David Ottis Barrow, 81, of Orange, died April 20, 2009, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Tom Phelan. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.  

Barrow was born May 9, 1927, in Olney, to David Samuel and Virgia Alma Barrow. During his childhood and adolescence, his family had to continuously move to look for work during the Depression era – this might have been what instilled his great love for the outdoors and adventurous spirit. After graduating from high school in Lufkin, he joined the United States Army and served as a Military Policeman (MP) in Germany and Italy. Upon the completion of his military service, he worked in the oil fields of Louisiana until he was hired at DuPont in Orange on Oct. 1, 1947.

He wed the love of his life, Frances Marie Stromer, from Ville Platte, La. on Dec. 6, 1947. Eleven months later, they had their daughter, Mary Kathryn (Kathy). Once retired from DuPont in August, 1986, he spent his time enjoying his family, working with his church, gardening, fishing and hunting. 

He will be dearly missed by all that knew him and loved him.
David was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 51 years, Frances; his parents, David and Virgia; sister, Edith Rae; brother, Lloyd; and his twin, Ollie Bea.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Keegan and her husband, Edward; granddaughter, Suzie Tarpley and her husband Jack and Dave’s only great-grandbaby Grace; grandson, Patrick Keegan and his wife Lindsey; brother, Sammy and his wife Delores; brother-in-law, Harold Stromer and his wife JoEl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers or plants, please give a donation to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Building Fund at 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange, Texas 77632; St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or donate a book to your local library.