Claudene Barry

October 17, 1932July 28, 2011

Claudene Cooper Barry, 78, passed away in a hospital July 28, 2011. Born in Asheboro, N.C., Oct. 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Cooper. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 40 years, Benjamin L. Barry. She is survived by her son, Timothy Barry and his wife Maria of Virginia Beach, their children Katie and Paige, and Benny's children Carole Penrod of Norfolk and Bill Barry of Clovis, Calif.

Claudene moved from Asheboro to Norfolk with her family graduating from Granby High School in 1952. She worked as a secretary for Clark, Nexsen and Owens Architects and Engineers for most of her career before retiring in 1969. She was also a volunteer at the Ocean View Museum in Norfolk. Claudene was an active member of the Ocean View Democratic Club where she loved to play pool and Bunco and was well known and loved by all for her wonderful sense of humor. She was also an avid golfer winning several amateur tournaments.

A celebration of Claudene's life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. You may offer condolences at www.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 3, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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John Borum

August 3, 2011

Tim and Family, Gay and I have you in our thoughts, and prayers. We are sorry for your loss and if there is anything we can do, please let us know. God blees your mother and keep her safe.

Joyce Kirby

August 3, 2011

Tim and family, I am Carolyn (Copeland) Miller's daughter. I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. Our moms were friends for such a long time. If my mom were able to get online, she would want you to know that she loved your mom very much. I think they have known each other since there were 9 years old. :-) I pray for peace and comfort for you all. God bless you,

August 3, 2011

Tim & Maria,

Ron and I wish to offer our deepest condolences to you and your family at this time of great loss. The photo gallery is so nice, your mother was a beautiful lady.

Love, Donna & Ron Hopkins

George Thomas

August 3, 2011

I have many fond memories of my Aunt Claudine while growing up in Ocean View. My most sincere condolences to the family.

Owen Rayfield

August 2, 2011

I love you Aunt Claudine, I know you are with Uncle Benny again

August 2, 2011

Ms. Barry, you will deeply missed. We know you are now with our Heavenly Father and back in the arms of your Beloved Husband. Knowing this heals our heavy heart. "Your Personal Banker's", Yvette Wilson and Team (Bank of the Commonwealth)

Caroline Doonan

August 2, 2011

She will be missed by everyone at the Ocean View Station Museum where she was a dedicated volunteer.

Stefani Garcia

August 2, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the Barry family during this difficult time. May God bring you all strength and peace.

Tim's Coworker

Gene (L'il Mole) Evans

July 31, 2011

Claudene has just joined that very special group in Heaven, that of being called an O.V. Girl or O.V. boy. Just think of all the old frinds that she's with now.

July 31, 2011

In loving memory of a wonderful person and member.

Ocean View Democratic and Social Club
Lana Moon, Chaplain