Claire Barlow

April 17, 1939August 20, 2019

Claire Barlow, 80, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Visitation will be held at Morrison Heights Baptist Church on Thursday, August 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and on Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 AM with funeral services to follow. Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park.

She was born on April 17, 1939, in Amory, MS. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School. Claire attended Blue Mountain College and Mississippi College, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. The majority of her teaching career was at Oak Forest Elementary School in Jackson, MS, where she inspired many young lives.

Claire became a Christian while a member of First Baptist Church, Aberdeen. She was an active member of Pocahontas Baptist Church where she served as church pianist. Later, she was very active in Morrison Heights Baptist Church, where she encouraged others through the Prayer Ministry and by sending greeting cards. Missions were very important to her. She served in many short-term mission opportunities, including both local and foreign missions. She served in Romania, Honduras, Philippines, Turkey, and Kenya. Claire is preceded in death by her parents, Gerdner and Fannie Mae Pinnix Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, John and brother, David G. Taylor (Kathryn) of Lafayette, Louisiana, as well as many nieces, nephews, and special friends who will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Morrison Heights Baptist Church Missions, 3000 Hampstead Blvd, Clinton, MS 39056; or the “John and Claire Barlow Scholarship” at Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.

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  • Nicholas Looney
  • Josh Collins
  • Caleb Collins
  • Brian Barlow
  • Chris Barlow
  • Wayne Wilkinson


  • Visitation Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 23, 2019


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Jim Jackson

August 22, 2019

Helen Claire was a beloved classmate of mine through high school
We dated after high school
But I never felt like I was good enough for her
She was that kind of person
A kind word or kind deed for every one, every where
I was always so thankful that she found John and that they had each other these many years
Having recently lost my wife of fifty three years, my heart and prayers go with John
If there is anyone in heaven, it is Helen Claire

Dawn Barlow

August 22, 2019

Our Aunt Claire will be dearly missed. We can't express how much she meant to us over the years. She always brought joy to those around her. Claire loved her nieces and nephews and enjoyed hearing stories of their childhoods. At family gatherings her laugh lit up the room. We will always love her.
Brian, Dawn, and Sarah Barlow

julian perry

August 22, 2019

God has one of his angels with him now. I was so blessed that he let
me spend some time with Claire. I am so blessed. It was a pure joy to be with her. My day was better just because I saw her. My time spent with her was a great gift. All I can say is that God must love
me a lot to have shared Claire with me. I am a better person for spending time with Claire. Julian

Becky Sides

August 21, 2019

Claire has been friends with us for a long time,seemed as family. A happy person each time you saw her.
She was so dedicated to God's kingdom,spreading his word and helping others.
Praying for John and each family member.