Born August 10, 1941, in Lafayette, Indiana, Mr. Kingston attended schools in the Lafayette area and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Karrick, in 1961, and moved to Nashville in 1965 to pursue his songwriting career.
He worked with Pete and Rose Drake of Window Music; Lawrence Welk Music; Porter Wagner; and Dolly Parton's Velvet Apple Music. He wrote top 40 hits for many top artists, including George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Roy Clark, Porter Wagner, Reba McEntire, Vern Gosdin, Don Williams, Mark Chesnutt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, and many others. Among his most memorable songs were the BMI Country Award winners "Thank God and Greyhound," "Biloxi," "Pittsburgh Stealers," "Lovin' Machine" and "It's Not Over If I'm Not Over You."
Mr. Kingston also performed on TV and radio, and recorded several single releases and three albums.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; sons and daughters-in-law Todd and Barbi Kingston and Clay and Lisa Kingston; and four grandchildren.
A family and friends memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26, at 11:00 am at the Hampton Inn, 620 22nd Avenue East, in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, financial donations may be directed to the Larry Kingston Memorial Fund at Farmer's Bank in Springfield.