Services for Rev. Barry Eller

The Reverend Dr. Samuel Barry Eller, 74, devoted husband of Barbara Rogers Eller, went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family on Monday, April 3, 2023.

Born in Union, SC, he was a son of the late The Reverend and Mrs. Benjamin Lee, Eller Jr. (Frances Geneva Tucker).

Barry and Barbara grew up as childhood friends through the Lemira Presbyterian Church with their families often getting together to watch TV and fellowship. It was years later, after graduating high school, that their friendship blossomed. They were married in 1970 in Sumter, SC and started their family.

Dr. Eller earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Erskine College in 1970, in 1973, his Master of Divinity and in 1987, Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary.

Barry was the founding minister at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) in Chapin, SC. Dr. Eller subsequently joined the Associated Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) denomination, where he faithfully served multiple congregations across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. After his retirement in 2013, he continued to serve The Lord as a supply pastor for multiple ARP congregations in the upstate of South Carolina until January of 2023.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Barbara, left to cherish his memory are his three children, Leigh E. Curfman and husband, Brian, Ashley E. Tamburrino and husband, Daniel, and Daniel Barry Eller and wife, Laura Taylor Eller; ten grandchildren, Patrick Tucker Curfman, Stephen Matthew Heimbigner, Jr.,  Georgia B. Logan and husband, William, Conrad Lee Heimbigner, Eli Daniel Tamburrino, Brittany Tamburrino, Bethany Lewis, Blaine Brunson Eller, Benjamin Levi Eller, and Sarah Quincy Eller; and five great-grandchildren, Noah Grey Heimbigner, Taylor Elizabeth Logan, Kaiden Tamburrino, Felicity Lewis, and Truitt Lewis, and his sister-in-law, Lori Eller.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas David Eller.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 08, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenville ARP Church, followed by a time of visitation. Rev. Todd Matocha and Rev. David Griffin will officiate the funeral service. Burial will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sharon, SC.  Rev. Jordan Bernard will officiate the burial service.

Family and friends who are unable to attend the funeral service can view the Live Stream by visiting

Barry loved his “special friends” who attended Camp Joy at Bonclarken Conference Center.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Joy, 918 South Pleasantburg Suite 127, Greenville, SC 29607, or by visiting

3 thoughts on “Services for Rev. Barry Eller”

  1. My thoughts and prayers are you and the family. I loved the way Barry was so good with my Camp Joy campers. They loved him right back. He was greeted by so many of our special friends who have gone before him. Love to all. Ann Brice

  2. I loved preacher Eller. My mama and daddy were Ruby and Milton seawright . I was in church at little mountain from the day I was born and still now. We loved Preacher eller he was the very first pastor I remember as a chills always looked forward to homecoming to see if he was there to visit. He was a great man and love so much by the Seawright family.

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