Bill Barry: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Bill Barry: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The University of the South Department of Athletics is saddened to hear of the passing of Sewanee Athletics Hall of Famer and legendary staff member Bill Barry on June 19 in Winchester. 

Born Aug. 2, 1945 in Knoxville, Barry dedicated 45 years of service at the University, spending 25 years as a Head Athletic Trainer and 20 as the Facilities and Business Manager.

Barry arrived on the Domain in 1969 to serve as the school's athletic trainer succeeding Sewanee legends, John Kennerly and Willie "Six" Sims. During his time with the football medical staff, he worked over 300 consecutive football games, both home and away.

Over the years, Barry was recognized as one of the nation's top athletic trainers. After 41 years of serving on various national, state and district committees, Barry was inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 1994, he transitioned to the role of facilities and business manager for the department, where he served in that capacity for 20 seasons until his retirement in 2014. Additionally, he supervised the newly constructed Robert Dobbs Fowler Athletic Center, which also opened in the same year.

His distinguished service and dedication were publically tangibly recognized when he was inducted into the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

"Sewanee faithful often returned to Bill's office to reminisce about Tiger athletics from years ago," said Athletic Director Mark Webb when Barry retired from the department in 2014. "His many contributions to the athletics department over the past four and a half decades are immeasurable, and I know our entire athletics staff offers him our heartfelt gratitude."

Barry is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Gail; brother, Jack (Sandy) Barry; special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tommy and Kay Curtis; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive. Click here for the complete obituary. 

Barry's memorial service will take place at the Cumberland Funeral Home (207 Mabee Avenue) in Monteagle Friday, June 21, at 3 p.m. Visitation will take place beginning at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. He will be buried at the Monteagle Cemetery.



Barry pictured with Director of Athletics Mark Webb accepting his induction into the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. 

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