Earl D. Barlow, Past Grand Master passes away

Earl Douglas Barlow, PGM passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Alice Barlow; and children Patty (Glenn) Kingery, Joyce (Carl) Sigler, Sherry Barlow Dail, Allison Barlow, Edward (Monna) Brennan, Darlene (Billy) Dempster, Lorraine (Chris) Ellington, Paul Brennan, Peter Brennan, Michael (Terretta) Brennan, Martin (Holly) Brennan, Andrew Brennan, Joseph (Delores) Brennan, brother Stanley Barlow; and many grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years Bobbye Marie Seamans Barlow; his father and mother, Burton and Hazel Barlow; his brother, Edward Barlow; and sisters, Evelyn Hammock and Edna Redman.

He retired at the rank of CMSgt. after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years and later retired from Civil Service at Keesler AFB. Earl was the Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi F. &A.M., Presiding Official of all Grand York Rite Bodies, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past Potentate of Joppa Shrine Temple, Past Department Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA, the recipient of local and national awards for distinguished service to Masonry and a charter member, member, and past presiding officer of numerous appendant Masonic orders.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 274 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held in the funeral home lobby following the service.

A graveside service with full military and Masonic honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Biloxi National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.