Rev. Vernie Barrow Jr.

March 4, 1931November 8, 2020

Rev. Vernie Barrow Jr. passed away November 8, 2020 in Newport News, VA. A Marine true to his country, a Pastor true to his faith and a man who left an impression on everyone he met.

He was born on March 4, 1931 in Hagerstown, Maryland son of the late Vernie Barrow Sr. and Louise Barrow. He was proceeded in death by the loves of his life, wives Betty Jean and Barbara.

Vernie joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served for 20 years retiring as a Master Sergeant having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a BS in Business Administration from George Washington University. Vernie served faithfully as a United Methodist Minister in the Virginia Conference ministering Churches in Fluvanna County, Amherst, Lynchburg and Staunton.

He is survived by his children; Alan Barrow (Libby), Victor Barrow, Lenore Whitehead (Bob), Judy McMullen (Bob), Janice Regan, and Jenifer Loker; a sister Kathryn Crabtree as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Vernie was born in the mountains that he loved and will return to them at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2020, with a graveside service at Amherst Cemetery in Amherst, VA.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.


  • Vernie Barrow, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Louise M Barrow, Mother (deceased)
  • Betty Jean Barrow, 1st Wife (deceased)
  • Barbara B Barrow, Wife (deceased)
  • Alan Barrow (Libby), Son
  • Victor Barrow, Son
  • Lenore Whitehead (Bob), Daughter
  • Judy McMullen (Bob), Daughter
  • Janice Regan, Daughter
  • Jenifer Loker, Daughter
  • Kathryn Crabtree, Sister
  • He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Sean Horn

November 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Barrow family. As a child in Fluvanna, Pastor Barrow left such an impression that all of my life I have told many a fond story of my pastor, with no other pastor holding the same spot. I am sure there are endless stories of how he touched lives and there couldn’t be a better legacy. He is missed but never forgotten.

Rev George Gorman

November 13, 2020

Dear family and friends, please accept my deep condolences at the death of Vernie. I am currently the pastor for Palmyra United Methodist Church and Haden Chapel UMC and I have heard many wonderful things about Rev Barrow. He obviously had a very successful and meaningful ministry here. What a great legacy he left in his organization and founding of the Christmas celebration for the community callled "Happy Face." and the huge impact he continues to make because he had the courage and energy to found the FCSS, Fluvanna Christian Service Society, which continues to have a very positive impact on the community, some 43 years after he finished his pastorate here. We have a wonderful community food pantry because of Vernie. Financial assistance is given many in need because of Vernie. I honor him as I stand where he stood so many years ago, in the great tradition of United Methodist Ministers. Just the fact that he served from 1969 to 1977 in days when pastors were generally moved after several years, speaks volumes of him. I know all of you miss him and will continue to do so but it appears there are so many positive memories to lift up. Palmyra UMC remains a very strong presence in the community and that saint named Rev Vernie Barrow, was instrumental in helping create a firm foundation. God bless all of you. George Gorman, Pastor

Harry Kennon

November 13, 2020

I met Vernie in 1982 when he was serving Amherst UMC. Like him, I was a second career pastor. Vernie mentored a small group of us "newbies" as we transitioned into full time ministry. His good humor and down home practicality were invaluable. I remember one particular piece of advice he offered me: "Harry," he said. "Just remember you're not Jesus Christ. You've heard it said that it's better to burn out than to rust out. But there's another option. You could stroke out." I always tried to heed that advice. Thank you, Vernie. Save a place for me.

Heidi Lang

November 13, 2020

My mother, Elfriede, and I got to know Vernie when she moved into Valley View Retirement Community a number of years ago. She often sat in the dining room at the table with Vernie and others. He was such a kind and caring gentleman and was always very sweet to her and to others. My mom was very sad when he moved away although she knew he would enjoy being closer to family. My mother passed away in 2019; my condolences go to your whole family. He was a very special person and he will be missed.

Linda Collins

November 11, 2020

When Vernie and Betty came to Chestnut Hill UMC, we had heard how dear they were to their previous church in Amherst. We soon knew why. (There is still a Sunday School class named for Betty at Chestnut Hill.)

Vernie christened our daughter in 1987, and we will always remember that. He was a wonderful, caring minister and Sunday School teacher to our Young Adult class. I still remember his lesson on tithing.

One Christmas, Vernie and Barbara gave each child a Macy's Christmas bear during the Children's Time of the worship service. Our daughter still has hers.

We were lucky to have been ministered to by Vernie and his family. May God continue to bless and comfort each of them.

Linda & Glenn Collins

Mary Anne Blazek

November 11, 2020

To Alan, Vic, and Lenore: I shared Vernie's obituary in the Richmond newspaper this morning with my six siblings. We are deeply sorry to hear of his passing and for your loss. Our parents are also gone, but the remaining Blazek children fondly remember your family as great neighbors in Woodbridge. Vernie and Betty were fun, compassionate, caring, calm, and always stepped in to help out our large family. As one sister recalls, your dad "was a really good guy." Belated thanks for many memorable times enjoying your family's company (especially play times, Saturday Night at the Movies, Betty's entertaining us on the piano). With our sincerest condolences -- Mary Anne, Joe, Beth, Mary Lou, Ed Jr., Chris, and Tom Blazek

Tap Pace

November 11, 2020

Rev. Barrow married my wife and me,was a friend,our Pastor,easy to talk with,about anything. Was without a doubt,the example of Salt and Light in the world. Humble, humorous,Filled with the Spirit !!!

He and his family Blessed my life, and I am a better man because of his influence,Leadership,and the Message he always shared with all of us.

His Servant,

Tap Pace


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