Dateline: April 19, 2007
Hardy Barrow, 88, of Big Spring, died on Thursday, April 12,
2007, in a local hospital.
Memorial services were
held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2007 at the First United Methodist
Church with Rev. Augustine Ypina, Hispanic Minister, officiating.
Sam Hardy Barrow was born
in Sweetwater to A. B. and Mary Hardy Barrow. He was raised in Northwest
Texas and lived with his mother and grandfather, G. S. Hardy, a Methodist
minister. He graduated from Clarendon High School when he was 17 and was
appointed to West Point by test scores and the recommendation of his U.S.
Upon graduation in the
Class of 1941, Sam was posted to Puerto Rico. After that assignment, he
went to U. S. Army Infantry School. Sam commanded the 34th Division in
combat at the end of World War II. In 1956, he was the Senior KMAC Advisor
to the General officers of the 3rd and 9th Korean divisions.
Sam also served tours in
ROTC staffs at the University of Virginia, as USCONARC at Edgeworth
Arsenal and Fort Sam Houston. Sam retired in 1969. Sam was awarded the
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge,
American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Occupation
Medal, Amercan Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf
Cluster, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Legion of
Merit, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Cross di Guerra
(Italy), National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and Cross
for War Merit. He earned a Master’s Degree from William & Mary
Sam then moved to
Rockport. Sam married Mary D’olif in 1958 and had three children, George
Michael, Mary Karen and Sam Dennis.
that marriage ended in divorce, Sam married Ruth Causey and had two sons,
William Warren and Charles Christopher. He has eight grandchildren.
After Ruth’s death, Sam
married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy “Pete” Powell. The couple
moved to Big Spring where they lived until his death. “This marriage was
the highlight of my life”, Sam was quoted. “We participated as
volunteers in community activities and civic causes. We enjoyed our
children and grandchildren and lived our lives as lovers and best
Arrangements were under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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