Lawrence E. (Larry) Forgy Jr., 82, of Lexington, passed away on January 13, 2022 at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
He was born August 4, 1939, in Lewisburg, Kentucky, to the late Lawrence E. Forgy, Sr. and Mary Greene Forgy. As a distinguished attorney, public servant, and political figure, Larry’s long career spanned six decades and earned him a place as one of the Commonwealth’s most memorable and enduring personalities, who was known for his intelligence, colorful wit, and rhetorical brilliance. Larry attended school in Morgantown and then graduated from high school in Lewisburg, excelling in both academics and in sports, averaging 19 points per game in his senior season (1956-57) and receiving a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Larry transferred to University of Kentucky after two years at UT-Martin and, after one year there, completed his undergraduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, Larry worked as a US Capitol guard while attending the George Washington College of Law, where he obtained his law degree in 1964.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Anderson Forgy, who passed away in 2020, his parents, Lawrence (1981) and Mary (1999), and his brother, Freddie, who died in a tragic car accident in 1969.
In addition to being a practicing attorney in Kentucky for over 50 years, Larry served as general counsel and budget director in the administration of Gov. Louie B. Nunn from 1967 until 1971. After the Nunn Administration, he was vice president for business affairs at the University of Kentucky under President Dr. Otis A. Singletary, and he also later served on the UK Board of Trustees, where he was chairman of the Finance Committee. Larry was a major figure in Kentucky politics who ran for governor three times, narrowly losing bids in 1991 and 1995 for the Commonwealth’s highest office. Larry was a former Republican national committee member, and co-chaired both of President Ronald Reagan’s successful campaigns in Kentucky in 1980 and 1984.
Larry is survived by his son, John, his daughter, Katherine, his two granddaughters, Olivia and Virginia Peppiatt, his sister, State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, his brother-in-law, Randy Lutke, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family would also like to thank Larry’s special friend and caregiver, John Brown, for his years of friendship and service.
A time of visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2pm, with a funeral service following at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Way of Kentucky at uwky.org/tornado for tornado relief in Mayfield, KY (Graves Co.) and Bowling Green, KY (Warren Co.).
An expanded obituary is available at www.milwardfuneral.com.