Robert James Barrow, of the Ruliff Community, passed away at his home Feb. 7, at the age of 83.
Robert was born Jan. 14, 1933 to parents Edna (Wright) and Robert Ellis. He was born in Port Arthur, but moved with his family to Ruliff, soon after he was born. Robert stayed in the Ruliff area ever since, working as a Railroad Engineer at Motiva until his retirement. Robert was a member of the Baptist faith and was a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville. He was a true “man’s” man, spending his time hunting, fishing, woodworking, and doing everything he could to improve his home. Robert was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who loved the Lord; he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy and husband R.W. Franks and Catherine and Ed Cosper; brother-in-law, Lee Waller; mother-in-law Melindia Waller and father-in-law Marvin Waller.
Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lena Bell (Waller) Barrow of Ruliff; daughters Melindia Barrow of Lufkin, Dee Barrow and husband Avery Burke of Orange; son James R. Barrow and wife Jenni of Orangefield; grandchildren Brandon Barrow of Orange, James Bryce Barrow and Wife Courtney of Mauriceville, Marine Recruit Sheyenne Gros, Kody Gros, Ryan Burke, Mason Burke and Jacob Burke; great grandchild Brookelyn B. Barrow. He is also survived by a large extended family.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:00 am at the Calvary Baptist Church, with a gathering of family and friends on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5:00-9:00 pm, at the chapel of Dorman Funeral Home. The Rev. John Fortenberry will be officiating. Burial will follow at Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home.
Honoring Robert as pallbearers will be Brandon Barrow, Bryce Barrow, Shane Waller, Larry Waller, Douglas Jackson and James “Hopper” Waller. Honorary pallbearers will be Kody Gros, Marine Recruit Sheyenne Gros, Debbie Permenter, Gibson Waller, Kenneth Hudson.
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