Lawrence Gray Barbee
January 26, 1952 – June 18, 2020
Lawrence "Larry" Gray Barbee, 68, of Houston, Texas, passed away on June 18, 2020, at home.
A native and proud Houstonian, Lawrence was born on January 26, 1952. He graduated from Lee High School in 1970. Lawrence attended Central Texas College in Killeen. He went on to earn a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas, where he met his devoted wife of 45 years, Ann Lenore Todaro, in Philosophy class. He worked as a court clerk for several Harris County District Courts, and in the real estate and insurance industries. Lawrence enjoyed dancing with Ann, playing chess, listening to music, singing, and playing the guitar. He had a deep and lifelong love of animals, especially his trusty dachshund, Hubert. Lawrence’s greatest joy was raising his daughters.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. Barbee and Frances Ward Harper. He is survived by his wife, Ann Lenore Barbee; daughters Bernadette Ann Barbee and Jo Ann Lucia Cresap; son-in-law Patrick Edward Cresap; granddaughters Madeleine Ann Cresap and Rosalie Michelle Cresap; his nephew Ward Richardson of Greenville, South Carolina and wife April Richardson, and their sons Brian and Liam. Lawrence is also survived by his sisters Cecilia Barbee and Celestial Barbee.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on June 24, 2020, at 10 o’clock in the morning at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas 77025. Pallbearers are Mitch Fangman, Eric Kirkpatrick, and Christopher Roberts. Honorary pallbearers are Vincent Filippone, Reverend Jim Hamilton, Captain Roy Jordan, Ret., Gregory Lucia, Joseph Lucia, Jr., Tommy Padgett, and Ward Richardson. A private Rite of Committal for the family will be held at Glenwood Cemetery.
AN IRISH FUNERAL PRAYER
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Lawrence Gray Barbee
June 24, 2020
Ann and Larry have always been such wonderful friends. Ever since high school with Ann, we always had such a fun time together. then when she married Larry, they both were such great fun, always seeing the best no matter what life had to offer. Larry was encouraging to my family and was especially close to my son, Chris, whom he knew well and loved dearly. I think they saw in each other a special sensitiveness and bond. At each stage of Chris's life, they were there, encouraging and celebrating. Cub scouts, on to Eagle Scouts, UH College of Space Architecture, and on to law school, birthdays at our home, NASA design job, Air Force contractor design jobs and lastly, his marriage and birth of his son, Benjamin. Thank you so much, Larry, for your unfailing love and great advice and encouragement through the years!!
June 23, 2020
Dear Ann and Bernadette and Jo Ann,
May perpetual light shine upon his soul. We are so lucky to have had y'all in our lives and we are so sorry and offer out condolences.
From my own experience of losing my father, I can offer you the same prayers and hopes and love that I cherish about my own father.
It was such an honor to be chosen as an honorary pall bearer. I am saddened that these tough times have made it more difficult to enjoy the fellowship we generally do around these times, but that is the hand we have been dealt.
This is a tough time and, as family, we are here to help your aid you in any way. Love always,
The Padgett Family.
June 22, 2020
I m so sorry that we can't be at Larry s funeral I am taking care of my grandchildren while Theresa works. Please know that all of you are in our prayers. When all of this passes
over I would like to swing by and pick you up and meet up with Jan. Even though we can't be there in person you will be in my prayers dear sweet friend. Love Kathy Warner
June 21, 2020
Dearest Ann. Ben and I were so very sad to hear about Larry s passing. We have such wonderful fond memories of fun times with you and Larry His friendship was a blessing we will always treasure. We know he will forever be standing right there with you and the girls that he loved so very much. Our prayers are with you.
Much love Ben and Kathy Warner
June 21, 2020
Dearest Family. We know this will be a difficult time for all of you but, we pray that the prayers from all of us will shower you with special graces to get through these difficult moments! Larry’s infectious smile will be your reminder that he is eternally present in your lives! God bless all of you, Deb and Greg Lucia.