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Paul Barbe

TEMPLE  Funeral for Paul Barbe, 83, Walters and Temple, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Temple with the Rev. Kevin Simpson officiating.

Mr. Barbe departed this life in Temple on Thursday, July 5, 2018, on his 83rd birthday.

Burial will be in Walters Cemetery under direction of Hart-Wyat Funeral Home.

Paul Lavern Barbe was born July 5, 1935, in the Emerson Community west of Walters to Roy and Obie Valene Elliott Barbe. Paul grew up in the Emerson Community and attended Pecan Grove School. He then attended school in Kansas and at the JD McCarty Center in Norman for a time before his parents brought him back to the farm. There they continued to teach him life skills that sustained him through these many years along with his faithful Lord as he had accepted Christ at the age of 13 while attending Emerson Baptist Church.

Paul and his parents moved to town in 1962 shortly before the death of his father. In the late 1960s Paul's brother-in-law, Edwin Kraemer, helped get him started as a door to door AMWAY salesman in Walters. He was proud of his 30-plus-year career with the company. Paul was also proud of 30-plus years of perfect attendance to Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Walters before having some health issues around the year 2000. In 2001 he retired and made his home at Parkview Manor Nursing home in Walters but continued to worship faithfully at FBC. In 2009 Paul moved to Temple Manor Nursing Home and soon joined FBC Temple where he worshiped until his health declined just recently. 

Paul loved his many years as an usher at FBC Walters and loved reading his Bible and Sunday School lesson and daily devotions from Open Window and In Touch Magazine. As a kid Paul enjoyed growing up on West Cache, riding horses such as King and others, spending time with Ranger, his dog, and he also loved Pencie Ruth's dog Janko. He was an avid OU fan, he enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives, and enjoyed playing dominos, checkers, wahoo and bingo. 

Survivors include his brother, Jerry Barbe of Temple; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, his church family, his nursing home family and many friends. 

He was preceded by his father, Roy, in 1962; his mother, Obie, in 1996; and six brothers and sisters: Pearl Taylor, Georgie Kraemer, Margaret Copeland, Leroy Barbe, Pencie Ruth Brookshier and Worley Barbe.

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Memorial donations may be made to the JD McCarty Center (memo - In memory of Paul Barbe) 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071.

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