Mr. Ray Ervin Barlowe, 61, of Morganton, departed this earth, Thursday, January 19, 2012. Born September 6, 1950, in McDowell County, he was a son of the late Omer Barlowe and Edna Baucom Barlowe. Mr. Barlowe retired as a Major from the Morganton Public Safety Department after 30 years service. He was a member of the Kiwanis's Club of Morganton and the NC Police Executive Association. Mr. Barlowe graduated from Western Piedmont Community College, as well as the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and received a B.S. degree from Garner Webb University.
Mr. Barlowe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Sherry Shirley Ward Barlowe, of the home;
A daughter, Cindy Barlowe Crews & husband, Eddie, of Garner, NC
A granddaughter, Samantha Crews, of Garner;
And two brothers, Bob Benfield and Don Jamison, both of Nebo.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Mr. Barlowe's Life will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, January 27, 2012, in the Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, with Mr. Bob Benfield providing the Eulogy. The family will receive friends from Noon until 2:00 PM prior to the services at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a special memorial fund has been prepared at the State Employees Credit Union in Mr. Barlowe's memory. The account number is "61024950" and memorials may be made at any State Employees Credit Union location.