Joseph Claiborne Barry, Jr.

April 22, 1936January 29, 2013

Joseph Claiborne Barry, Jr. 1936 - 2013

Joseph Claiborne Barry, Jr. passed away at his home in Crawfordville, FL, on January 29, 2013.

He was raised in Birmingham, AL. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1959 and following his time in the Army, he attended University of Alabama and then completed his degree at Florida State University. From 1963-1983 he was employed by Chevron Oil Company and then moved on to own and operate Parkway Wrecker Standard till 1983. From 1983-2008 he owned and operated Barry Enterprises Inc.

Joe was a man of conviction and believed in always giving back to the community. During his life, he was a board member for Habitat for Humanity and Keep Wakulla Beautiful. He was an active fund raiser for the Senior Center and United Way. Joe also participated in the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Emerald Isle Society. In 1999, Joe was name Rotarian of the year and in 2002 was named "Man of the Year" for Wakulla County. Joe was a strong Christian man and very passionate about his beliefs, which led him to assisting in the raising of funds to open a new Church, Prison Ministries of Christ Church Anglican.

Joseph Barry was proceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Johnnie Barry; and his grandson, Mac Crutchfield.

He leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Betty Harley Barry; and six children, Donna Barry Smiley (Richard Smiley), Joseph C. Barry III (Mary Barry), Margaret Barry Crutchfield (Charlie Crutchfield), Kinney S. Harley Jr., Frances "Wendy" Harley (Paul Earnhart), Sue Ann Smith (Paul Smith); a sister, Patsy Daily; and grandchildren, Jordan Smiley, Sydney Smiley, Peyton Barry, Olivia Barry, Parker Barry, Savanah Crutchfield, Jason Earnhart, William Smith, Bailey Smith, Reid Smith and Sam Smith.

The service will be held at Culley's Funeral Home located at 1737 Riggins Road Tallahassee, FL, on Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00am with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Mac Crutchfield Foundation,, or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida,32308


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

Joseph Claiborne Barry, Jr.

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Leigh Key

February 9, 2013

Faith, Hope and Love...
He possessd all of these.

February 7, 2013

Betty- What a wondrful couple you all made, right from the beginning. Joe was the greatest. I know you will have your wonderful memories to hold you through this sad time. My love always, Clydie Lu

Will Kendrick

February 6, 2013

Betty and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. Joe, as has been said many times was a very caring and giving person who never met a stranger. If Joe Barry supported you, there wasn't anyone or anything that would change his mind. I will be forever grateful for having known such a man and having had his support along lifes way.


February 5, 2013


Leigh Key

February 4, 2013

I love you guys. Don't know what we'll do without seeing him everyday, but I know he is home, waiting until we meet him there. No more pain or suffering. Only Peace and with loved ones. What a great commanding and loving figure; and sure to be that in Heaven. I will continue to hear his voice and live by the things he taught me. (I will even remembering our loving "sparring" matches. :)
Always in my heart Podjo.

Lee Vause

February 3, 2013

Joe was not just my good friend but a good friend of everyone he knew. To paraphrase Will Rogers "he never met a man he didn't like and very few who didn't like him. A principled business man, and loving Father and Husband. He was also a leader and a pioneer in Wakulla in the hospitality industry and a visionary in ECO Tourism. He will be missed.

Lee Vause

February 2, 2013

Betty, Wendy and Family...So sorry to hear of your recent loss. Our condolences to you for such an inspiring and accomplished man.

Jan and Bill Bigler

Denise Allen

February 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing the photos of the family. I laughed and cried. I cannot tell you how much of an impact Joe had on my life. I will remember his many stories, there was always a life lesson in there somewhere. He was such a special person. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family today.
Much love from Pace and Denise Allen

John Mooshie

February 2, 2013

A wonderful and caring man. A very good and personal friend.

B J Jerry Peters

February 2, 2013

Betty and family, May God bless you in the loss of Joe. He was a dear friend and he and i shared some great times together. Yo will be in my thoughts and prayers. B J and Zadie Peters