The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners and the community commemorated the renaming of a portion of U.S. Highway 29/Pensacola Boulevard as Wilbur Barry Highway at a dedication on Monday, Nov. 13 at Smokey's Real Pit Bar-B-Que.
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 section 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.
Wilbur 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.