Ayandria (Yan) Jeanette Windham-Barry, 48, passed away on March 3, 2018 at her residence. Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Southside M.B. Church, 100 Nashville Ferry Road East, Columbus, MS with Minister George Evelyn Brooks officiating. Rev. Rayfield Evins Jr. is the pastor. Visitation will be today from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Services, Columbus, MS. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Columbus, MS. She was born February 19, 1970 to Sylvester “Moochie” Ellis and Annie Bell Windham. At an early age, Yan was baptized and joined the Southside Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Isaac Lacy, Sr. Yan graduated from Caldwell High School Class of 1988, received her B.S. degree from the Mississippi University for Women and Master’s degree from Strayer University. Yan was two months old when her father was killed in the Vietnam War. Due to a lack of knowing what benefits were available to her during that time, it became a personal mission of hers to make sure other military families wouldn’t have to endure the same hardships. In 2007, after completing her Masters she began a job with the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program as an A-W2 Advocate. Affectionately known as “Ms. Barry” by her soldiers, she provided selfless, personalized support for severely wounded, injured, and ill soldiers and their families up until the time of her death. Yan was very active in the community. She was a committee member on the CLRA Annual Thanksgiving Day meal delivery event, an annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a board member of the Rippon-Landing Homeowners Association, and volunteered with numerous organizations in the Washington/Virginia area. She was in the process of starting a non-profit organization, “New Normal”, aimed at assisting cancer survivors with navigating life changes. She was preceded in death by her father Sylvester “Moochie” Ellis, step father Willie Lee Barry, paternal grandparents (Mitt and Elizabeth Ellis), and maternal grandparents (Ellis and Eliza Windham). Her no nonsense personality will forever be remembered especially by her devoted and loving, children, Melody Ayshay Barry and Gabriel Alexander Barry, mother, Annie Bell Barry, siblings, Kenya Barry and Ellis Barry Sr., nephews, Marcus Barry, Tony Barry, Kieran Edwards, Ellis Barry Jr., and Joshua James; nieces, Kameron Corrothers, Nautica Barry, and Maya Rush; aunts, uncles, and special friends Jonathan Holsey, Carrie Barry, Jason Brooks, Rebecca Roberts, Regina Webb, and Sherlinda Warner. Active Pallbearers will be the Caldwell High School Class of 1998. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ennis Brewer, Michael Ellis, Calvin Gardner Tarshon Phillips, and Kenneth Evans.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on March 9, 2018
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