Jerry Don Barlow, age 77, passed away on May 4, 2019 at his home.
Jerry was born July 10, 1941 in Paducah, Texas to Bennie ‘Jerry’ Olen and Myrtle ‘Bobbie’ May Robinson Barlow. He was raised at CeeVee, Texas and attended CeeVee and Paducah, Texas schools.
He married Carolyn Ruth Loter on August 1, 1964 and they began their life’s journey together at Dimmitt, Texas. Jerry was Service Manager for the Haynes Ford Motor Company. This job brought him in contact with the owner of Easter Fertilizer Company where he was working when their only child, Tyce Alen, was born December 26, 1966. He continued in the sales of fertilizer when he and Carolyn bought the Westway fertilizer plant in 1967. They owned J & C Farm Center until 1972 when they moved to Oklahoma. After moving to Oklahoma, Jerry drove the delivery truck for Colverts Milk Company for 14 years and for Gilt Edge for 6 years. He went to work at CCA prison with their first 1996 hiring and was employed there until his retirement 2008.
Jerry’s dad instilled the avid enjoyment of fishing into his sons. Afterwards Jerry made certain that Tyce was exposed to fishing too, starting before he could walk. All vacations were spent fishing, camping and skiing! The love for fishing definitely dominated Jerry’s pastime.
Reading was another one of Jerry’s passions. He thoroughly enjoyed Western literature, especially books by Louis L’Amour and Michael McGarrity. Jerry was also a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and was extremely proud of his tribal membership.
Jerry thoroughly enjoyed good country music and started playing guitar when very young with his mother’s coaching and encouragement. When teenagers, Jerry, his brother Jimmy, along with Dennis and Wayne Had-don, formed the Hadlows band. They played for gatherings, contests and hootenannies all over Childress and Cottle counties. They usually took home the trophy.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nellie, sister and brother-in-law Sue and Arnold Dietrich, brother Jimmy Barlow, nephew Gary Barlow, brothers-in-law, Jerry Loter and Delbert Wilson, father and mother-in-law Thurman & Jaurene Loter. His little Boston sidekicks, Casey, Missy and Bambi.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn, his son Tyce Alen and his fiancée Melissa of Indianola, Oklahoma, granddaughter Cami Bryce Barlow and great-grandson Corbin Brooks Barlow of McAlester. Sisters-in-law Linda Barlow, Patsy Wilson and Linda Loter of Childress, Texas, nieces, Shannon Barlow (Natalie) Amarillo, Texas, Tanya Wilson (David) Childress, Texas, nephews, Jimmy Dale Dietrich, Michael Dietrich (Jo Beth) and families of Plainview, Texas, Clay Wilson (Monique) and families, Mark Barlow of Childress, Texas. Jerry also leaves behind his little Boston traveling partner, Sassy.
Pallbearers are Scotty Price, Layne Davison, Larry Sutton, Shane Berry, Randy Brown and Kevin Nolen. Honorary pallbearers are Cliff Roberson, Wesley Hill, Dwayne Cox, Paul Huff, Terry Wayne Hardwick, Harvey Price, Bret Streater, Swade Johnson, Larry Wichert, Jim Ray Thompson, Phillip Lee, Billy Brown, Mike Goodson, Virgil Gann, Harold Phillips and P.D. Brown.
Family visitation was Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hudson Phillips Funeral Home, 301 N. Main St, Holdenville, Oklahoma.
Services were held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 310 N. Broadway, Holdenville, Oklahoma with Rev. Ronald Chastine, Pastor of Banner Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed at Holdenville Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home
Memorials may be made to the following: Holdenville Animal Lovers Organization (HALO) P.O. Box 63, Holdenville, OK 74848 or Grace Pick-ens Library 209 E. 9th, Holdenville, OK 74848.