|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1865|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1941|
Published in The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, January 31, 1941, page 1.
"Long Illness Proves Fatal to T.T. Terry"
Thomas Tyler Terry, one of Huntsville's oldest and most prominent business men, and a former mayor of this city, died at the home of his son, Ira M. Terry, on Adams Avenue, at 5:50 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Terry had been in failing health for a number of years, and had not been able to be out in recent months.
Founder of the T.T. Terry store on the south side of the square, which he had operated for the past 44 years, Mr. Terry was a native of Madison county, and for the past four decades had occupied a prominent position in the affairs of this community.
He was born near New Market on Dec. 30, 1865, the son of the late George Lee Terry and Mary Darwin Terry. The first 21 years of his life were spent on the farm, but on the day he reached manhood, he left the farm and came to Huntsville, entering the employment of J. Klaus and Co., a retail store.
After several months with this firm, he left it to accept a position with his uncle, Sydney S. Darwin, by whom he was employed seven years.
He and his brother, S.L. Terry, entered business together in 1894, and operated three years before the partnership was dissolved, T.T. Terry opening a store of his own on the south side of the square.
Adopting the slogan, "Great Is the Power of Cash," the firm prospered and gradually expanded until it became one of the largest retail establishments in the city.
During his business life, Mr. Terry devoted much of his time to public affairs. He served one term as mayor, from 1916 to 1918, was president of the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, and had an important part in the construction of the Huntsville hospital. As a matter of fact, it was primarily through Mr. Terry's generosity that the hospital was built.
He had served as president of the Huntsville Hotel Co., the Huntsville Realty Co., the old Farmers State Bank, and as treasurer of several other local organizations.
While he shunned publicity, his charitable work extended over a wide area.
He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder the past 40 years.
Surviving besides the son, one sister, Mrs. Dama Rodgers; two brothers, S.L. Terry and Jeff Jerry; two granddaughters, Tyler and Mary Alice Terry, all of Huntsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held form the Central Presbyterian Church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. Flynn G. Humphreys officiating.
Interment will be made in Maple Hill Cemetery, with Laughlin-Service in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers will be Morton Hutchens, M.H. Lanier, Sr., Gayle Geron, C.Y. Wilson, Phil W. Peeler, J.D. Thornton, Dr. W.S. Mims and J.S. Yarbrough.
Honorary pallbearers will include the elders and deacons of the Central Presbyterian Church and Dr. C.A. Grote.
George Lee Terry (1820 - 1901)
Sydney Lee Terry (1860 - 1951)*
Thomas Tyler Terry (1865 - 1941)
Mary Alice Terry Payne (1868 - 1896)*
Jeffrey Humphrey Terry (1879 - 1962)*
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