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Business Profile: Stacy Barber enjoys working with friends, family

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Stacy Barber

By BARBARA GREEN

Build a Better Bowie is expanding to include a business profile of hometown people who chose to make not only their homes in Bowie, but to invest in the community by operating a business. The News will feature a profile of an assortment of these business leaders during the next few months.
Stacy Barber is the daughter of Nell and Ray Barber. A 1976 graduate of Bowie High School, she has worked as an insurance agent, financial and investment advisor and retirement planning.
Barber started doing business in 1989 with 28 years here and 37 years total. The 58-year-old attended the American College earning the designation “Chartered financial consultant.” She has operated Stacy Barber Financial in Bowie for the past 27 years.
Her family includes her brother, Bruce and his wife Marcia, her niece Lauren Barber and brother, Phil Barber.
Why did you choose to establish your business and home in Bowie?
I wanted to be able to run a business in the town where my parents were and where I grew up. I love the freedom, neighbors, friends and family. It also is close to the Metroplex and the airport.
What do you enjoy about operating in your hometown?
I enjoy knowing and understanding families. I enjoy a “reputation” of being in the same office for 27 years and helping “generations” follow their financial goals.
What is the biggest challenge a small town business faces?
The biggest challenge is “perception” at times that a “small town” advisor does not have access to all the “Metroplex” firms do. Not true, we serve all of Texas and clients in almost all states.
Do you have a business philosophy?
We work a “TEAM” approach which adds to all we do and provides increased benefits to our clients. Everything is specialized in creating a design for individual situations, never one plan for all.

 

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City of Bowie water crews repaired a break in this eight-inch water line on Tarrant Street in between Lindsey and Mason Wednesday. It started as a small trickle, but once the dirt was removed the line blew out, but it was soon repaired on the water supply was turned off. There were no shutdown to the water supply during the work. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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Vera Rae

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Vera Rae

April 19, 1940 to October 29, 2023
AUSTRALIA – Vera Rae, 82, passed away peacefully after a set of health issues following a fall on Oct. 7, 2023.
Vera was born in Stockport, England to John “Jack” and Alice Gooch. They migrated to Australia following the Second World War, settling in Western Australia.
Vera met the love of her life in 1957, Robert John Rae, and they married on May 30, 1959. They were blessed with two daughters, Jenny and Debby.
Vera loved the Lord, had a strong faith, and was a prayer warrior. Throughout her various illnesses in life, she remained cheerful, gracious, and loving.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alice Gooch; in-laws, Don and Amy Rae, and nephew, Justin Gooch.
Vera is survived by her loving husband, Robert Rae, Port Kennedy, Western Australia; daughter, Jenny Rae Rizzolo and partner Paul, Bowie, TX, and Debby Rae Harvey and husband Ian, Waikiki, Western Australia; grandchildren, Mandy Jones, Jodie Ehle, Jacilyn Kenny and Bronwyn Has; and great grandchildren, Tahlia, Tanaya, Shelby, Khy, Jordyn, Mollie, Bryce, Brett, Kobe, Lilly, Caitlin, Morgan and Olivia.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Greenfield’s Funerals, Port Kennedy Western Australia.
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Fred Allen

March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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