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.
Alton “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.
Council facing lengthy agenda of new business
Bowie City Councilors face a lengthy agenda of new business on Oct. 25 spanning outside audit proposals, amendments to the personnel policy and six planning and zoning commission requests.
The panel will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
A pair of audit proposals will be reviewed from Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, and Mathis, West & Huffines Group.
The personnel policy amendments center on paid quarantine leave and officer mental health leave.
A resolution for repayment of opioid-related expenditures and payment to abate opioid-related harms will be reviewed, along with the 2021 tax roll.
The council also will discuss the Richwood Lake Estates Park at Amon Carter Lake. This topic is a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot.
An executive session will have the council discuss economic development negotiations on a project. Janis Crawley, executive director of the Bowie Economic Development Corporation, also will give the council an update on the recent Economic Development Administration grant that will provide $1,460,000 to the BEDC for infrastructure work at the Bowie Business Park.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will make his monthly report discussing the asset management program, the audit, search for a new finance director, a program with Honeywell that evaluates facilities on where the city can save money and an update from the Association of Rural Communities.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up Monday night’s council agenda.
Department of Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of multi-fatality accidents in Montague County Thursday night. One occurred at US 82 and FM 1806 and a half hour later one occurred near Star Travel Center outside Bowie. No details were available Friday but watch for updates.
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