Barry Henry Obituary – The Times Record

Barry Henry

Barry Neal Henry, 66, of Poto, Oklahoma, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. After spending his life fishing, teaching school, and chasing a softball player across the country, he passed away at Washington Regional Medical Center He is surrounded by the family who love him dearly.

Barry was born on February 7, 1956 in Puteaux to parents Neil and Girl Dean Henry. He stayed in Puteaux throughout his elementary years before attending college at Eastern University and then Oklahoma State University. After graduating in 1978, he began a long and influential career as a special education teacher at both Poteau and Fort Smith. Over the 41 years of his teaching life, he had the opportunity to change the lives of many people for the better.

Barry married Teri Daniels on July 3, 1982. They celebrated eighteen years of marriage before her death in May of 2000. From this marriage, they had a daughter, Katie, who followed in her parents’ footsteps in pursuing a career in education. Barry spent countless hours sitting on a bucket training softball with Katie, resulting in four precious years of softball at the Arkansas Razorback. Barry would say these were the best four years of his life.

Barry particularly enjoyed fly fishing with his brothers at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, Missouri. We spent countless weekends in a small cabin together making memories and lying about who caught the most fish. He loved spending time there with anyone who joined him and almost surely spotted a honey hole in heaven somewhere already.

Barry’s last interests were his garden and his pets. He and his longtime companion, Karen, shared love for their rescue dog, Minnie, as well as his first dog, DeeDee. When he wasn’t taking someone for a walk or giving them many treats, he could be found in one of his many gardens.

Perhaps the greatest joy in life is helping others. He considered himself a caregiver above all else, and his long teaching career is proof of that. He has loved and supported the Poteau Schools throughout his life.

His grandchildren, Ryan and Alison, as well as Karen’s granddaughter, Scarlett, were the center of his life. He loved nothing more than watching them play ball or attend their shows. His brother-in-law, Cale, was someone he had always depended on. When anything went wrong, his first response was often to call Cale. The holidays have always been happy occasions for Barry, when the Katie and Kris family were together. He also looks forward to his brother Jerry’s weekly visits. Barry loved family above all else.

Barry’s death was preceded by his parents and wife Terry. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Katie and Kyle Walls; his grandchildren, Ryan and Allison Walls, his longtime companion; Karen Tobler her son Chris and his wife Michelle; and their daughter, Scarlett. His twin brother, Larry and his wife, Kay Henry, are from Ft. Myers, Florida; his brother, Gary, and his wife Mary of Athens, Texas; and his brother, Jerry, and his wife, Barbara, of Hackett, Arkansas, as well as many of his beloved nieces and nephews.

Barry services will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Puteaux. The visit will be on Friday at 6:00-8:00 at the Evans and Miller Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Poteau Valley Humane Society.

Published online May 11, 2022

Published in Southwest Times Record

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