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Barry Stone Bailey

October 21, 1952 - August 31, 2021

Barry Stone Bailey, 68, died recently at his home in New Orleans, LA. He was the son of the late Richard Junior Bailey and Dorothy Harris Bailey of Burlington, NC. Barry is survived by his brother Rick, Rick’s wife Sara, and their son Oren; and his sister Holly, and her stepchildren Sebastian and Aurelie Colson. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Thierry Colson.

After graduating from Walter M. High School in Burlington, NC, Barry earned a Master of Fine arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. A gifted artist, he was a former Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he taught sculpture for many years. He was well known in the local art community, taught sculpture internationally, and over the years was responsible for many art installations around the city. Some of his works still adorn public and private spaces throughout New Orleans.

A memorial will be planned at a later date where Barry will be honored by his many family members, friends, and students.

Tharp Funeral Home & crematory is assisting the family.

A memorial will be planned at a later date where Barry will be honored by his many family members, friends, and students.

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I was saddened to hear that Barry passed away. I was a former student of his at Tulane University where he taught me a lot. I majored in studio art with a concentration in sculpture so I was around Barry a lot during my time at Tulane. I remember my first day in my first class with him. I thought, “This guy kind of looks like Clint Eastwood”. “I hope he is not a hard ass like Clint Eastwood’s characters”. He wasn’t though. Barry was nice and very knowledgeable. I loved going on small field trips around town to look at different kinds of art around the city and learning about the different artists. I also loved the iron pours we would have for class with his famous head furnace/smelter where the eyes would glow and the molten iron would come out of the mouth when it was time to pour. I will never forget my days at Tulane with Barry and everything I learned from him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this tough time. May God bring you peace and comfort.

Posted by Josh Hibbs on September 17, 2021

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