Lary left the room after his speech and did not return to the meeting. He didn’t return calls and a text requesting further comment.
The crowd buzzed with surprise during his short speech. Afterward, there was a moment of silence to allow prayers for his healing.
The city’s spokesman declined to say what kind of cancer Lary has, but he did say that it is curable.
“As with any cancer treatment, it’s serious,” Adrion Bell said. “Rest is required and he’s going to have to adhere to doctor’s orders.”
Councilman George Turner, mayor pro temp, presided over the rest of the meeting and will remain in charge while Lary is away. He said it could be a couple of months.
None of the City Council members immediately responded to an email asking them to comment on the meeting and Lary's announcement.