|Madison County Obituaries...||
June 7, 2000
Ronnie D. Allen
Brenda W. Gunter
Mary F. Maddox
|Judge James Barrow
Judge James Barrow, 82, of Athens, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000.
Judge Barrow was a distinguished jurist and respected legal scholar, a decorated veteran of World War II and a devoted husband and father, family members said. He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens.
Mr. Barrow was born in Athens in 1917, the son of the late James and Clara Elizabeth Barrow of Clarke County. He was descended from the Barrow, Lumpkin, Pope and Church families which have been prominent in this part of Georgia throughout its history, family said.
Barrow attended public schools in Athens and graduated from the University of Georgia during the Great Depression, earning his AB in 1937 and LLB in 1939. At the same time, he managed the farm that had been in his family for six generations, a responsibility he inherited at age 17 upon his father's death.
Before America's entry into World War II, Barrow enlisted in the Army as a private and was honorably discharged in April of 1946 with the rank of captain. He participated in five campaigns in the European Theater of Operations in a tank destroyer battalion attached to the First U.S. Infantry Division, and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals for gallantry in action against German forces.
Upon his return to private practice after the war, Barrow also taught law at the University of Georgia Law School from 1946 until he took office as Superior Court Judge in 1963. In addition, Barrow was elected City Attorney for the City of Athens, an office he held from 1950 until his election as Superior Court Judge.
As City Attorney, Barrow served as de facto superintendent of public safety in the wake of public disturbances attending the desegregation of the University of Georgia, and he was instrumental in averting the violence that attended the desegregation of other southern universities. During the public school desegregation crisis, Judge and Mrs. Barrow served as co-chairs of H.O.P.E ("Help Our Public Education"), which successfully opposed efforts to close the public schools rather than submit to federal court orders to desegregate.
Barrow was a founder and first president of the Athens Legal Aid Society in 1961. Before the Supreme Court required the states to do so, the Society was organized to provide counsel to persons who had the right to a lawyer but could not afford to hire one.
Barrow was elected Superior Court Judge of the Western Judicial Circuit in 1962 and was thereafter re-elected without opposition until his retirement in 1990, when he was appointed by the governor to serve as Senior Judge of the Superior Courts. He continued to serve on a full-time basis through 1995.
Barrow began his service as a judge at a time when the country was on the verge of sweeping changes in the law's treatment of the civil rights of minorities and the criminal rights of those charged with crimes. He was not a reluctant player in the struggle to make the law respond to the felt necessities of the times. Instead, he embraced changes in the law that he thought were long overdue. In many cases, he made decisions that the appellate courts adopted, significantly affecting Georgia law.
Judge Barrow continued to serve as a role model in the civil rights movement, charging grand juries to comply with new federal laws guaranteeing civil rights that many local officials throughout the South were urging people to disobey. During the investigation of the murder of U.S. Army Col. Lemuel Penn by the Ku Klux Klan (the "murder at Broad River Bridge"), Judge Barrow was virtually alone among local public officials in offering the assistance of his office to federal officials investigating the outrage.
Barrow's service on the bench was recognized by the Georgia State Bar in 1992 with the Tradition of Excellence Award, its highest honor for judicial service.
Mr. Barrow was preceded in death by a grandson, Clute Barrow Nelson, Athens.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 2, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jon Appleton officiating. Pallbearers were Chief Judge Joseph Gaines, Judge Kent Lawrence, Judge Susan Tate, Harry Gordon, Jack Lumpkin, Charles Holcomb, Jim Hudson, Denny Galis, Milner Ball and Billy Bryant. Honorary pallbearers were the Board of Directors of the Southern Mutual Insurance Company.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Jenkins Barrow; children and spouses, Judge Mike and Ruth Barrow Bracewell, Madison, Jim and Sallyanne Crawford Barrow, Stephens, and Don and Phyllis Barrow Nelson, Tom and Kathy Harvey Barrow, John and Victoria Pentlarge Barrow and Hal and Church Barrow Crow, all of Athens; one brother, Tom Barrow, Killeen, Texas; and nine grandchildren, Jim and Sam Barrow, Stephens, and Parker, Eleanor and Michael Crow, Steven Barrow, Arthur Nelson and James and Ruth Barrow, all of Athens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Clute Barrow Nelson Life Foundation, 320 Milledge Heights, Athens, GA 30606. The foundation was formed in memory of his grandson to provide financial help to families of children with cancer.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 7, 2000
Roy J. Floyd
Roy Junior Floyd, 64, of Danielsville, died Sunday, May 11, 2000.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mr. Floyd was a son of the late Roy Malone and Mary Francine Martin Floyd.
He retired from Holsom Bakery in Athens and was later employed at Dixie Leisure, Comer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Floyd; daughter, Pamela D. Floyd, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Luther D. and Margie Floyd, Bon Aqua, Tenn.; three sisters, Mary Scarborough and Lucille Phillips, both of Danielsville, and Betty Biles, Dillsburg, Pa.; two brothers, William Floyd, Harrisburg, Pa., and Larry "Buddy" Floyd, Commerce; and three grandchildren, Roger Strickland, Danielsville, Rocky Strickland, Colbert, and Robbie Strickland, Bon Aqua, Tenn.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 7, 2000
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