Obituary: Terrell Barr Linton

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Terrell Barr Linton departed this life peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 3, 2024, at the age of 59. A revered father, brother, son, and uncle, Barr was also recognized as a discerning businessman and an avid world traveler. Born on Aug. 11, 1964, to Terry and Gail Linton in Cullman, Alabama, he was a graduate of Cullman High School in 1982. Barr pursued higher education at Birmingham Southern College, where he excelled, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics in 1986. His academic journey continued with a Rotary Scholarship at the University of Bristol, followed by a distinguished graduation from Yale Law School, where he held the title of executive editor for The Yale Journal on Regulation.

Barr’s professional path began with a clerkship in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, before practicing corporate law in San Francisco and London. He later transitioned into investment banking and lived in Greece, a country he adored, before returning to his home state of Alabama. In Birmingham, Barr continued practicing law and ultimately used his legal expertise to help build a successful company working in clean fuel technology.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Barr was a man of broad perspectives and deep empathy. His greatest joy was found in his three daughters, with whom he shared a love for the world. Barr believed in the enriching power of travel and the beauty of experiencing different cultures and people. Regularly, he took his daughters on journeys to various parts of the globe, introducing them to his many cherished friends and favorite places. Each journey they embarked upon was a reflection of Barr’s commitment to lifelong learning. He was not a tourist in his travels, but a true explorer at heart, seeking to instill the same sense of wonder and global consciousness in his daughters. Even at home, Barr remained a family man and a mentor. His dinner table was always open to friends and relatives, filled with meaningful conversation and shared laughter. Barr was devoted to the well-being of his daughters, but also to all others that had the fortune to cross paths with him.

Barr’s impact was also visible through his philanthropic efforts. A passionate supporter of the Vascular Birthmark Foundation, Barr was driven to fund countless medical research for the betterment of children across the globe. Furthermore, Barr was committed to expanding access to education at his alma mater, Birmingham Southern College, through countless grants for needy students. Barr’s generosity of spirit was boundless, and his willingness to help others achieve their dreams was a testament to his character. He will be profoundly missed.

He is survived by his daughters Annette, Andie, and Juliana Linton; father Terry Linton; brother Rand Linton (Christina); sister Kara Roberts (Lee); and nephews Linton and Anderson Roberts. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gail Anderson Linton, and grandparents Ellis and Nellie Anderson, and Dan and Claudia Linton.

A private service for the immediate family will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at the Cullman Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory in Cullman, Alabama. A Celebration of Life for all family and friends will follow at 1 p.m. on the same day at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Barr’s memory to the Vascular Birthmark Foundation (birthmark.org) or a charity of one’s choice.