a devoted family man and supporting causes close to his heart, Larry spent much of his time working. Among his greatest accomplishments were starting 2WD with Dick Lamb, later going in with Gene Loving and John Trinder to form Max Media, being the president of The Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and being inducted into The Virginia Communication Hall of Fame.

His death was preceded by that of his wife of 58 years, Natalie, of blessed memory.

Larry is survived by his daughter Debbi and her husband Barry; his son Jeff and his wife Stephanie; and four grandchildren: Jamie, Nicole, Carleigh, and Benjamin.

A graveside service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to the EVMS Diabetes Institute and Congregation Beth El.