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Rebecca "Becky"  & Alton Mayo     New Albany, MS
Alton & I miss Barry with all of our hearts! There's not a day that goes by that we do not think of him! The day that we got that dreaded knock on our door at our home in Ecru, MS was devastating. It was the worse feeling imaginable! To know the tragic way he died killed both of us inside! There has been a void in both of our hearts ever since that day that can not be filled! We love you Barry and you are still in our hearts!

Jill Self   Pontotoc, MS
Thanks Barry.

Katie Fuller     New Albany MS
We love you Barry and miss you so much and I can't wait for the day to see them big blue eyes again


Julie Harrison     Austin TX
What a truly wonderful tribute to an extraordinary man.

Sara Bandy     Rockdale,Tx
I never met my step-nephew but loved him just from what his mama has told me.  I also loved and prayed for him and all our vets that give up their lives doing what takes guts and love for their country .  I do know that he is certainly missed by us all.  I only regret never getting to hug his neck.  God is doing that for us all now.  May BARRY and all our men rest in peace.  God Bless America.  Aunt Sara

Denise Horton
Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country;  people like you are why we Americans are able to have the freedoms and rights.  You are a true American hero.  I still miss you every day and will always love you sweet nephew.   Aunt Denise

Private Barry Mayo (US Army)
Ecru, MS
Died March 5, 2008 in Baqubah, Iraq

Barry Mayo was only 18 years old when he first stepped foot in Iraq as a private in the U.S. Army. At a time when most 18 years old were trying to figure out what do with the summer after their senior year, Barry Mayo was already doing what he loved. He had made up his mind by age 17 that he wanted to be in the Army. One year later, he was thousands of miles from his home in Ecru as a part of the U.S. Army’s First Cavalry Division driving Humvees through the desert.

Even though he wanted to be a soldier, it didn’t change the heart of who Barry Mayo was. He was as laid back as they come. There are very few photos of him where his big blue eyes and huge smile aren’t front and center. He had a playful side as well, like the way he used to let his mother get ahead in a game of basketball, only to come back in the end to beat her. He loved to shoot pool with his friends and with his little brother, Andy.

One thing Barry never wanted anyone to do was worry about his time in Iraq. On several occasions he told everyone from his grandfather to his stepmother not to worry about him. Barry shrugged off any concerns family members expressed about the dangers of his job as a driver and as a gunner in Iraq. It was partly due to his laid back personality, but it was also out of a genuine desire not to upset his family or friends.

In February 2007, Barry was able to come home and spend a few weeks with his family in Mississippi. They celebrated an early birthday together, before Barry went back to Iraq on February 20. That was the day he turned 21 years old. That would also be the last day the Mayo family would see him. Barry was killed in Iraq on March 5, 2007 when an IED detonated near his vehicle. When his body was returned home, people lined the highway and overpasses from Tupelo to New Albany to pay their respects.

The boy who knew exactly what he wanted to do at age 17, died doing the very thing he loved at age 21.

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