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Rev. Larry Barlow

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Rev. Larry Barlow
January 18, 1942 – June 26, 2017
Bowie—The Rev. Larry Barlow, 75, met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on June 26, 2017.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 29 at First Baptist in Bowie with the Rev. Mike Henson officiating.
A graveside service will be at 10:15 a.m. June 30 at DFW National Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Merritt officiating.
Larry was born on Jan. 18, 1942 in Fitchburg, MA and moved to Texas in 1954 with his mother Grace Smith Barlow and his father Lee Adrian Barlow.
He graduated from Wayland Baptist College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1968 and in 1973 Larry received his masters of divinity from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He later went on to earn his doctorate of theology from California Graduate School in 1984 and a masters of arts in education from New Mexico State University in 1997.
As a Southern Baptist preacher, he was the pastor of churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico for 40 years. Larry taught special education in Anthony, NM for several years. He retired from the pastorate in 2008 and moved to Bowie to be near his sister, Pamela Barlow, DVM.
Larry was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Bowie where he led the singing for his Sunday school class and also sang in the choir. He and his wife Janet were involved in many of the activities with senior adult group. Larry was also active with the Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Friends of the Library and the Hospice Store in Bowie. He was a big science fiction fan, loved to garden, and Larry and his wife loved to go on family cruises.
He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Janet Barlow; daughter, Karyn Barlow, Rio Rancho, NM, who was the apple of his eye; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Barlow, Albuquerque, NM, who was his princess, studing performance arts at UNM; sisters, Sandy Rewis and her husband Earl, Richmond Hills, GA, Pamela Barlow, DVM, Bowie and Vanessa Akin and her husband Pogo, Stafford, VA; sister-in-law, Judy Hughes and her husband Hal; niece, Kathy Hughes, Austin; and nephew, Clint Hughes and his wife Jessica, Oakdale, MN.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the exceptional staff of Solaris and Advanced Rehab for their wonderful compassionate care of my husband and myself.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church and/or to the American Cancer Society.
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Robert “Bob” Darryl Hamric

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March 28, 1963 ~ January 21, 2024
BRIDGEPORT – Robert Darryl Hamric, 60, died Jan. 21, 2024 at his home after a two year battle fighting Glioblastoma.
A celebration of life will be on March 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 403 N. Oak in Muenster. Please drop by in casual, concert, camouflage or Caribbean dress anytime from 2 – 5 p.m.
He was born March 28, 1963 in El Paso to Dan and Fay Hamric. Dan, Fay and Bob moved back to Muenster and started Muenster Public Schools for Kindergarten in 1967. He spent his afternoons at Hamric’s store with Grammy and Pop. He graduated in 1981 from Muenster High School and moved back to El Paso to attend college at The University of Texas at El Paso. That did not last long, so another quick move back to Muenster occurred. Dan told him he could pay rent or live in a tent, take your pick. So he paid a little rent and went to work in the oil field.
He eventually enrolled in Cooke County College and enjoyed field trips to the coast and being a science major. This is where his love for the ocean began. He then moved to Wichita Falls, working for Miller Distributing while finishing his degree in education at Midwestern State University. In that time, he had his children, Casey and Katy Fay, and moved them to Saint Jo in 1993 where he started his teaching career. He was an elementary science teacher, golf coach and bus driver for Saint Jo Independent School District for 16 years.
During his single dad years, his friends set him up with the love of his life, Rhonda Bell, in 1998. They began their life together, full of mystery dates, cruises and beach trips in June of 2001. He retired early from teaching in 2005 to take a job for Ronnie Hess managing the Alvord Building Center. He, Rhonda and the kids packed up and moved to Bridgeport, where the kids graduated and eventually started their own families. Bob and Rhonda’s newest favorite job was the job of being grandparents, affectionately termed Marmee and Pop.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Hamric.
Bob is survived by his soulmate, Rhonda; children,
Casey and Morgan Hamric and Katy and Jaron Kunkel and their children, Axel and Knox. He also is survived by his mother, Fay Hamric, Muenster; sisters and their families, Danna and Brian Hess and Lisa and Marcus Sadler; nieces and nephews, Erin and Halle Hess and Dayne Sadler; mother in law, Barbara Atteberry, Nocona; in laws, Lisa Bell, Cristi Bell, John Howard, Curtis Atteberry and Angie Atteberry; nephews, Stevie and Colby Brewer, Matthew and Brandon Blevins, Brien Atteberry and Amir Wisema and niece, Kaylee Sanders.

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Helen “Joyce” Garrett

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January 7, 1936 – February 19, 2024
BOWIE – Helen “Joyce” Garrett, 88, left this earth for her eternal home in heaven with Jesus on Feb. 19, 2024.
A graveside service took place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie, with Bro. Mike Henson officiating.
Joyce was born on Jan. 7, 1936 in Newport to Willie and Estelline (Brown) Williams. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Garrett, on Aug. 17, 1952. Joyce was an active member of First Baptist Church Bowie for most of her life. She taught Sunday School classes and Precept Bible Study classes for many years.
She was the insurance clerk at Bowie Memorial Hospital for several years, before she decided to become a licensed realtor. She began her real estate career with Raborn Real Estate in Bowie. Eventually she started and ran Garrett Realty for many years until her retirement. Playing bridge with her bridge club lady friends was one of her favorite things to do in retirement.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin infant boys, Keith and Kevin and sister, Betty Isaacs.
Joyce is survived by son, Chris Garrett, Sanger; daughter, Cindy Garrett and husband Bob, Bowie; grandson, Shae Garrett and wife, Taras, Merkel; granddaughter, Sasha Marak and husband Chad, Liberty Hill; granddaughter, Nicole Garrett, Houston; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Wichita Falls for the compassionate and loving care that they gave to their mom and family during the last days of her life. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Bowie Building Fund or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

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Richard Charles Bowling

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November 28, 1945 – February 16, 2024
BOWIE – Richard Charles Bowling, 78, went to be with the Lord Feb. 16, 2024 after 16 years of battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia cancer.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on March 1 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Bowie, with Pastor Glenn Neff and Lanny Hunt officiating.
Richard was born Nov. 28, 1945 in Fort Worth to Charles and Katherine (Pickren) Bowling. As a young man he married Robin McShan and the couple were together 51 years before his passing. Together they had two daughters, Stephanie and Tiffany.
The family enjoyed camping, water and snow skiing. After Richard’s retirement, he and Robin enjoyed time spent with the Cracker Town Camping Group, and many travels to Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas, especially his family home in Salem, AR. Richard was a longtime member of First Free Will Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his uncles and aunts.
Richard is survived by his wife, Robin Bowling; daughters, Stephanie B. Pate, Mineral Wells and Tiffany Bowling, Bowie; granddaughters, Rachel Pate, Mineral Wells and Deliliha (Ash) Bowling, Bowie; son-in-law, James Pate; brothers, Roger Bowling and wife Peggy and David Bowling and wife Cindy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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