W. Lowry Barfield Jr, 90, passed away on May 10, 2018. He was born on November 23, 1927, the son of Walter Lowry Barfield Sr. and Annie (Davis) Barfield in Jackson, Mississippi. After high school he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps at age 17 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He went on to graduate from Mississippi State University in 1951 and from the South Texas College of Law in 1956. Lowry moved to Houston in 1952 and started his career with Kirby Petroleum, where he worked in the accounting department while attending law school at night. In 1963 he began working for the Gordon Jewelry Corporation in Houston where he spent the majority of his career. At Gordon’s he had the unique distinction of serving, concurrently, as the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. He also served as an Executive Vice-President, Corporate Secretary and member of the Board of Directors. He was actively engaged in the Houston business community during these years and was proud to be both a licensed CPA and a member of the Texas Bar. In addition to the passion he had for his work, he adored his wife of 51 years, Jane “Queenie” Barfield and his family. He and Jane were involved in many significant philanthropic campaigns in Houston and took great pride and pleasure giving back to the Houston community. He loved spending time at his L-Bar-J ranch in Alto, Texas with his constant companions, his dogs Willy, and later Red. He also remained active as an alumnus with his college fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega. And, Lowry could be found almost any day of the week running his favorite 6-mile loop in the early morning shadows of downtown on Buffalo Bayou. In 1984 he joined with the Desert Rats running group that celebrated the 1984 Olympics by running from Houston to Los Angeles. At 57, he was the oldest member of the group. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane, in 2011. He is survived by his sister Virginia Perkins and her husband Don, daughters, Nancy Bauer and her husband Tim, Kandie Cook, and son, Lowry and his wife Jo-Ann, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston Tx, 77024, on Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Lowry’s name to the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation which provides scholarships for the children of fallen or injured Marines at https://my.mcsf.org/donate Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the familiy.
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