The Rev. Barry Hollis Anderson, 76, died at his home in Madison, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
The Rev. Anderson retired after serving in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt University
He served as the senior pastor at a number of churches across north Alabama, including Latham United Methodist Church in Huntsville, First United Methodist Church in Athens, First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa and First United Methodist Church in Florence. The Rev. Anderson also served as the district superintendent of the northeast district of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, the Rev. Anderson is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, John Anderson and wife, Rena, of Huntsville, Todd Anderson and wife, Meg, of Vestavia Hills, Gary Gazaway and wife, Patricia, of Athens, Leslie Anderson Vallely and husband, Joe, of Huntsville, Julie Gazaway Sprague and husband, Gary, of Winter Park, Fla., Michelle Gazaway Van Dyke and husband, David, of Maitland, Fla., and Lindsay Gazaway Grissom and husband, Benjamin, of Clay, Ala. The Rev. Anderson is also survived by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at noon Monday at First United Methodist Church, Athens. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Reed Protty will officiate. Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville.
Pallbearers will be Gary Gazaway, John Anderson, Todd Anderson, Zach Van Dyke, Ben Sprague, Adam Sprague, John David Grissom and Reed Gazaway.
The family requests memorials be made to Russel Hill Cancer Foundation, 3610 CCI Drive, Huntsville, or Hospice Family Care, Huntsville.
Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is directing.