Portion Of Highway 29 Dedicated As ‘Wilbur Barry Highway’

November 14, 2017

A portion of Pensacola Boulevard (Highway 29) was dedicated Monday as the Wilbur Barry Highway.

Barry passed away on April 19, 2016. He was a devoted husband and father, a University of Florida graduate and also served as a member of the Army National Guard. Barry made Pensacola his home in 1978 and soon opened Smokey’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que, where he cultivated a second family.

State Rep. Clay Ingram spoke at the event, where the highway sign was unveiled to the public by Wilbur Barry’s family. Ingram attested to Wilbur Barry’s legacy and positive impact on his life personally, which inspired Ingram to request naming the section of state road after him.

“Mr. Barry and the Barry family have meant so much to me, personally…they have done more for me than I’ll ever be able to do for them,” Ingram said. “And they learned that from their dad, Mr. Barry.”

District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry also spoke at the dedication, expressing his appreciation to Rep. Ingram on behalf of his family.

The Wilbur Barry Highway is the portion of Pensacola Boulevard between W Street and Marcus Pointe Boulevard/Stumpfield Road was named Wilbur Barry Highway as an enduring tribute to Lloyd Wilbur Barry, Jr.’s service to the community.  The name was official approved by the Florida Legislature.

Wilbur Barry is the late father of Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry.

Steven Barry also spoke at the dedication, expressing his appreciation to Rep. Ingram on behalf of his family.

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3 Responses to “Portion Of Highway 29 Dedicated As ‘Wilbur Barry Highway’”

  1. Jamie Lowman on November 15th, 2017 4:38 pm

    So happy for the Barry family! Smokey’s was a favorite of Daddy’s, as well as mine and MANY deputies! I know you all are so proud to be his family. He wa a great man!

  2. Dudley Herrington on November 15th, 2017 8:24 am

    This is really good NEWS !!!! A Great Tribute to a REAL MAN !!!

  3. Arngie Pope on November 14th, 2017 12:33 pm

    Great news for the Barry family. They should have named the ENTIRE highway after Mr. Barry. Put that request in for 2018.

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