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Obituary: John E. Terry, Columbus

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John E. Terry, 74, of  Columbus, went to be with the Lord at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

John was a member of Columbus Baptist Church where he served as music director. From September 1958 to October 1971, he was the lead singer with the Gospel Five Quartet and also formerly sang with the Singing Sands.

He retired in 2003 from Golden Foundry, where he worked 32 years, and enjoyed bowling, golfing and his grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Revs. Charles Kennedy and Don Phillips officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

After the funeral, additional calling hours will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Silverville Missionary Baptist Church on State Road 158 in Silverville, IN. A graveside service, conducted by Mr. Terry's son, Brian Terry, will follow immediately at Silverville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the Terry family at

John was born in Martin County, IN, December 11, 1938, the son of George Earl and Lillian Thelma Mitchell Terry. He married Marcella Burkhart April 22, 1977.

Survivors include his wife; children, Brian (Rachel) Terry of Shoals, Barry (Pattie) Terry of Livonia and Beth (Jim) Tomlinson of Mitchell; brothers, William (Norma) Terry of Silverville, Eugene Terry of Marietta, Ohio, and his twin brother, James (Judith) Terry of Bedford; grandchildren, Erin (Jason) McColley of Bloomington, Nicholas Terry, serving with the U.S. Army in Italy, Coy and Cassidy Blondell, both of Mitchell; 11 stepgrandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Linda (Charles) Breeding of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Terry; and sisters, Mildred Terrell and Ruth McCollum.

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