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 Woodrowe C. Barber

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Woodrowe C. Barber

  • Birth 27 Jun 1920 Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 9 Jun 2007 Ponca City, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 74389526

Woodrowe Barber passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2007 doing what he loved to do, he was fishing with Jim at Kaw Lake. They and the Masonic Lodge brothers were planning to provide the fillets for the annual Masonic fish fry fundraiser.
Woodrowe was delivered by his grandmother, Clara Barber, at their house on Horse Creek at Pie Flat on June 27, 1920. His parents were Claud and Edythe Barber. He often commented that he spent his golden years about five miles from where he was born. Despite having remained close to home, Woodrowe had many adventures in his nearly 87 years. He served in the Air Corps in World War II. He met Opal Snow while stationed in Amarillo, Texas. Opal and Woodrowe were married on August 25, 1943, on the base in Amarillo. The young couple and their daughter, Beverly returned to his beloved Oklahoma Hills in 1945 to begin a long, successful career in farming and ranching. He ranched South of the Canadian River, North of the Canadian River, and in De Beque, Colorado. Woodrowe and Opal raised a family of seven children, all of whom respect their parents for the work ethic, morals and love for each other that was instilled in them. Woodrowe was saved and baptized in June of 1953. He was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church. The couple made a decision early in life to have a large family. They were blessed with four girls and three boys: Beverly Turley, Mary Lou Habekott, Tom Barber, Jim Barber, Blaine Barber, Terry Keith, and Dana Golden. Tom, Jim, and Mary Lou remain in Oklahoma; Beverly and Dana live in New Mexico; Terry is in Alaska and Blaine is stationed in the Middle East. Woodrowe and Opal semi-retired in 1982. They spent time in South Texas and traveled to visit family and friends. One of the highlights of their life was for their children, grandchildren and other family to gather at their home. These gatherings were frequent, large, and full fun! The family grew to include 21 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Opal passed away in 1994. Although a phase of his life had ended, Woodrowe's enthusiasm for life did not dim. He spent more time in South Texas where he built a home and cultivated his friendships with other "Winter Texans". Over time, he developed a relationship with Minnie Biggler and her family. Minnie became a vital part of Woodrowe's life. The children loved the way she made him giggle and kept him active. Woodrowe's quest for knowledge and adventure never ebbed. He indulged his interests in geneaology. The resulting correspondence brought newly found relatives and friendships. He compiled this detailed information and published Barbours to Barbers around 2000. The book was a history of the Barber lineage. Woodrowe also embraced modern technology and at one time, proposed DNA testing to establish a link between him and another Barber line in New England. Fishing trips took him to Canada and Alaska, as well as to Oklahoma lakes and local ponds. He always had time to wet a hook or catch grasshoppers so he could go fish with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His last spring was a perfect spring. He returned from South Texas to the Red Hills on the banks of the South Canadian River the grass was green and the cows and calves were fat. He was mounted on a paint horse for the Old Settlers Reunion in Cheyenne; many of his family returned home for that weekend; he assumed the cattle feeding responsibilities, he picked up a shovel to help Mary Lou with her remodeling project; and rain continued to fall. He, Jim, Tom, Ty and Taylor worked on building cattle pens on the Slack place. He not only got to plan and boss, but he went down several mornings on his own to drill holes to secure the top rail. Woodrowe was cleaning a big turtle at Kaw Lake when he felt pain in his chest, Death was kind to Woodrowe as it was quick and relatively pain free. He said so often: "The Lord has blessed me with a life of love, good health, and the best family possible"; One of the grandson's said, "We would be ready to call it a night, and Grandpa would still be dancing!" Many, many friends, family and other relatives will miss his smile, his quick wit, and his love of life. He was admired by his Grand and Great Grandchildren, he was a true father to his children, he was a loving husband and companion. He got to live his life just the way he wanted to.

Bio by: Debbie Lee Long


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  • Maintained by: Karen Harman
  • Originally Created by: Susan B.
  • Added: 3 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74389526
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Woodrowe C. Barber (27 Jun 1920–9 Jun 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74389526, citing Pie Flat Cemetery, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Karen Harman (contributor 47690157) .