Elbert Arthur Terry, better known as Sonny, passed away on March 16, 2021 on his family’s land in Visalia, Calif. He was born on June 20, 1931 in Hot Springs, Ark. to Arthur Elbert Terry and Mary Elizabeth Terry.
Sonny spent his early childhood in Arkansas and later moved to Visalia in 1941 with his family where they established Terryville Tent camps. In 1949, he joined the Army and served three years in Korea. When he returned from war, he married Opal in 1953. They soon had one daughter, Barbara Terry.
Sonny went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He was a barber in Exeter, Calif., for many years, owned and operated Terry’s TV in Visalia, owned and operated a second hand store, and owned and operated a poultry farm. He eventually retired and volunteered for the Visalia Gleaners for 17 years. He was truly a hard working man until he was no longer able to do so.
Aside from working, Sonny had many other passions such as hunting, fishing and music, specifically the guitar. He was also in a band for quite some time.
He was a kind, humble, well rounded man. Raised and passed in Terryville, his family’s land.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Terry of 67 years; granddaughter, Alisha Burns; and great grandson, Luke Burns. He also survived all of his siblings. Sonny is survived by daughter Barbara Terry; grandson, Donnie Burns; great grandchildren, Dakota Burns Romans, Levi Burns, Logan and Tracy Phillips, Lance Fishel and many extended family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the Exeter District Cemetery. Bereavement lunch to follow.