Larry Nathaniel Jarrett, 28, of Cabool, Missouri, was born on February 2, 1993 at 1:02 p.m. in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Charles Rex Elliott and Tammy (Stark) Jarrett McKinley. He passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2021 in Licking, Missouri. Family and close friends knew him as Nathan which was his preferred name.
When Nathan was just an infant Robby Bowling entered his life and although Rob was not his biological father you would not know it for, they were inseparable; Rob has always been “Dad” to him and cherished every minute they had together.
Nathan was the most perfect baby, he never fussed or cried, but only to be cared for or comforted. By the time he was a toddler he made up for lost time. At the age of two Nathan would go to the shop with Rob. Rob would give Nathan a carburetor or some other piece of car part to disassemble and Nathan would sit for hours taking it apart which seemed to be the only time Nathan was ever still.
When Nathan’s little sister, Bridgette, was born he was very protective of her and referred to her as “his” baby. And even though he was little brother to Heather and Hilary, he kept a close eye on them, too. Nathan was always up for whatever his sisters wanted to do, even if it meant getting in trouble with mom. It didn’t matter what they were doing or where they were, Nathan always had everyone laughing or he made himself laugh over the silliest things. His best friends growing up were mostly his cousins; where you saw one, you most likely saw them all.
Nathan enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, target practicing, working on old cars and trucks and spending time with his nieces and nephews and teaching them how to do these things. Family was the most important to Nathan along with his companions, his dogs Fraya and Nelly. Nathan’s most prized possessions were his guns and his tools; he wouldn’t be himself if he hadn’t owned either.
Nathan was always very humble and never liked to be fussed over. He was also always helping others out whether it was a few bucks, a gallon of gas, some type of mechanic job or any other thing asked of him.
Nathan kept a small circle of friends and was very loyal to them, including Cory Sanders, Michael Loman and Aaron Morris. What you saw was always what you got with him, and what you saw, if you were lucky enough to be his friend, was a delightful, generous, easy-going, fun-loving human being.
When Nathan was a teenager, Ray McKinley became Nathan’s stepfather. They spent time hunting and fishing or just sitting around talking about various things with an occasional firearm testing.
Nathan was baptized on December 22, 2002 at General Baptist Church by Pastor Darrel Thornton. He had so much goodness, such a capacity to bring happiness to others, but most importantly Nathan had a deep love for his family.
Nathan was preceded in death by his biological father, Rex; maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; three aunts, Faye, Connie and Betty; one uncle, Lester; and his beloved cousin, Cheyenne.
He is survived by his mother, Tammy McKinley and husband Ray of Cabool; his dad, Robby Bowling and wife Shannon of Elk Creek, Missouri; sisters, Heather Jarrett of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Hilary Morris and husband of Licking, Missouri, Bridgette Sanders and husband Cory of Mountain Grove, Teascha Hulbert and husband Kevin of Mountain Grove, Erika McKinley of Harrison, Arkansas, Breona Stewart of Elk Creek, Riley Summers of Elk Creek and Marissa Bowling of Elk Creek; brothers, Ryan Elliott and wife of Thayer, Missouri, Davis McKinley of Cabool and Cody Bowling of Elk Creek; five nieces, Kaylee, Alaira, Abbie, Zoey and Raegan; eight nephews, Gabriel, Jonathan, Blaine, Wyatt, Kaistyn, Cole, Noah and Rylan; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other friends and family.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at the funeral chapel with Steve Roberson officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Loman, Cory Sanders, Justin Thompson, Aaron Maxvill, Jack Smith and Cameron Frederick. Interment was in Rock Ridge Family Cemetery on the family farm under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.