Barry O. Barnard

October 29, 1944March 8, 2014

Barry Owen Barnard, of Missouri City, Texas passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Sugar Land, Texas, at the age of 69 years.

Barry was born to Robert and Hazel Barnard on October 29, 1944, in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a 1963 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and enlisted and served in the Army until 1968. Upon his return to Port Arthur, he attended Lamar University. Barry later moved to Houston to work for Texas Instruments, and later owned the Sears store in Eagle Lake. In 1976 he returned to Houston and worked for Union Carbide/Praxair until his retirement in 1996.

While on vacation in Hawaii in 1976, he met a beautiful young lady named Virginia Carrell, and they were married on August 28, 1976. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Amanda Carrell Barnard on Barry's birthday, October 29, 1981. Barry always said Mandi was the best birthday present he ever received.

Barry loved time with family and friends and never met a stranger. As a teen and young man, he enjoyed water skiing with his friends in Port Arthur and at Lake Somerville. Barry also loved cars and was especially proud of his first new car, a 1962 red Impala that he had saved his money for by working various jobs for family friends. He loved traveling and in recent years enjoyed trips to Lake Charles where he made many friends.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Rob; his father and mother-in-law, Cliff and Mattie Carrell; and brother-in-law, Lynn Jones.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; and beautiful daughter, Amanda. In addition he is survived by sister, Susan Barnard Courville and her children Clay Courville and wife Jessica, and Caroline Courville Burkhalter and husband Jason; and sister-in-law, Betty Sue Jones. His great nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly are Emily and Isaac Courville, Brooke and Allison Burkhalter, Ethan, Tessa, and Rylan Jones. His constant companions have been Nena and Polly, his two rescue dogs whom he totally spoiled.

A Memorial Service is to be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in The Resurrection Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barry’s name may be made to First United Church of Missouri City, 1220 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas, or the Houston Humane Society, 14700 Almeda, Houston, Texas.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 15, 2014

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Cheryl Parker Urbanovsky

June 26, 2014

Virginia and Mandi,
Barry was a good friend of my family while living in Wharton many years ago. I remember him fondly. My family met him on the CB Radio and formed an instant friendship. Barry spent many evening visiting our home. I remember that he was so full of life and had the most infectious laugh. I was about 12 or 13 yrs old when I remember him taking me for a spin around our town in his white Corvette. I thought it was the coolest! I recently moved back to Wharton after many years away. I often thought of him fondly as I drove past the trailer park where he once lived off of Richmond Road. Unfortunately, my curiousness in trying to reconnect has found me here at this website. I must say, I'm quite shocked and saddened that so much time lapsed since last seeing him. Please know that my prayers are with you and I know you will reunite one day in Heaven. Until then, hold his memories dear.
Cheryl (Parker) Urbanovsky

Ted Daytz

May 26, 2014

I was friends with Barry in the Army at Fort Leonard Wood,while taking combat engineer training in 1963. Barry was a friendly person with a people type personality. RIP

March 19, 2014

Virginia and Amanda, our love is with you and our prayers are too. We have many wonderful memories of Barry. God speed to you. Love The Loup Family

AnnJeannette Jordan

March 15, 2014

Virginia & Amanda, I am with you in spirit due to the loss of Barry. Cry if you must, but do know that there is hope in Christ Jesus. Remember his Life, Love and Legacy he shared with you both while in this life.

Hector Torres

March 15, 2014

Virginia-It's with a heavy heart that I write this note.I am so sad to here of Barry's passing.I had just recently talked to him and we had made plans for lunch when I returned to visit.We kept in touch through the years and had some great conversations. He was a real card and always had something funny to share. I will truly miss him and am so sorry for your loss. I think he is probably in a better place now.God bless you and Amanda-you were the center of his universe.

Carolyn Courville

March 15, 2014

Virginia and Amanda, Our family has many good memories of spending holidays and special days with you all. We are praying for God to comfort you in these difficult days.

Raquel Pruneda

March 14, 2014

Virgina and Mandi we are so sorry for your loss. We have great memories with all of you. Our first trip to Vegas was with you and Barry. We have never forgotten the good time we had. God bless you and we will keep you in our prayers. Alex and Raquel Pruneda

LaKeisha Hughes

March 14, 2014

Virginia, I pray in agreement that the family, loved ones and all concerned are comforted by the peace of God and the Holy Spirit minister to all of their needs emotionally and spiritually.

March 14, 2014

Virginia, Barry was a very good friend and classmate of mine at TJ high school in Port Arthur and Terrell Elementary. We had a lot of fun and live just a few blocks from each other in Griffin Park. Barry live across the street from Terrell and he always laugh about being so close to school. All of our classmates of '63 will miss Barry and may God Bless is soul. He is in a much better place now with all of his friends and family who will greet him at heavens door.......Pete Lippincott

Rick & Peggy Parsons

March 13, 2014

We are saddened to learn of Barry's death and want you to know that we are as close as next door to help you in this difficult time. Please take strength in knowing that Barry is in a better place and no longer is in pain.
May he rest in the Peace of Christ forever.