Lawrence Joseph Bullis, Jr., “The Bull,” went to be with the Lord surrounded by his beloved wife of 53 years Mary Bistline Bullis, his daughters Cam and Katherine on the morning of March 16, 2022.
Larry was the son of Audrey and Lawrence Bullis, Sr. who never missed a single time to see him pitch baseball from grade school on. He met Mary at Presbyterian College where he was a Sigma Nu and the punter for the football team. They married on July 26, 1969 and after a time in the USAF, based at Randolph Air Field in San Antonio, TX he was blessed to remain stateside during the Vietnam War. After he and Mary had their two daughters, Mary Campbell Miller and Katherine Gordon Bullis, and spent several years with Mary’s father, Clarence “Bike” Bistline mentoring him in the sand business, they returned to his beloved hometown of Savannah.
Mary and Larry started Coastal Abrasives in 1977 and continued to diversify and expand those business ventures. Mary and Larry worked hard but spent innumerable great times with wonderful friends and family. Larry loved to play golf, offshore fish, dance, bird hunt, cheer on both the OU Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs, and never wanted to leave a party early. He often said and even wrote down at some point over the years that he felt loved every single day of his life, and he was right.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary, daughters Cam Miller (Jon), Katherine, his granddaughters Katherine “Kelsey” Miller and Sarah Campbell Miller, and countless friends and other family.
The family will have a private service and will receive friends at the dockhouse at the Savannah Yacht Club at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 19, 2022. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice may be made in his name.
We were so sorry to hear about larry. Bob has fond memories of all the good times in school and after they had playing ball. Our love and prayers are with you all.
- Dianne Cornwell Bob Cornwell, Rincon, Georgia
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Andrea Perry, Woodstock , Ga
Larry will be greatly missed at the YMCA, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Jon and Suzanne Showalter, Savannah, GA
Larry was always happy to see his friends from SHS Class of ‘65 & at every party/reunion it was a blast from our past!! There’ll never be another one like him ♥️ God Bless you Mary & your entire family. May you find comfort knowing Larry is remembered & adored by so many!
- Patty Daniels Miller, Milton, GA
We were so sorry to learn of Larry’s death. We will miss him, and we will always remember and cherish the friendship and fun times that shared on Country Club Drive. May you Soul Rest In Peace, Larry.
- Archie and Sally Davis, Savannah, Georgia
All of you have my condolences with the passing of Larry. Having played Football with Larry and lived two doors down 45th street for several years, Larry always had a smile on his face and a great presence. May he rest in peace!
- Ricky Brown, Harris Neck Island, Ga
Larry, you are a great friend, who will be greatly missed. Seems like our life at SHS was yesterday. Keep your wonderful spirit up there and we will all see each other again. With love and respect for you and your family. Love and miss you, brother, Jimmy Dunn
- Jimmy Dunn, Roswell, GA
My sincere condolences to the entire family. You all are in my prayers
- Helen Dickerson, Laurens, South Carolina
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will pray for you while you go through this terrible pain.
- Maryann Butterfield, Savannah, Georgia
Cam, I am so very sorry for your huge loss! Your entire family have my deepest sympathy! Sending my Love!
- Connie “Coco” Williams , Columbia, SC
Cam sending you , your Mother your girls , ,sister and loved ones ,thoughts and prayers . I know that those we love are always with us in our heart Love is the greatest gift of life and your father’s love for all of you will continue to be with you and continue to be shared through each of you . Prayers for God’s healing love to surround you all and comfort your hearts .
- Charlotte Newberry, Orangeburg , South Carolina
I am so very for your loss. I will be thinking of you and your family.
- Judy Ratledge, Clemmons , NC
We are so sorry for your loss. Your whole family is full of love and life and our hearts are with you now. We know your collective memories will bring you peace of mind and quite a few smiles.
- Peter and Emily Foley, Savannah, GA
Larry was such a fine gentleman, so I was sorry to learn of his passing. Please know that your wonderful family is in our thoughts and prayers.
- Jason & Valerie Best, Bluffton, SC
Mary, we were so sorry to hear the news of Larry’s passing. He was a fixture in our lives on Bradley Point Road and the SYC. He was such a gentleman and always had a funny story to tell. You and your daughters and family are in our thoughts and prayers. Virginia and Kevin Broderick
- Kevin and Virginia Broderick, Savannah, GA
Mary and family: Bonnie and I send our heartfelt condolences to y’all. Although having known “Bull” for only a few years, we loved that time pulling for the DAWGs and reminiscing with him about his high school football days. God bless and keep you during this period of time, knowing that Larry is in a wonderful place receiving God’s eternal love.
- Bonnie and DEMERY Bishop, TYBEE Island, GA
Madelaine and I knew Larry and his parents at Ardsley Park Baptist Church. I know that Madelaine is among many who have welcomed Larry to his eternal home. My prayers are with Larry's family.
- Louis Harkins, Savannah, GA
Rest In Peace Bull….you are a legend and will never be forgotten. AMF The Debtors, Inc.
- The Debtor’s, Inc. , Savannah, GA
Dear Mary and Family, I was so sorry to hear this sad news about Larry. He was such a nice guy and always had a smile on his face, and he was right when he wrote that “he was loved every single day of his life”. We all loved him and you, Mary. My prayer is that you and your girls will be comforted and sustained by your Faith and your wonderful memories of Larry. Sending you love and sympathy, Jan
- Jan Daniel Crawford, Virginia Beach, Va.
I went to SHS with Larry and was so very sorry to hear about his passing. What I remember most about him was he always had a smile on his face. More importantly, he always made those around him smile, especially with his famous fake punt.
- Allen Lustig, Rye Brook, NY
Cam and family, while having met your dad only briefly, I knew of him from others as being a great guy and full of life. Some even say a legend of his era in Savannah. I'd have to agree. He is and will surely be missed by a great number of friends that he had. I know that he must have been proud of his family, as you are of him. I know that I'm glad to have met him. May you're family find peace and comfort in the days ahead, and with memories that you'll have forever.
- Phil Rahal, Savannah, GA
Our blessings and prayers for Larry and his family. By all accounts, he lived a very good life. Rod and Paula Powell
- Roderick Powell, Helen, Georgia
Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you and your family in His warm embrace. Praying for you all.
- Connie Holland, Savannah, GA
Larry and I are so sorry for your loss, Larry was such a kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
- Larry & Lynn Palmer, Savannah, Ga
Mary and Girls: Murray ,our family,and I send our deepest sympathy in your loss. Larry enjoyed life to the fullest and beyond. He was unforgettable. He lit up the room in all social gatherings,he was a successful businessman and loved his beautiful Mary and girls..Savannah has lost an icon!!
- The Murray Marshall Family, Savannah, Ga
All My Love and Sympathy for Cam, lathering, & Family. Godspeed
- Rachel Stubbs, Savannah , Georgia