Lucille (Horton) Large

December 5, 1929 ~ October 9, 2021 (age 91)


Lucille Horton Large was the first child born to Willie and Queen Esther Horton on December 5, 1929 in Athens, Alabama. They moved to the New Castle community from Athens when she was young.

Lucille attended Birmingham public schools and graduated from Hooper City High School.

On August 28, 1946 she married Jimmy Gaston Large Sr.  They were the proud parents of nine children Betty, Jimmy Jr., Vivian, James, Calvin, Douglas, Gary, Bonita Faye, and Joseph. The family resided in the New Castle community. 

As a child, Lucille joined Mount Joy Baptist Church and served as a choir member and worked on the usher board.  As an adult, she united with the Deerfoot Church of Christ and was a faithful member there until her death.  She served diligently on the Kitchen Committee utilizing her exceptional culinary skills.

She worked several places in Birmingham.  She started working at Springdale Elementary School as a cook and then moved to Ketona Elementary School.  Later she worked as a Supervisor at Ketona Nursing Home until she retired. 

Lucille loved cooking and her specialty was to bake sweet desserts that melted in your mouth.  She always dressed to impress from head to toe.  Another of her passions was growing beautiful flowers for the house and yard.  She spent many hours laboring in the yard to ensure that it was perfect.

Lucille was loved by her family and friends.  Preceding her in death were her parents Willie and Queen Esther Horton, ; husband, Jimmy Gaston Large; siblings – James Horton, David Horton, Archie Horton, Milton Horton, Sammie Horton, Alberta McRae, and Mary Horton.

She leaves to cherish her memory: Children – Betty Griffin, Jimmy Gaston (Rosaland) Large Jr., Vivian Hall, James Large,  Calvin (Denice) Large, Douglas (Dorothy) Large, Gary Large, Bonita Faye Large and Joseph (Daphne) Large; twenty-four Grandchildren; thirty-six Great Grandchildren; Siblings – Amelia Rakestraw,  Dorothy Brown, Barbara Hall, Cora (Jesse) Lewis, Shirley (Gregory) Thomas and Johnny (Terri) Horton.

In addition, she leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the Large and Skipwith families, and friends.

Her life of prayer and seeking the Lord set an example for each of us and we must now work out our own soul salvation to ensure that we see Him.  

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October 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kirksey's Mortuary
3500 Avenue I Ensley
Birmingham, AL 35218

Graveside Service
October 16, 2021

11:00 AM
Elmwood Cemetery
600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211

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