Claudene Cooper Barry, 78, passed away in a hospital July 28, 2011. Born in Asheboro, N.C., Oct. 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Cooper. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 40 years, Benjamin L. Barry. She is survived by her son, Timothy Barry and his wife Maria of Virginia Beach, their children Katie and Paige, and Benny's children Carole Penrod of Norfolk and Bill Barry of Clovis, Calif.
Claudene moved from Asheboro to Norfolk with her family graduating from Granby High School in 1952. She worked as a secretary for Clark, Nexsen and Owens Architects and Engineers for most of her career before retiring in 1969. She was also a volunteer at the Ocean View Museum in Norfolk. Claudene was an active member of the Ocean View Democratic Club where she loved to play pool and Bunco and was well known and loved by all for her wonderful sense of humor. She was also an avid golfer winning several amateur tournaments.
A celebration of Claudene's life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. You may offer condolences at www. smithandwilliamsnorfolk.com.