Bobby Frank Barrow

Bobby Frank Barrow

Death 17 Apr 2008 (aged 77)
Burial Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 26168946 · View Source
Suggest Edits

During the early morning of April 17, 2008, Bob Barrow, age 77, passed away at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.

Bob was born Aug. 9, 1930, to Henry Franklin Barrow and Girtherl Elizabeth Barrow in Mayodan, N.C.

Bob loved life and believed nothing was more important than family and friends. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy Carol Barrow; son, William Frank Barrow; daughters, Ginger Lee Dahlquist, Barbie Carol Barrow, Bobi Gail Barrow, Brenda Lynn Bernt; son-in-law, Kent Lee Dahlquist, Andreas Bernt; grandchildren, Erika Dahlquist, Robin Dahlquist, Bobby Dahlquist, Brandy Bernt, Nikolaus Bernt, Trista Barrow; sister-in-law, Polly Higgins; brother-in-law, Jimmy Clapp, Jerry Higgins; niece, Abby Higgins; and nephew, Donald Higgins.

In addition, Bob loved everyone he ever met, especially firefighters and members of the military. He always found the time to stop and talk to anyone and never met a stranger he didn't like. Bob has so many friends and best friends throughout the United States and around the world, too numerous to mention here, but know that he thought about you up and until the end of his life and he is still looking over us now.

Bob grew up in Severn, Md., where he first became a volunteer firefighter and fell in love with the fire service. He became a civilian firefighter with the U.S. Army at Fort George G. Meade, Md., in 1950. In November 1951, Bob joined the United States Air Force and completed basic training at Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y., in January 1952. He participated in the Korean War Campaign at K-10 with the 75th Air Wing. Bob remained in the USAF Reserves after the Korean War and was promoted to warrant officer junior grade as a crash rescue officer in 1958.

"Mister" Barrow was stationed at Andrews AFB, Kelly AFB, Pope AFB, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall AFB. He was an active participant in the Cold War, Berlin Crisis, Cuban Crisis, Grenada Crisis and Operation Desert Storm.

As a civilian firefighter, Bob was the fire chief at Fort Lee, Va.; Pope AFB, N.C.; and Eglin AFB, Fla., before retiring as fire chief of Eglin AFB (1984) and as the last chief warrant officer-4 in the Air Force (1992).

Bob touched the lives and careers of many public servants and laypersons, and remained active after retirement. In 2002, he assumed the duties as editor of the Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs' Quarterly Network Newsletter.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV); past president of the North Carolina Fire Service Instructors Association, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; and the Eglin-Hurlburt Firefighters' Group.

Flower arrangements are accepted at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the DAV or the American National Kidney Foundation.

A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A second visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Walton Beach.

The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel with Bishop Robert Moriarty presiding and interment will be in the Beal Memorial Cemetery, immediately following the services.

Pall bearers will be members of the surrounding area Firefighters' Honor Guard and members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

You may express condolences at
(Northwest Florida Daily News April 21, 2008)

Family Members



CWO4 US Air Force Korea

Gravesite Details Section - Hope

Sponsored by Ancestry



  • Created by: Michelle Woodham
  • Added: 20 Apr 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 26168946
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bobby Frank Barrow (9 Aug 1930–17 Apr 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 26168946, citing Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Michelle Woodham (contributor 46636907) .