North's church friends: Actions don't fit the man they've known

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Much speculation has been made about what suspected pipe bomber Larry North's motives were in the alleged incidents. But, some who knew him say the actions do not fit the man they have known for many years.

To members of the First Baptist Church of Danville, Larry North was a helpful and generous man.

"This does not fit the Larry North that we knew at all," said Freeman Pierce. "[He is the] most accommodating friendly man I've ever met. [He is] smiling all the time."

"He was just really good natured, and this doesn't even seem like Larry," said Lucille Atkinson.

Over the years, North had provided equipment for the church's fall festival - much of it entertainment for children.

"I've always known him to be a kind generous loving person," said Atkinson. "He loved kids."

"He had some space walks, moon walks the blow up things that they jump in, the cotton candy machine," said Freeman.

His arrest, to them, borders on the unthinkable.

"What we're seeing in the media is not the Larry we know or have known for so many years," said Atkinson.

Atkinson says one possible answer is what she learned from his family: that North had a change in medications.

"I understand that medication's been changed and possibly that had some kind of mind set on him," said Atkinson. "But, I have to believe something happened that caused this that we don't know about at this point."

For whatever North may have done, people at this church will remember him as a good man.

"Only Larry and God know what really happened," said Atkinson.

Pierce says North helped out with thousands of dollars worth of equipment to the church over the past three years, never taking and money for it.

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