Cover photo for MICHAEL BALARIE TERRY's Obituary
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January 16, 1962 — December 9, 2023

Michael Balarie Terry, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, passed away on December 9, 2023, in Dallas. Born on January 16, 1962, Michael lived a life that was filled with laughter, charm, and a carefree spirit. He brought joy to all who knew him with his humor and easy-going nature.

One of Michael's defining traits was his ability to make people laugh. His quick wit and infectious humor created a warm and inviting atmosphere wherever he went. Whether it was telling jokes or pulling playful pranks, Michael had a talent for making even the gloomiest days brighter. His friends often sought solace in his company, knowing that he could always bring a smile to their faces.

Beyond his sense of humor, Michael had several passions that brought him immense joy throughout his life. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending weekends by the water's edge with a fishing rod in hand. There was something magical for him about being surrounded by nature and patiently waiting for that perfect catch. The tranquility of these moments allowed him to find peace amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In addition to fishing, Michael had a surprisingly tender side - he loved babysitting. Spending time with children brought out his nurturing nature and playful spirit. Watching kids grow and learn was a source of great satisfaction for him. He cherished every moment spent with little ones as they reminded him of the pure innocence and boundless imagination that we often lose as we grow older.

Sports also played a significant role in Michael's life. As a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, he would passionately cheer for his favorite team from the sidelines or from the comfort of his living room. The thrill of victory or the agony of defeat elicited raw emotions in him; it was yet another way for him to connect with those around him through shared excitement or friendly rivalry.

Michael's proudest accomplishment was being the biggest fan of the legendary musician, Prince. His admiration for Prince's musical genius knew no bounds, and he cherished every song, album, and concert attended. Through Prince's music, Michael found inspiration, solace, and a sense of connection to the world around him.

Family meant the world to Michael. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela McJunkins, three beloved sons, one cherished daughter, four adoring brothers, and two devoted sisters. His parents George Terry Sr. and Rosie Terry mourn the loss of their beloved son. Michael's capacity for love knew no bounds; his family held a special place in his heart that will forever remain filled with affection.

Michael Balarie Terry will be remembered for his contagious laughter, lightheartedness, and ability to put a smile on anyone's face. His charismatic personality touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever be missed but never forgotten.

In honor of Michael's memory, let us remember to embrace life's humor, cherish moments filled with laughter and find joy in every day - just as he did. Rest in peace, dear friend; may your spirit continue to bring smiles to those who you watch over from above.

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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