Grace T Barlow

Passed away on April 14, 2011

Grace Taylor Barlow, passed away April 14, 2011, at a local nursing home. She was born in Cecil, Arkansas, to Aubrey and Minnie Lee McGee Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Hudson Barlow, son Charles Aubrey Barlow, and nine siblings. Ms. Barlow graduated, from Charleston, Arkansas High School and the University of Arkansas. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ sorority. She retired in 1995, after teaching 54 years, primarily in the Van Buren Public School System. She taught senior English classes and served as chair of the English department, at van Buren High School. The high school scholastic library was dedicated, in her honor, and she was inducted into the Van Buren High School Hall of Honor, in 2003. Additionally, she served many years as class sponsor and senior class play sponsor. She assisted the state, by serving, on numerous North Central Accreditation Evaluation committees. She was a long time member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, in Fort Smith. She is survived her son, Curtis Barlow and wife Cecelia, of La Quinta, California; Granddaughter and husband, Alicia and Don Grantham, of New Albany, Ohio, grandson and wife, Christopher and Joanne Barlow, of Indio, California, and two great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Meehan Barlow, of Charleston, West Virginia, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 pm, on Monday, April 18th, 2011, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, with The Reverend Jeffrey Champlin officiating. Interment will follow at Lowes Creek Cemetery, near Charleston, under the direction of Fentress Mortuary. Visitaion will be, between the hours of 4pm and 6pm, on Sunday, April 17th, 2011, at Fentress Mortuary. Pallbearers will be, Paul Gant, Phillip Smith, Bud Harper, Joe T. Lee, David Taylor and John Rotert. In lieu of flowers, one may send memorials, to the American Heart Association, 92 W. Sunbridge Dr, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 or St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 2701 Old Greenwood Rd, Fort Smith Arkansas, 72903. Online tributes at


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 18, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Hill Alexander

April 20, 2011

Just a few years ago I had the privilege of sitting down and talking to Mrs. Barlow and thanking her for teaching English that might seem somewhat difficult to us at the time but was extremely beneficial to most of us. Grace Barlow had a great influence on us with our English skills and discipline. She was a tremendous teacher,the kind you don't forget easily.

Edie Wiley

April 20, 2011

Curtis and Family... I am very sorry for your loss. I was Chuck's girlfriend in the late 70s and always thought so much of Grace. I am truly sorry that I lost track of her; the last time I saw her was when she was moving out of the house. We had a lovely visit and I will always remember her strength, dignity, and yes- grace. She was a role model for me.

Billy Richmond

April 19, 2011

Who could forget "the Gaels, the Britons, and the Belgae"! Thanks to a revered lady who gave each of us the foundation to be competetive in any English class that any collge could throw at you. Truly one of a kind! Billy and Karen Richmond "Class of 76"

Kathy Poague Davies

April 18, 2011

Mrs. Barlow was a teacher I respected, even when I hated diagraming sentences. They don't make them like her anymore. When I told her I had become a teacher, well let's just say she seemed perplexed. Lol may god bless her and her family.

Brad Neidecker

April 18, 2011

I did not plan to go into education when I left VBHS in 77, but I did. Mrs. Barlow was one of the best teachers I ever had and she was as good as any I have ever known. (I almost ended this sentence with a preposition; that would not have pleased her.) She touched thousands. She was respected by all. I will remember her with fondness.

Joyce Patton

April 18, 2011

After graduating from VBHS in 1959, I put so much of what you taught me to good use in college, work and life. I will always be grateful for that. Rest in peace, Mrs. Barlow

George Holmes

April 18, 2011

If I were forced to choose only one VBHS teacher whose influence helped me in post high school academic and professional life, it would be Grace Barlow. While she never lowered the bar in order to get students over it, she seemed to find a way to get us to get ourselves over it on our own. A gifted teacher and caring person. Thank you.

Debbie Griffin

April 18, 2011

When looking back on your school career there are always those teachers that stand out in your mind. Mrs. Barlow was once such individual. Her love of education shown through her instruction. She instilled in each student the belief that they could accomplish the task set before them. My mother is also a former student and we have often discussed memories of Mrs. Barlow. She will be missed, but her love of education lives on in the countless number of individuals who have followed in her footsteps to become educators. I am proud to say that I am one such individual. Thank you Mrs. Barlow for providing us an example to follow. May God comfort your family during this time.

Karen & Kimmy Nash

April 18, 2011

Mrs. Barlow always expected the best from us...and that made us realize just how much we could do. She was a great, great teacher (not nearly as tough as her reputation!) that we will always remember. With an appreciative heart, our deepest sympathy. Karen (Hopkins) Nash, VBHS class 1980 and Kimmy Nash, VBHS class 1976.

Harry Williams

April 18, 2011

Mrs. Barlow, you were a great teacher. I will really miss you!!!
Harry Williams VBHS "84