Mary Lee Barr Cox

August 31, 1922March 13, 2012

Mary Lee Waskow Barr–Cox went to be with the Lord March 13, 2012. She was born August 31, 1922 in rural east Bell County to Frank and Mary Waskow. Mary Lee’s heritage could be rivaled by few. She was a Waskow: a distinction envied by many but matched by few. Mary Lee was one of eight Waskow children: Paul, August, George, Bertha, John, Selma, and Henry. Mary Lee revered her younger brother and war hero, Capt. Henry T. Waskow, a legend in this area. The loss of Henry was a heartbreak for the Waskow family but a true example of servant leadership. Selma, Mary Lee’s older sister, was her companion living out her life at the Rosewood and shared in many occasions recognizing Henry. Selma is Mary Lee’s only surviving sibling.

After graduating from Belton High School, Mary Lee began her career with the original Bell telephone company. She continued to serve as a loyal employee for the Mid-Texas telephone company for many years until her retirement. Mary Lee was a life member of both the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the 36th Infantry Division, past chairman of the United Way drive, member of the Killeen Historical Society and the Modern Study Club, awarded as Citizen of the Year of the Sons of the American Revolution, member of the Killeen and Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, member of the Telephone Legends, and an honorary member of both the Killeen Rotary Club and the Central Texas Home Builders Association. Mary Lee had a servant’s heart which shown through her long time service to and membership of the First Baptist Church of Killeen. Mary Lee was very proud of each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Mary Lee was married to T. H. Barr Sr. and shared in their love and joy of their four beloved sons. The stories of their boys’ up-bringing was a part of endless conversations about the past. She is survived by her sister Selma Barr; Son T. H., Jr. and wife Ann and their two sons, Trey and Blake and his wife Sarah and children Oliver and Katherine Elizabeth; Son, David and wife Mary. David was step-dad to Bill and wife Lea Anne; Tom and wife Leslie and their son Carter; and Mary Anne and husband Peter and their son Pierson; Son Jim and his wife Peggy and their daughter Autumn; Son Kim and wife Kelly and daughters Lenna and Jessica and son Travis with whom Mary Lee shared a special relationship with as she shared their home for four years. She is also survived by sister-in-law Billie Hall and husband Norman, and numerous nieces and nephews. In her later years, Mary Lee found companionship and love again with her second husband, P. R. Cox, who preceded her in death.

The world lost a woman of great strength and love. She set the bar very high in our family. She overcame so much in her life and did it with grace and poise. After losing T.H. in 1966, she raised four boys to adulthood as a single working mother, which speaks volumes to her virtue and strength. Her love for service to her community and her coworkers shines down through generations following her leadership. She has inspired many with her Christian life. She is with her savior today. Mary Lee will be missed.

Love, family, friendship, Faith, and service exemplify the life of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grand mother, Sister, Aunt and friend. We will love her forever and cherish her legacy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Killeen- Building Fund or the Rotary Foundation.


  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Annette Lucksinger

April 12, 2012

We have recently returned from a month-long trip and just learned of Mary Lee's death. We appreciate Mary Lee's friendship toward us as we "newcomers" learned about Bell County and Killeen. I am especially grateful for her patience and assistance in helping me write about her brother, Captain Henry Waskow, for the Bell County Historical Commission newsletter, as well as her help with numerous other projects.
We shall miss her!

Hazel M Daniels

March 20, 2012

Our Prayer Are With Family, Be Bless

You'll Had A Beautiful Mother. Think on
The Good Things, The Laughter and good
Things, She Did.

Judy Stubblefield Tyler

March 19, 2012

I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Barr. She was such a beautiful christian lady and I feel privileged to have known her. TH, David, Jim, and Kim, cherish your wonderful memories of your Mom and thank God that he gave Mary Lee Barr to be your Mother.

Jimmy & Alecia Clark

March 17, 2012

David & family,
Your mom brought light to every life she touched. She was our friend and we will miss her. You have our sympathy.

Brenda Coley

March 16, 2012

Mary Lee will be missed. However, she has left a legacy of strength, strong character and kindeness. She is/was a true testament of strength - derived from challenges. No matter what the challenges were, she always managed to keep smiling. I have been blessed by knowing her.

March 16, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

She may not be with you in life, but you will always have her in your heart.

Deepest Sympathy

Nick & Rhonda Wells

Courtnie Bagley

March 16, 2012

Our Deepest Sympathy - Courtnie Bagley, Belton New Tech High @ Waskow

Cherie Bostick

March 15, 2012

There are so many memories of my childhood that include Mary Lee. She was a treasured friend of my mother and our family. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Patsy Webb

March 15, 2012

Mary Lee was always a delight to visit with. Her love for Jesus and her example of testimony spoke volumns to those who knew and loved her. She will be missed by all of her friends at the Telephone Legends meetings. Patsy L. (Reding) Webb

March 15, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you knowing that sweet memories of your mother will forever live in your hearts. With love, Mark & Debbie Himsel