Barbara Gale Whitlow

September 12, 1946July 22, 2018

Barbara Gale Whitlow, 71, of East Peoria, Illinois passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at her home. Born September 12, 1946 in Lewisburg, Tennessee to Leighmon and Annie (Adams) Johnson; she married Matthew Whitlow on April 19, 2002 in Peoria, IL. He survives. Also surviving are her children, Kim Barnewolt (John Wilton), Dena Parks of Georgia, David (Cheryl) Parks, Jr, Jay (Lisa) Parks of South Dakota, and Davey (Justine) Parks of Colorado; sisters, Terry Gibson of Havana and Kathy Brown; brother, Gerald “Buzz” Brown; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Kelly Parks and brother Michael Brown. Barbara was most recently a clerk in the Creve Coeur Water Department and previously worked at Super Liquors and Regions Bank. Family was most important to Barbara and she loved family gatherings. She enjoyed caring for her plants and flowers. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Robert L. DeBolt will officiate. Burial will follow in Fondulac Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family.


  • Leighmon Johnson, Father
  • Annie (Adams) Johnson, Mother
  • Matthew Whitlow, Husband
  • Kelly Parks, Daughter
  • Kim Barnewolt (John Wilton), Daughter
  • Dena Parks, Daughter
  • David (Cheryl) Parks, Jr., Son
  • Jay (Lisa) Parks, Son
  • Davey (Justine) Parks, Son
  • Terry Gibson, Sister
  • Kathy Brown, Sister
  • Gerald "Buzz" Brown, Brother
  • Michael Brown, Brother
  • Barbara is survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Kelly Parks and brother Michael Brown.

  • David Parks Jr. (son)
  • Jay Parks (son)
  • Randy Turner Jr. (grandson)
  • John Wilton
  • Cole Smith
  • Daniel Jones

  • to her family


  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 26, 2018

Barbara Gale Whitlow

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Tiffany Lyons

August 2, 2018

Grandma I miss you so much. You have no idea how much I wish I could come see you. Hug you. Talk to you. I just wish I could hug you. Gosh I’d give anything. 💔

Ron Talbot

July 28, 2018

Sorry for your loss; I know Barb will be missed. As a village trustee and a resident I will miss seeing her smiling face in the water department. Prayers ...

Ronald Barnewolt

July 27, 2018




July 24, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear of Barb's passing. We spent a lot of time together over the past 8-1/2 years while working for the water dept. I will miss her dearly & will forever cherish our friendship. She always talked about her family, and I know she loved you all very much. My heart goes out to all of you.

Angela Martin

July 24, 2018

There were many memories over the years...the adults playing Rook while all the kids tormented each other, the holiday get togethers, the RC cola, and her piercing my ears with a needle and a potato. It doesn't seem so long ago. I will cherish these memories. My heart is heavy for my cousins and their families. May God grant them peace in their sorrow, comfort in their grief, and sweet memories to hold them over until they meet again. Hugs and love to all of you.

Todd Parks

July 23, 2018

Rest In Peace Aunt Gale.