Remembering Larry Nuckols

NPA President, 2015-2017

My Farewell to NPA Past President, Larry Nuckols

by Fran Bishop, NPA Government Relations Liaison



At Pawn Expo 2022, I spoke about the business and personal relationships within our pawn family that I have made over the last 30+ years. I encouraged everyone to build on your own relationships, to reach out, and give-take-share with others as the benefits will return many times over. 


One of these cherished relationships came to a close this week with the untimely passing of my dear friend, Larry Nuckols, as he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. I was blessed to know Larry and his devoted wife, Beverly, for many years. Larry’s infectious smile, the mischievous twinkle in his eyes, and his sincerely caring demeanor immediately drew me – and so many other NPA members – in. 


Larry’s start in the pawn industry was through an opportunity provided many years ago by Don and Estelle Fisher. Larry’s love for the pawn industry and the NPA was unparalleled. The Board, staff and members who were privileged to work alongside Larry will attest to his selfless giving back and good deeds for which he never wanted recognition. A wonderful remembrance of Larry is to go forward and do your own good deeds. 


Larry was adamant in his support of the NPA’s federal legislative efforts. He served as Chair of the Government Relations Committee for several terms. Larry supported the NPA PAC in many ways, including donating his personal Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a raffle fundraising event at Pawn Expo.  


Larry was a man of faith and great love for his Lord. Regardless of your faith, there is a poem by Frances and Colleen Coelho that sums it up best as my farewell to a great man I was fortunate to know.  

He Only Takes the Best

God saw he was getting tired, 
And a cure was not to be, 
So he put his arms around him, 
And whispered “Come with me”, 
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, 
And saw him fade away, 
Although we love him dearly, 
We could not make him stay, 
A golden heart stopped beating, 
Hard working hands to rest, 
God broke our hearts to prove to us, 
He only takes the best, 
Although his heart stopped beating, 
His love will always remain, 
His absence puts upon our hearts, 
A very heavy strain, 
For now he is in a place of everlasting rest, 
We just have to understand that God, 
He only takes the best.