Alabama Academy of Honor


Larry D. Striplin, Jr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1997, 2002, and 2013.



Larry D. Striplin, Jr. was born in Selma, Alabama, the son of Larry D. and Ethel Henderson Striplin.

Mr. Striplin received his elementary and high school education in Selma, graduating from A. G. Parrish High School. He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, for two years and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.S. Degree in Education. He further pursued his education at George Peabody College (now Vanderbilt) in Nashville, Tennessee, where he obtained his M.A. Degree in Education.

He was the father of four children and nine grandchildren.

Larry D. Striplin, Jr. became a successful business executive by hard work and by applying his native ability to each task. He created jobs and wealth in industry to improve the economy of the state.

In 1963, Mr. Striplin purchased Nelson-Brantley Glass Company in Birmingham, Alabama, then established DISCO Aluminum Products in 1971. In 1977, Mr. Striplin established American Fine Wire, one of Selma's largest employers. He was director of such corporations as HealthSouth Corporation, Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc., The Bane Corporation, The Bank of Birmingham, The Robins & Morton Group, and many other organizations.

Larry D. Striplin, Jr. was instrumental in establishing the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for which he served as a board member for twenty-three years, thirteen of those as Chairman. He also established and served as Chairman of the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Foundation. Mr. Striplin was also instrumental in establishing the Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Performing Arts Center in Selma, Alabama, and the Striplin Physical Fitness and Recreation Center as well as the Scrushy/Striplin Baseball Complex on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College.

Mr. Striplin demonstrated a commitment to public service and served as Chairman of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, member of the Birmingham Business Leadership Council, board member of the Alabama Sports Foundation and the American Sports Medicine Institute. He was a Trustee of Birmingham-Southern College and The University of South Alabama. Mr. Striplin also served on numerous civic and philanthropic boards.

Mr. Striplin passed away on January 23, 2013.