Obituary: Barry Jack Kerr |


November 16, 1949 – January 4, 2022

Barry Jack Kerr, 72, of Hannibal, MO died at 9.45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

The family will host a 2:00 p.m. Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church with a reception to follow.

Interment will be held at a later date at Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley, California.

Cremation arrangements are managed by the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel of Hannibal.

Barry was born November 16, 1949 in Grass Valley, California, the son of Robert and Virginia (Beesley) Kerr.

He married Frances “Fran” Martin on August 3, 1974, in Grass Valley, California.

Survivors include wife, Fran of the house, daughter, Rosemary Kerr of Hannibal, MO, son, Brad Kerr (Amanda) of Fulton, MO, grandchildren, Olivia Kerr and John Kerr.

The students he had taught and mentored over the years at Grass Valley School District, Nevada Union High School, and Hannibal LaGrange University are also survivors.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Richard Kerr, and toddler son, Sidney Eric.

Barry graduated from Nevada Union High School in the Class of 1967 and continued his education at the University of California at Davis and received his BA in Psychology and his Teaching Diploma in California. Barry went on to obtain his Masters in Education from Laverne University.

Barry enjoyed teaching and taught at the Grass Valley School District for many years and then at HLGU where he was instrumental in the Gatekeepers program. Barry loved to see and experience new things and traveled the world a lot, planning many trips to high school and college. He had a close relationship with his students and often arranged flowers and corsages for students who were getting married. He was a huge fan of Broadway shows and musicals. Barry sang in his church choir, the HLGU Choir and also appeared in the musical Christmas Carol. A huge sports fan, Barry was a true fan of the San Francisco 49er and the San Francisco Giants. In his spare time he enjoyed watching the Hallmark movies.

Barry was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Nevada Union Choir Booster Club, in the care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences can be sent to the family and the video tribute viewed on Barry’s memorial page at


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