Benjamin L. Barry

May 3, 1930June 9, 2010

Benjamin “Benny” L. Barry, 80, of Norfolk, passed away in his home June 9, 2010. Born in Norfolk, May 3, 1930, he was the son of the late William and Pauline Barry. Benny is predeceased by his siblings, Betty Siedel, Marjorie Staley, Billy Barry, and Carole Flowers.

Benny was a member of the Ocean View Democratic Club, the VFW, the American Legion, and the Ocean View Seniors Golf Association. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Benny was a popular local boxer in the 40’s and was well known as the “Flaming Redheaded South Paw” from Ocean View.

Benny will be dearly missed by his precious wife of 40 years, Claudene Barry; children, Carole Penrod, Tim Barry, and Bill Barry; sister, Paula Curtis; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Benny’s life will be held 2:00 pm, Monday, June 14, 2010 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. Entombment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 13, 2010 from 4-6 pm. You may offer condolences at



  • Visitation 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2010
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 14, 2010


  • St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

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June 16, 2010

I recall meeting you at the Demo Club...very nice people. With deep sympathy, Claudene, and all of his family. Capt. Wick's friend, Laura House

June 13, 2010

On behalf of "the gang" at the Ocean View Station Museum, I would like to express our extreme sadness due to the passing of our dear friend. Benny will be greatly missed on Saturdays. Claudene, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bett Prudner

Charles Wickersham Sr

June 13, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with Claudene and family....Ben will be missed......He was my hero.

Owen Rayfield

June 13, 2010

Uncle Benny I am going to miss you so much, you were always such a nice man. You and Aunt Cludine were always there for me to talk whenever I needed, and I will cherish all of the times we had together. I wish I could be there now for you Aunt Claudine , but we live so far away and its so expensive to travel that its impossible to get there. I hope you understand
Owen and Mariela
Playa Coronado Panama

kathleen stack

June 12, 2010

Ben will be missed "on the Court." My prayers are with you and your family.Kathleen

Joyce (Copeland) Kirby

June 12, 2010

Claudene: I was sorry to hear about Benny's sudden passing. I pray that in the midst of your sadness, you will also find joy as you cherish the memories you and Benny had together. God's word tells us in Matthew 5:4..."Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." May you feel God's arms around you in the coming days and may that be a wonderful comfort that brings you peace.

Wendy Flowers

June 12, 2010

Wendy Flowers

June 12, 2010

Uncle Benny had a true boxer spirit and a winning smile. Please find comfort knowing he is with the Lord and our beloved family. They are all playing the piano, singing and dancing with the big bands, oh and maybe some wine. We will miss him so much. We are here for you and always will be.
Love to you all,
Joe & Wendy and Da Kids

June 12, 2010

Paula Perdue

June 11, 2010

Claudene, so sorry to hear of Benny's passing.....
We can remember the good times.....Hugs to you
John & Paula Perdue