Dr. Benjamin Childs Barrow, 85, went to Heaven Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013. He passed away at his home in Athens, surrounded by his beloved wife of 63 years, Emily, two of his daughters, and several other family members.
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Dr. Barrow was born May 25, 1928 at Athens General Hospital. He was the son of David Frances Barrow, a math professor at the University of Georgia, and Mary Augusta Arnold Barrow. He was the grandson of David Crenshaw Barrow, chancellor of the UGA and for whom Barrow County was named.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Crenshaw Barrow, and two sisters, Frances Barrow Hoge and Mary Barrow Hoge.
He is survived by his wife, Emily Aderholt Barrow; four daughters, Nancy Barrow Davidson (Danny) of Athens, Betty Barrow McCanless (Andy) of Canton, Emily Barrow Salley (Hayes) of Monroe, and Audrey Barrow Watson (Rob) of Griffin; eight grandchildren, Benjamin Parrott (Amber), Andrew McCanless, Jr. (Suzanne), David McCanless (Shannon), Michael McCanless, Audrey Salley, Matthew Salley, Emily Watson and Robert Watson, III; three step-grandchildren, Paul Davidson, Jennifer Davidson, and Jessica Tatum, and several great-grandchildren.
He received his bachelor of science in zoology from the University of Georgia 1951 and an ROTC commission. From 1953 to 1955 he attended graduate school at UGA. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia, graduating in June 1958. He did an internship at Macon Hospital in 1958-59 and a general practice residence at Macon Hospital from 1959-60. He then practiced in Monticello, Ga for 13 years from 1960 to 1974.
He married the love of his life, Emily Louise Aderholt on August 18, 1950 at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Ga.
Dr. Barrow served in the Air Force between his freshman and sophomore years of college in 1946. He spent most of his time in Japan. He was called to active duty in the Army in 1951 and served for two years in Texas, Kentucky and Alaska.
He had many hobbies, including painting, carpentry and farming, but he especially loved sailing and was proud of his first-place victory over 82 yachts in the prestigious Lite Carolina Regatta which he won on his birthday in 1980!
Dr. Barrow is remembered by many friends and patients for his beautiful singing voice. He was known for singing while walking down the hall in his practice in Monticello and Athens. Many patients have said "how could you feel too bad, even though you were sick, when you heard your doctor singing in such a beautiful voice." His family was blessed to sing with him in church choirs and on many other occasions. They may not have felt this way when awakened early mornings on a school day in Monticello by his singing over the intercom system that he had installed in each of the children's bedrooms, but they felt blessed nonetheless. He served as choir director at the Monticello Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir at the Athens First Presbyterian Church, Athens Choral Society and the Classic Singers.
He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Athens where the family were members.
His affiliations included the Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Fellow American Academy of Family Practice, 1987; American Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, AAFP, Crawford W. Long Medical Society. He served as honorary staff at St. Mary's Hospital of Athens and Athens Regional Medical Center and former president of the medical staff at both hospitals. While in Monticello, he served as Chairman of the Jasper Memorial Hospital Medical Staff and Jasper County Board of Health. He was the county physician for Jasper County and the clinician in the Health Department pre-natal, well baby and family planning clinics. In 2001 he was honored in Athens for his 20 years of community service by the American Heart Association.
Memorial services for Dr. Barrow will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 28th at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens. The family will hold a visitation at Bernstein's Funeral Home on Atlanta Highway on Friday December 27 from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens in memory of Dr. Ben Barrow.
On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Dec. 28, 2013
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