Source: The Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois) Monday March 1, 1943 Page 3
James Barry Sr., 87, a resident of Macon County for about 50 years and well-known among mining circles throughout the state, died at 7:55 p. m., Sunday in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Barry who lived at 626 South Jackson Street had been in failing health for several years and seriously ill for two weeks.
He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Dec. 1, 1885, and came to this country when a child. He was married to Mary Ann Barry in Streator, and they moved to Niantic in 1888. In 1914 they came to Decatur, where Mr. Barry engaged in mining and was active in forming the local United Mine Workers Union.
Mr. Barry was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Richard “Dick”, and Frank of Decatur, Robert of Kokomo, Indiana, two daughters, Sister Mary Verena, Order of St. Francis, St. John’s Sanitarium, Riverton, and Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin, Lovington; one brother, Richard, Ottawa; one sister, Mrs. Bridget McMahon, Decatur; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The body was taken to Moran & Sons Funeral Home where friend may call after 4 p. m. today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Note; He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois.