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Ronald "Ronnie" Barlow '82 August 30, 2021 11:54 AM updated: August 30, 2021 12:05 PM

Ronald Earl Barlow
August 2, 1960 - August 25, 2021

Ronald Earl Barlow, 61, of Pineland, Texas passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.

Ronald was born in Jasper, Texas on August 2, 1960 to Wendall Barlow and Doris Powell Barlow. He was a lifetime resident of Pineland, Texas, a place that he loved and devoted a major part of his life to the town and it's residents.

He was a graduate of West Sabine High School, where he later served as an agriculture teacher for five years, served as elementary principal for three years and as high school principal for two years. After graduating high school, he attended his beloved Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education in 1983. There he was a resident of both Law and Whitley Halls and was a member of the Residence Hall Association, he was also a member of the Collegiate FFA. In 1992, he earned his Master's Degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

In addition to serving at West Sabine ISD, he also was principal at Joaquin ISD and Ag Teacher for Dayton ISD and Latexo ISD. He was a member of numerous community committees and activities such as West Sabine School Board, Sabine County Historical Commission, Sabine County Livestock Show, Pineland Service Club, and Pineland Day Steering Committee, to name a few.

He was also awarded with many, many awards and recognition over the years for his service to his community. He ended his service to Sabine County serving as County Extension Agent where he helped many and was building on the 4H program for the young people in this area.

Ronald was also worked for many years in the Oil and Gas Industry area of construction.

On Ronald's personal side, he was a very laid back man that was a friend to many, not to mention a loving husband and father. He enjoyed organizing events, all things historical, learning new things, and writing tributes for those he knew best. He was a collector of sports memorabilia and things concerning Pineland, enough so that he could probably have filled a museum.

He was a big fan of his grandchildren and enjoyed taking them on adventures. And of course, he was a Die Hard Aggie.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Carolyn Barlow of Pineland; his mother, Doris Barlow; son, Matthew Joel Barlow '10 and wife, Katheryn '10, of Fort Worth; stepsons, Nick Estes and wife, Ashley, of Martinsville, Michael Estes and wife, Molly, of San Augustine, and Wade Wheeless of Cushing; step daughter, Katie Holland and husband, Matthew, of Cushing; brothers, Michael Henry Barlow of Bronson and Randall Barlow of Sutton-on-Hill, England; sister, Pam Abdallh and husband, Yousef, of Silsbee; and eleven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wendall Barlow.

A visitation of family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr Street, Hemphill, Texas.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021 at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pineland under the direction of Starr Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Wright officiating.

Burial will follow services in Bethel Chapel Cemetery in Pineland with Jamie Powell, Doug Welch, Matt Barlow, Michael Barlow, Mike Pate, Jason Collins, Daryl Melton, and Ken Kilcrease serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Benny Jacks, Yousef Abdallh and Keith Franks.

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