Larry Darnell Washington, a popular disc jockey AKA “Choppa” whose wisecracks and music rippled through Gurdon and house parties passed on Monday, August 20, 2018 in Little Rock.
“Choppa” was Gurdon’s first party-DJ-Hype man. He was born on May 22, 1965 in Gurdon, Arkansas to Willie Albert Washington and Johnnie Lee Allen. He was raised and loved by Phillip Allen who taught him how to be a man. He accepted Christ as a young boy and united with Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. He was a 1983 graduate of Gurdon High School.
He was big in stature, but his personality was even bigger. He was well known for being a popular DJ and he made friends in snap. Larry and his best friend Terence “Touche” Gulley moved to Little Rock and united with Compassion Unity Church in Little Rock where Pastor Timothy Brown resides. He was a dedicated employee of Wal-Mart and worked hard every day.
Larry loved fishing, playing pool, and basketball. His hidden talent was writing poetry and drawing. His poems stirred the soul and warmed the heart.
Family, as well as friends, will miss him and his presence will be deeply missed. Choppa was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved step-father, Phillip Allen; one brother, Michael Allen and his best friend, Terence “Touche” Gulley who passed into the Lords embrace on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
He leaves a lifetime of memories with his daughters, Ieisha Washington and Larinda Washington both of Gurdon, AR; a special niece he cherished as a daughter, Myesha Thomas of Little Rock, AR; three sisters, Phyllis Washington of Prescott, AR, Mattie Michelle Norman of Little Rock, AR, and Doretha Hopson of Little Rock, AR; two brothers, Thomas Allen of Gurdon, AR and Ray Thomas of Chicago, IL. He also leaves the mother of his children, Linda M. Young; his godmother, Jeanie Sarantos of Houston, TX; godbrothers, Carl and John Sarantos of Houston, TX. He leaves his nephews, Rashun Hopson, David Evans, Phillip Morgan and Victor Norman and a niece, Tain Malone; special friends, Yvette Page and Jennifer Harrison both of Little Rock, AR and numerous other friends who will never forget him or his music.
Memorial service for “Choppa” will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny C. Harris, officiating.