Conner Garett Barbee

June 29, 2008October 18, 2013

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Conner Garett Barbee, beloved son, brother, grandson, great-grandson, nephew, cousin and friend was received into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ on October 18th, 2013, forever relieved from all troubles and sorrow. Conner was born June 29, 2008 to Michael S. Barbee and Kara Smith Barbee in Abilene, Texas.

Conner had a gift for changing the lives of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. With an ear to ear smile and soft coo’s, it was impossible to be near him and not share in his joy. He joined us in this life as a miracle and left as a miracle. From birth it was known that Conner’s time on earth would be short, but faith, love, and strength allowed him to live longer than anyone had imagined. Conner united a family in a way that is unexplainable and through him they gained a greater understanding of God’s glory.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Kara Barbee of Hawley, Texas; sister, Claire Barbee of Hawley; paternal grandparents, Randy and Margarett Barbee of Hawley; great-grandmother, Mary Carter of Hawley; maternal grandparents, Courtney and Karen Pennington of Haslet, Texas; great-grandparents, Larry and Gayle Choate of Hamlin, Texas; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Hawley Church of Christ with Darrell Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Central Cemetery in Hawley, Texas, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene, Texas 79601. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Childrens Medical Center, 1900 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas 79601.

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  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Randy Workman

October 8, 2014

Michael & Kara,
Sorry for the loss of your son. I can't even imagine the pain you guys must have felt. My prayers go out to you two and your families.

Misty Bussell

October 25, 2013

God bless you all.
Misty Bussell

Paige Rutledge

October 23, 2013

Prayers and much love to all of you. I am so very sorry.

Misty Mills

October 23, 2013

Praying for your family during this difficult time. I enjoyed the year I got to work with Conner.


October 22, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the promise from our heavenly Father to never have to be sick again; for Issiah 33:24 says – “And no resident will say: "I am sick””. May the God of all comfort give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


October 21, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you. Annabelle and Amanda Toney

Jana Campbell

October 21, 2013

Your family are in my prayers that God will comfort you all in this time of sorrow.

DeAnna Walker-Brown

October 21, 2013

Conner was born the day after the loss of my mother-in-law. I was so touched by his birth and the miracle that was him. I called him the big kahuna and i remember is grandmother Margarett telling me how he would sind and she would sing back. He was the wonderful gift from God even though for such a short time. I love all of you and am here for you.

Angie Arrington-Hight

October 21, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Brian and Nancy Rogers

October 21, 2013

Remembering with you here a life that was so dear. May friends comfort you, Faith uphold you, and loving memories heal your heart. With heartfelt sympathy.