John "Pete" Woodrow Barwick Sr.

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John "Pete" Woodrow Barwick Sr., 73, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015, at his Pell City residence surrounded by loved ones following a brave battle with Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen Steadman Barwick; father, Johnny Howard Barwick; four children, John "Woody" Woodrow Barwick Jr. (Sarah), Richard "Richie" Michelson Barwick (Natalie), Lisa Shai Barwick and Kimberly Barwick Rudelitch (Robert); five grandchildren, Brittany Marie Barwick Richardson (Jeffery), Bradley Mitchell Barwick, Daphni Barwick Brinson, Isaac Hodges and Joshua Hodges and a great-grandchild, Asher Lee Richardson. Of special note, close family friend John "Rusty" Russell Harrington (Liz) was regarded by Pete as a son in heart. He also leaves many beloved close friends. Born August 19, 1941 and raised in Sumter, S.C., he was the son of Elise Outlaw Barwick and Johnny Howard Barwick. He graduated from Edmond High School in 1959. He is preceded in death by his mother, Elise Outlaw Barwick; his brother, Douglas Franklin Barwick Sr. and his sister, Sara Mae Outlaw. With a passion for cars and car racing, Pete spent his youthful years at Sumter Speedway competing in dirt track races. When he wasn't racing, he helped promote Sumter Speedway and flagged races. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he began drag racing. His talent and passion earned him a race sponsorship by Marion Burnside Chrysler Plymouth. His 1970 Plymouth Duster led him to many successful races. His love for cars led to his successful career in the automotive industry, serving in top management positions at dealerships and as a consultant throughout his 50 year career. With an esteemed reputation, he was well regarded in his profession, employed with many high profile car dealers throughout the southeast and Midwest. A very proud father, Pete was grateful for the successful and fulfilling lives of his children and grandchildren. Pete's happiness and pride were apparent when surrounded by his family. He adored his wife, father, children and grandchildren. Known to his grandchildren as "Papa Pete" he felt a deep sense of reward to be honored with that title. He had a distinguishable charm and his vibrant personality was always apparent while on the dance floor, always achieving celebrity status at any function with a dance floor and music. He found peace on the water where he enthusiastically enjoyed deep sea fishing. His competitive nature kept him active in deep sea fishing tournaments throughout the years. He never lost his passion for car racing and on any given Sunday, he was either at or watching a NASCAR race. He was a third degree Master Mason affiliated with the Ben M. Jacobs Lodge #643 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Pell City and Shriner. With his influential spirit, Pete inspired and guided others his entire life knowingly and unknowingly. He cherished his close friendships and always encouraged his children to nurture true friendships, because he knew how important they were in his life. Known by those close to him for his compassion, clever mind, quick wit and down-to-earth approach to living, his memory will forever be in our hearts. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James McElveen officiating. Burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Barwick Jr., Brad Barwick, Rusty Harrington, Robert Rudelitch, Jeffery Richardson and Isaac Hodges. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 14 at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, 1270 Britton Rd. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the , in his name. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 13, 2015
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