From a contemporary press report:
Larry Addison Cossairt, 69, a retired Navy Commander and broker with Morgan Stanley in Alexandria, died April 7, 2004, at his home in Fairfax, Virginia. He had cancer.
Commander Cossairt was a native of Norfolk, Nebraska, and a 1952 accounting graduate of the University of Southern California.
He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1980, predominantly as a Naval Aviator. During the Vietnam War, he became a flight deck officer on the aircraft carrier Oriskany.
His final active-duty assignment was with the Naval Recruiting Command in Arlington. Among his work there was scheduling appearances by the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration team, in the Washington area.
He joined Dean Witter in Alexandria in the early 1980s, and the company became Morgan Stanley before he retired in 2001. He had been an Alexandria branch manager during his career.
Until recent months, he was a board member and marketing director for Senior Employment Resources, a not-for-profit group in Annandale that helps senior citizens find work.
Last year, the U.S. Tennis Association for the mid-Atlantic region honored Commander Cossairt for his work chairing the men's 55 and over and 65 and over indoor court championship tournaments, held annually at the Four Seasons Tennis Club in Fairfax.
In addition to tennis, his interests included fly-fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Charlene Shatteck “Charlie” Cossairt, of Fairfax; two children, Jeff Cossairt of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Kristin DeBerry of Lovettsville, Virginia; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.
COSSAIRT, LARRY ADDISON, CDR, USN (Ret.)
On April 7, 2004, at his residence, LARRY A. COSSAIRT. Beloved husband of Charlene “Charlie” Cossairt; loving father of Jeff (Leslie) Cossairt and Kristin (Todd) DeBerry; dear brother of Linda Boylan and Bill Cossairt (Mary); cherished grandfather of Taylor and Madison Cossairt, Kelsey, Eric and Joshua DeBerry. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in Truro Episcopal Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax, VA. Inurnment with Military Honors, Thursday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
COSSAIRT, LARRY A
- CDR US NAVY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 10/01/1950 – 10/01/1980
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/25/1934
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/07/2004
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 05/06/2004
- BURIED AT: SECTION 5-LL ROW 11 SITE 2
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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