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John Barrow

May 1, 1943 — June 7, 2017

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John Carter Barrow

Hephzibah, GA  –       John Carter Barrow, 74, loving husband of 50 years to the late Ollie Mae Gay Barrow, entered into his eternal rest Wednesday evening, June 7, 2017 at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta. Funeral services will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 7:30 P.M. Thursday evening, June 15, 2017 with Pastor Kellie Cardona officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday afternoon, June 16, 2017, in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

One of four children born to the late Vivan Erlene Gay Barrow and the late John Turner Barrow, John was born and raised in the Blythe area and has always lived in Burke, Richmond or Jefferson counties.  At the age of 24, he married the love of his life, dying four days before their 50th wedding anniversary. Their love was so great that his lovely bride joined him in eternity Sunday night, June 11th—their 50th anniversary.

Retiring as a mechanic at Bush Field airport, John loved to “tinker” and “fix” small appliances and work on anything with a motor. He enjoyed hunting and fishing until his health decline. People knew him as “that old, ornery man” who liked to laugh and joke around.  They knew that he could be counted on to lend a helping hand to those in need.  His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family, especially his great granddaughter who provided much laughter and joy.

John is also preceded in death by his son, John Carter Barrow, Jr.; and his siblings, Shirley Ann Vickery and Eugene Barrow.  Survivors include in his son, John C. Barrow III (Lori); brother, Larry Lamar Barrow; two grandchildren, Stephanie Marie Landers and James Coleman (Amy); one great granddaughter, Galeah Miller; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Adam Clyburn, Ronnie Fuller, Michael Jones Jr., Sean Malenfant, J.L. Norris and Steve Pendry.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 4:30 – 7:30 P.M. Thursday evening, June 15, 2017 prior to the services.

Because of the unexpected nature of their loss, the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens GA  30833.


When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget, if you can, that I ever frowned
And only remember the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going—
I would not have you sad for a day,
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay.
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.

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