CHARLES B. BARRY died peacefully in his sleep during the morning of May 27, 2010, at age 96. He had had a stroke earlier in the year and his condition had worsened. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Barry, a Psychologist, and two sons, Dr. Wm. Barry, a Cardiologist in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Charles E. Barry, owner of Texas Hunting Products in Houston, four Grandchildren, Dr. Rebecca Barry of Phoenix, Arizona, Andrea Barry-Smith of Seattle, Washington. Jeffrey and Susannah Barry, both of Houston, and two Great Grandchildren, Alex and Wilson Smith.Two sisters. Kathleen Parker and Bettie Belle Mclnnis reside in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A brother, John, an Attorney from Tulsa, preceded Charlie in death. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.Mr. Barry graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and, after graduation, was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company. During World War II he worked on aviation gasoline at the Phillips Plant in Phillips, Texas, where he met Elizabeth, who was working for the Vice President of the Phillips Butadiene Plant in Borger, Texas. Butadiene was a vital constituent of synthetic rubber, a most important product for the war effort at that time.After the war, the family moved to Tulsa, where they lived for many years. During that time Charlie started a company in Tulsa and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.He was a Registered Professional Engineer with license to practice in Canada, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and several other foreign countries, but had been retired for many years.Charlie was a gentle man of noble integrity, very devoted to God, to his family, to his Country and especially to all the family children of the several generations. A man of such qualities of grace will be missed mightily. A Memorial Service honoring Charlie will be Sunday, September 19, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., at Vazquez and Montgomery Funeral Home, 2200 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, Texas 77042, 713.785.1694.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sep. 17, 2010.