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Joseph Emmitt "Joe" Barrick
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1921
Pauls Valley
Garvin County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 2010
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA

Joe was the son of Joe and Ethel (Lewis) Barrick. He graduated from Fanshawe, Oklahoma High School. He served 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard following World War II. He married his childhood sweetheart Mary Conner in 1961. Joe settled in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, working as a carpenter and beginning to dabble in making musical instruments. In the early 1950s he started making a series of electrified instruments—guitars, mandolins, and doublenecks—that incorporated bull skulls, complete with horns, as the central body. Joe built about a dozen of these "cow skull" guitars before moving on to other important ventures, including his one-man band. He invented a device called the "piatarbajo," a combination piano, guitar, bass, and banjo, which he played with his feet while playing the guitar, mandolin, or fiddle with his hands and singing or playing harmonica with his mouth. Joe was featured in Guitar Player magazine, several books and news articles. He played annually at the Tuskahoma Festival and Sanders Blue Grass Festival. Joe worked for the Choctaw Nation Clinic for 20 years. Joe was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Joe is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; daughter, Jodie Barrick and son-in-law, Chris Strang of McAlester, Oklahoma; sisters, Virginia Ward of Cameron, Oklahoma, Jane Brown of Fanshawe, Oklahoma; brothers, Marshall Duncan and wife Helga of Red Oak, Oklahoma, Eugene Duncan and wife Shirley of Fanshawe, Oklahoma; grandson, Christian Dowell; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joe Barrick, mother, Ethel Duncan; step-father, Martin Duncan; brother, Earl Duncan and a son, Ralph Dowell. The family will greet friends 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Bishop Chapel of Memories. A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2010 at Fanshawe Cemetery, Fanshawe, Oklahoma officiated by Greg McGowan. Interment will follow. Military Honors will be provided by the Choctaw Nation Color Guard. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Chris Strang and Marty Duncan. Arrangements are entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory, McAlester, OK. 
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  Joseph Emmett Barrick (1900 - 1921)
  Ethel Eugenia Lewis Duncan (1902 - 2002)
  Mary Alice Conner Barrick (1922 - 2010)
  Joseph Emmitt Barrick (1921 - 2010)
  Virginia Lee Duncan Ward (1927 - 2014)**
*Calculated relationship
Fanshawe Cemetery
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Jun 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53491602
Joseph Emmitt Joe Barrick
Added by: MillieBelle
Joseph Emmitt Joe Barrick
Added by: MillieBelle
Joseph Emmitt Joe Barrick
Added by: MillieBelle
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Rest in Peace, Music Man. Your efforts have not been in vain.
 Added: Nov. 30, 2011
♪♫♪ *♥*♪♫♪ To the best Piatarbajo player that ever lived. Rest in peace sweet Joe.
- MillieBelle
 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

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