Barry L. O'Donnell of Blacksburg died Feb. 13

Barry L. O'Donnell, of Blacksburg, passed away Feb. 13, 2020.

Barry was a selfless and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He showed a strength of moral character that inspired others to be their best.

He was a proud graduate of the Virginia Military Institute's class of 1971, and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. As associate director of the MBA program at Virginia Tech for 25 years, Barry's dedication to his students influenced hundreds of lives.

He leaves behind his wife, Gloria Armstrong O'Donnell; children, Jason and friend Erin, and David and wife Shannon, and grandchildren Logan and Bailey; sister-in-law Nadine Armstrong, and nieces and nephews, Nathan and Misty Armstrong, Lisa and Abbott Keesee, and their children.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Harrison Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Benjamin Dowling. Burial will be private.

Gifts in memory of Barry may be made to the VMI Foundation, PO Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450, or online at

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

The News-Gazette

The News-Gazette Corp.
P.O. Box 1153
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 463-3113

Email Us

Facebook Twitter

Latest articles