Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL


Barry Garlow Cody

February 25, 1947February 14, 2013

Barry Garlow Cody, 65, died Thursday, February 14th, 2013 in a plane crash. He was returning from the Bahamas with brother Kit Cody and friend Rob Krieger when the plane crashed between Sebastian and Bartow in Indian River County, Florida near the Fort Drum Conservation Area. Barry was born on February 25, 1947 in Cody, Wyoming. He eventually moved with his family to Winter Haven, FL. He ran track at Winter Haven High School and was awarded an athletic scholarship upon graduation in 1965 to attend Arkansas State University. At ASU he received a BS in Education in 1972. He later received a Master Degree from Webster University in St. Louis.

Barry was married to Catherine Keith in 1972 and had two children, Kyle and Paul. They lived in Poplar Bluff, MO where he taught physical education and coached track, cross country, and swimming at Poplar Bluff High School. Barry retired from teaching in 1999 but continued to coach sports until 2003. Barry was an exemplary coach with a winning record. He was dedicated to his athletes and students both on and off the field. Many youth considered him a role model while he treated his athletes like his children. Barry was also a former youth director at the First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff. Barry was an avid outdoorsman enjoying downhill skiing, white water rafting, fishing, golfing, tennis, swimming, and boating. He loved traveling to Wyoming and sharing his passion for the west with his friends and family. In 1967 Barry and Kit founded Shoshone River float, the first ever “You Paddle” raft trip and the largest volume white water experience of the time.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and William J., and his brother John “Jack” Garlow. He is survived by sons Kyle (Jill) and Paul Cody, brother William Garlow, grandchildren Trevor, Judah, Samuel, and Nika, nieces, nephews, and many friends and students.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013 at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven, Florida in conjunction with brother Kit Cody.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to an athletic scholarship fund that has been set up at Poplar Bluff High School.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 22, 2013


Barry Garlow Cody

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Ross MacDonald

July 19, 2013

Coach Cody was a mentor and true inspiration for me in high school. His words of encouragement and sincere enthusiasm still fresh in my memory. Rest in peace to the greatest coach a young athlete ever had.

Kevin Cody

April 1, 2013

To watch the Photo Memorial Video of Barry Cody and his brother Kit that was played during their service in Winter Haven, FL., please copy & paste this link into your web browser: http://youtu.be/Zi6KeP6kO6g Posted by Kevin Cody (nephew of Barry). I love and miss you very much Uncle Barry. I look forward to seeing you and my father in Heaven when that time comes.

Becky Hansmann

March 2, 2013

Coach Cody understood it wasn't necessarily about "sports". It was about living.. striving.. and believing that one could achieve beyond his or her expectations. I have thought of him often over the years and feel lucky to have known him.

Geraine Willoughby

February 23, 2013

Coach Cody, helped me to discover my love of running. I ran track and cross country under his leadership. He was a truly wonderful and caring coach & role model. I am now an avid adult runner and I thank him for my introduction to running. He will be missed, Blessings to the entire Cody Family.

February 22, 2013

coach Cody had a great impact on the
loves of our children. Our heartfelt sympathy to the family.
The DiCiro family

Tom and Sonja Keith

February 21, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry and Kit's family and friends.
We will hold tight to the many fond memories of our time spent with Barry "at the river" and in Wyoming.
We love you, Uncle Barry.
- Tom, Sonja, James, Emily, Laura and Joe Keith

Dora & Deno Scherzer

February 21, 2013

Dear Barry, through all the ups & downs, Deno &I have seen you through, we will miss you greatly. Deno will think of you every time he goes fishing and miss you. And I will miss picking on you, you made it too easy. But at least now you have stoped smoking, I don't believe God lets you light up in Heaven.

Johnny Taylor

February 21, 2013

I ran Cross Country for Coach Cody. My sincere condolences. RIP Coach

Sarah Dunlap (Davis)

February 21, 2013

I ran track and cross country for coach Cody. He was a great man. He treated all of us like his kids. He bought me running shoes when I couldn't afford them. He took me to tryout for college so that I could get a scholarship. He is greatly missed. Love you coach. Hope to see you in heaven one day.

Michael Dobbs

February 20, 2013

Coach Cody was a great mentor and loved his sense of fun! The times I shared with him as one of his runners will always be cherished! He gave is opportunity to put forth effort and compete! He taught us the value in hard work and the joy of winning! He truly will be missed but forever engrained in my memories! Thanks coach for making me a winner in sports and life! May your family reflect on the best memories in life and celebrate his life! Give family the strength to endure such a difficult time in life the loss of a father and brother.