BATON ROUGE, La. – Robert C. ""Bob"" Barrett died peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 16, 2013, at the age of 87. He was a native of Saltillo and a resident of Baton Rouge, La. The Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Father Donald Blanchard and Father Mike Collins officiated. Burial will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetery in Saltillo at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Graveside services will be officiated by Father Lincoln Dall. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home.
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Bob is survived by a daughter, Patricia ""Patty"" Barrett Mahoney Kellum (Ronnie) of Mandeville, La., and four sons, Robert C. ""Buddy"" Barrett Jr. (Coletta), Joseph Allen Barrett of Saltillo, Timothy Andrew Barrett (Stacey) of Prairieville, La., and Raymond Elliot ""Skipper"" Barrett of Donaldsonville, La. His five grandchildren affectionately named him ""Paw."" He leaves behind to cherish his memories his grandchildren, Marla ""Molly"" Mahoney Harrison (Blain), Robert S. ""Bobby"" Mahoney II, Jessica Marie Barrett Perret (Alex), Mark Daniel Mahoney (Stacey) and Lauren Elizabeth Barrett as well as seven great-grandchildren. Surviving sisters are Virginia Barrett Bishop of Saltillo and Sr. Regina Barrett, OSB, of Cullman, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond T. and Rose Allen Barrett of Saltillo; and siblings, Edmond S. Barrett, Francis S. Barrett, Joseph A. Barrett, Rosemary Barrett Larkin and James L. Barrett. Paw was blessed to have been loved by two phenomenal women, the mother of his children, Patsy Joan Porter Barrett, and Louise Lanell Baker Barrett both of whom preceded him in death.
He served his country in World War II on the Battleship USS New York. He graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Junior College where he played on the championship basketball teams of 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 and was inducted into the Co-Lin Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from Delta State College where he met and married his first wife, Patsy. He achieved a Masters of Education and his +30 at Louisiana State University. A career educator and coach, he spent more than 25 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System at Woodlawn High School as head track coach and assistant coach for basketball and football. He was Woodlawn's assistant basketball coach when the team captured its first Class A state championship title in 1965. Later, Bob would serve as an Administrator at Rosenwald Adult Education Center. After retirement, he focused his energy on family and fishing. Ten years ago, he was blessed to meet and marry yet another beautiful woman, Lanell.
Together they traveled and experienced many of the places that he had dreamed of visiting. Some of his greatest joys in life were time spent with family and his Thursday night poker club.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 10455.
He was an avid LSU and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Ala., at www.shmon.org or American Heart Association, www.donate.heart.org.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2013