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Rev. Lawrence McNeil Correu

Obituary for Rev. Lawrence McNeil Correu

July 17, 2017
Windcrest, Texas


Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1931, to Mary Lou and Daniel Correu, Lawrence (Larry) Correu was one of five siblings. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit, his love of family, and devotion to God.

Larry received a B.A. degree from Austin College, an M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and an M.S in Deaf Education from the University of Tennessee. During the fifty years of his ministry, he served as pastor of churches in several Texas communities and an editor for the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education. He was also editor of These Days devotional guide for eleven years. He authored two books: Beyond the Broken Marriage and his memoir, Born Into a Dresser Drawer.

Larry inherited a genetic deafness from his mother's side of the family. In 1986, he became Executive Director of San Antonio Independent Living Services , where he advocated for deaf persons and people with all disabilities for eleven years. During this time, he was appointed Commissioner of Texas Commission for the Deaf by Gov. Ann Richards and served in this capacity for six years. In 1996, Larry received recognition from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission for his exemplary leadership and dedication to serving people with disabilities. He was especially honored to be invited to be present for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President H. W. Bush.

An avid tennis player, Larry loved the game and the friendships it created. He was a great fan of the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys.

Larry is survived by his wife Jerry; children, Richard Correu, John (Chrissi) Correu, and Lori (Craig) Crownover; step-children, Catherine Otey (Keith Aitchison), Carol Otey (Aldo Rustioni), Angela Otey (Bill Gundry), David (Susan) Otey; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Correu and Suzy Lanier; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held August 5, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. Memorial gifts may be made to the church or preferred charity.

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  • Madison Square Presbyterian Church
    319 Camden Street
    San Antonio, TX 78215

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