Meryle Christine Campbell Barry of 141 Fulkerson Road, Gray. It is with extreme sadness and broken hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was 89 years old. She passed away October 31, 2011 at JCMCH following a brief illness.
She was a native of Washington County, TN and a daughter of the late Warner Haws Campbell and Grace Smith Campbell.
She was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables. She was artistically talented and especially enjoyed working in and teaching others about ceramics.
She graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1940 and attended State Teacher’s College for three years in the early forties. There she studied voice and piano. She was married for 57 years to her late husband, Warren Earle Barry. They were both active members of Hales Chapel Christian Church of Gray. In addition to her parents, her husband and her twin brother, Carroll Clayton Campbell, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, John Charles and Linda Barry of Bethel Park, PA, James Richard and Margie Barry of Gray; four daughters, Mary Anna Barry (caregiver) of Gray, Martha Marie and Greg West of Gray, Elizabeth Ann and David Jaynes of Jonesborough; five grandchildren, Rachael Leigh Barry of Knoxville, TN, Rebecca Christine and Derek Shreve of Raleigh, NC, K.Daniel Jaynes of Greenville, TN, Jonathan Ryan Barry of Gray and Memphis, TN, and Amy Nicole Jaynes and fiancée Justin Babb of Gray. She especially enjoyed her three great-grandchildren, Grayson Riley Babb of Gray, Briley Christine Shreve and Judson Derek Shreve of Raleigh, NC; one brother, Roy and Helen Campbell of Jonesborough; one sister, Joy and Paul Stover of Jonesborough, one sister-in-law, Jean Archer Campbell of Jonesborough; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The service will be conducted at Hales Chapel Christian Church, 280 Hales Chapel Road in Gray. Lamar Garrison and Clinton Andrews, ministers, will officiate.
Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Hales Chapel Christian Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be chosen from family members. Friends may call at anytime at her home or the home of her daughter, Betty Barr, 181 Fulkerson Rd. Gray, TN.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hales Chapel Cemetery Fund.
Gray Funeral Home is proud to serve the family of Mrs. Barry. 423-477-3171 or 239-6622.