Barry Lynn Holcomb

September 16, 1949March 6, 2020

Barry Lynn Holcomb, age 70, of Tampa, FL. passed away on Friday March 6, 2020. He was raised in LaGrange, IN. Barry served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, attaining the rank of Sergeant, after which he was honorably discharged. After his time in the military, he was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. He was an elite marathon runner for 25 years, competing in the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons, along with countless local races. He was ranked 209th in the country for his marathon time of 2:25:11 in 1981.

He enjoyed collecting guitars, going on road trips for family summer vacations, working in his yard, and staying active. He took his run and did 100 push-ups and sit-ups every morning, and loved going to the coffee shop afterward. Throughout his life, every stranger he met quickly became a friend.

Barry was born on September 16, 1949 in Sturgis, MI., to Robert Paul Holcomb and Frances (Shipe) Holcomb. Barry was married to the late Virginia Spowart, with whom he had a son, John, and Stepdaughter, Elizabeth.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ellen Holcomb of Tampa, FL., his mother, Frances Malone of Angola, IN., brother, Robert (Rosemary) Holcomb of Fort Gibson, OK., a sister, Debra (Mark) Pontecorvo of Angola, IN., a son, John (Alissa) Holcomb of Zephyrhills, FL., stepdaughters Elizabeth (Aaron) White of Tampa, FL., and Ivy (Matthew) Ford of New York, NY; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Holocomb, and stepfather, Wayne Malone.

Visitation will be Monday March 23, 2020 from 10 - Noon at Blount & Curry Terrace Oaks Chapel. A Private Family burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors.


  • Visitation Monday, March 23, 2020


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Ray Eydmann

March 22, 2020

I remember training with Barry on Sunday mornings in Temple Terrace, and chasing him to the finish line of many area races.

He was a fierce competitor, but always gracious and friendly away from the competition.

Our running community was blessed to have him as a member.

God speed Barry.

Louis Villarosa

March 17, 2020

It is hard to believe that Barry and I go back to 1978 when we were training for the Boston Marathon and became good friends. He was an extremely talented athlete. It just doesn’t seem that long ago. He always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed coming over to eat my moma’s
Spaghetti. I will always remember his fierce competitiveness. I am sure he will be missed by all.

Bill Mandikas

March 14, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family of Barry Holcomb. He was one of a kind, a great family man,mailman,U.S.Marine,and long distance runner and a good friend and he will be missed. He will be guarding the gates of Heaven. Semper Fi my fellow Marine. GOD BLESS. With Love from Bill and Lois Mandikas🇺🇸🙏🏻❤️

Debbie Redden

March 13, 2020

I will always carry fond memories of Barry. I must say he had the absolute best smile I’ve ever seen. He was fully dedicated and determined to whatever he set his mind to. He loved to run, loved his family, loved his country, loved his job, guitars and he adored Ellen his wife. I’m so sorry Ellen for your loss. I believe the last year and a half has been Barry’s determination to hang in there for you.
Barry was always there to help me at work when I needed him. We had some great times at lunch with a great bunch of coworkers. Once talking about pies we decided there should be a Holcombarry pie. Delicious!! I’ll miss you buddy 💕
Love Debbie