Berry Funeral Home


Gary Lynn Talley

January 8, 1959January 16, 2021

Gary Lynn Talley, age 62, of South Knoxville went on to be with the Lord on January 16th after a courageous battle against COVID-19. He loved the Lord, his children, grandchildren, family and friends with all of his big heart. Gary attended Lake Forest Presbyterian Church and was blessed by many friendships throughout the congregation. Gary was retired from TDOT. He worked Gate 21A at Neyland Stadium for 30 years and more recently worked concerts and UT men's basketball games at Thompson Boling Arena. Both brought joy and strong friendships into his life. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Karen, his children Matt (Megan) Talley, Justin Talley and (Katie), Whitney Talley (Adam Mathis); grandchildren, Madalynne Mathis and Mason and Myles Talley. The family will make plans for a Celebration of Life when gatherings are safe. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lake Forest Presbyterian Church 714 Lake Forest Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Condolences may be offered at


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    Monday, January 18, 2021


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Larry and Lisa Johnson

January 22, 2021

Our hearts are filled with such sadness about Gary. I was blessed to have him as a cousin and from reading all the fond sounds like he brighten the lives of so many . Sending hugs and prayers from Florida to the entire family. Larry and Lisa

John and Sherri Bevis

January 21, 2021

We are so heartbroken about Gary’s passing and knowing the grief it has brought to the close family who loved him so. We enjoyed making Gary’s gate our go to gate at the UT basketball games and sharing joy or grumbling with him, depending on the outcome afterward as we left.

We know he has left a void that can’t be filled. We send you our love and prayers for comfort.

John and Sherri Bevis

Pat Edmomds-Welch

January 21, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear the sad new of Gary’s passing. I haven’t talked with him since our days at South High School. He was such a sweet person and always had a smile for everyone he came into contact with. We had some wonderfully fun times in band. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Rest In Peace, Gary. You were a sweet and loyal friend.

Ronald Tucker

January 21, 2021

The best man I ever knew

Katie McCarrell

January 20, 2021

Karen & family,
So sorry for your loss. Gary was an incredible Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. He may be gone but will never be forgotten. Sending hugs, love and lots of prayers for you all. Love, Katie and John McCarrell

Cheryl Ross Drain

January 20, 2021

Karen and kids- I'm so sorry for the loss of Gary. I have many memories of Gary from school and living down the street from you all. He always had such a great smile and caring heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through the days ahead

Allison Franklin

January 19, 2021

Karen, my deepest condolences to you and your family. He was such a sweet man...

Suntanna Sims

January 19, 2021

Karen and family:

I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family that God gives you comfort and peace. My favorite memories will always be on the ball field or visiting at your house when I was a little girl! ❤️

Vicky Llewellyn

January 19, 2021

Karen and family, I am truly sorry to hear about Gary. Such a kind and caring soul. So many memories of him throughout the years from football, baseball, and the pool. My dad thought the world of Gary. Please know I am praying for all of you during this time and beyond. Much love and prayers to you.

Donna DeArmond

January 19, 2021

Karen, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you.