James Edwin Barlow

James Edwin Barlow

Winters, Runnels County, Texas, USA
Death 18 May 2010 (aged 81)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
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Judge James (Jim) E. Barlow
Born in Winters, TX on Jul. 27, 1928
Died May 18, 2010 and resided in San Antonio, TX.

Visitation: Friday, May 21, 2010
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sunday, May 23, 2010
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary

Senior District Judge James E. Barlow (Jim) entered eternal rest in his home on May 18, 2010, with family members at his side. He was predeceased by his parents, Archie Lee and Bunnie Barlow and by a 19 year-old daughter, Valerie Jean Barlow. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 and ½ years, Virginia, and his devoted daughters, Rebecca (Becky) Barlow Dorsey, and Melissa Barlow Fischer, and son-in-law Richard Fischer. His much loved grandchildren include: Devin and Brenna Dorsey and Josephine and Julia Fischer. Other survivors are his sister, Jean Graham, sister-in-law and husband, Margarette and Russ Wood, several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Jim was born on July 27, 1928, in Winters, Texas, but later moved to Crockett, Texas, where he attended both elementary and middle school. Shortly after the death of his father, he and his mother journeyed to San Antonio during the early years of World War II, where she began work in civil service. Jim was a member of a pioneer East Texas family. Three of his great uncles, all brothers, fought for Texas' independence---one in the first battle of Bexar in 1835, another who fell with Fannin in Goliad, and another who was a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto.

In San Antonio Jim attended Brackenridge High School where he graduated in 1945. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1951 and a law degree from St. Mary's University in 1953. While at Trinity he attended several business classes with fellow student Virginia (Ginger) Hall. He eventually decided that dating might be more interesting than just working on accounting sheets together. They married on December 21, 1951.

Jim served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1948. He was stationed as a guard at the Manhattan Engineers Atomic Bomb project in Los Alamos, New Mexico and was assigned later to A.E.C.

After law school Jim practiced law first in the firm of Adrian Spears and then as a sole practitioner. He served as an assistant district attorney for three years before his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1960 where he worked diligently for one term. Continuing his interest in public service, Jim ran for and was elected to the office of Criminal District Attorney in 1963. His year long campaign had resulted first in the defeat of two Democratic opponents, and then a Republican in the general election. He was re-elected to this position without opposition for a second term.

In 1969 Governor Preston Smith appointed Jim as a Criminal District Judge to the newly created 186th District Court. He was re-elected without opposition five times to this position, retiring from the bench in 1990. However, he did not feel that his working days were over yet and continued in "retirement" as a Senior District Judge for 18 more years, finally giving up the work he had loved, due to health problems. These last years he had held court in about thirteen of the 30 Texas counties in his assigned district.

Foremost among his strengths were his integrity, his honesty, and his fairness in politics, the courtroom, and daily life. Jim possessed a strong faith and had great love for his church, his family and friends, and all aspects of the law. He made friends easily and loved swapping good stories, especially telling them! He was able to appreciate the humor in everyday life and felt that everyone has a special life story to tell.

Jim and Virginia were charter members of St. Mark's United Methodist Church where in early years he had served as a church lay leader, taught Sunday School, and been active in Methodist Men. He served for a number of years as a representative on the Community of Churches Board and had much earlier been part of the Wesley Learning Center Board.

Serving as an adjunct professor, Jim taught at St. Mary's Law School for over twenty years. One of his greatest pleasures, too, was his role as a football official in the Southwest Football Officials' Association, San Antonio Chapter.

After keeping records of cases he had been involved in over decades, he authored a book, Tales of the Southwest Courtroom, which was written for both attorneys and lay people in mind. Jim had always been an avid reader and devoured books on countless subjects. He believed strongly in the value of the Public Library and made use of it regularly. He and Virginia were supporters of the McNay Art Institute, the Trinity University Drama Department and the Lyric Opera Company of San Antonio. They enjoyed dancing and their participation in the Lamplighters over several years. Their lives were enriched also by numerous travels through the years to foreign countries and much of the United States, including two favorites-Colorado and the Texas coast.

In recent years Jim enjoyed his appointment to the Bexar County Historical Commission and this new dimension to his life. And finally, he found great pleasure in the monthly Saturday morning breakfast group he had organized—made up of retired and almost retired attorneys, judges, and court support staff. Any who heard about these gatherings were invited, so the numbers grew.

This man of many talents and interests underwent surgery in 2007 for breast cancer. Again in late 2009 he survived a procedure involving a stent in the small intestine, necessary because of the invasion of a tumor in that organ. Additional cancers in other major organs essentially caused his passing.

The family wishes to thank Pastor Cheryl Owens, Dr. Sharon Wilks, Dr. Michael Centeno, and all his many caregivers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1902 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78213; the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 780067, San Antonio, TX 78278; or the Cody Branch of the San Antonio Public Library, 11441 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78230, or if you wish, the charity of your choice.

Bon Voyage! He will be sorely missed by many.

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