In Loving Memory of
George Michael "Mike" Barbee
Graveside services for George Michael "Mike" Barbee, age 71, of Paris, Texas are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016 in the Evergreen Cemetery Pavilion in Paris with Rev. Ed Dodd officiating. Services are under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale, Texas. Mike died Thursday, March 3, 2016 in a Paris hospital. He was born on January 16, 1945 in Paris, Texas to the late E.E. "Sonny" and Katheryne "Katie" Lucille (Patrick) Barbee. He was a Paris High School graduate in 1963 and attended Paris Junior College and East Texas State University. Mike married Sarah Louise Osborne on June 28, 1974. He served in the Texas National Guard and the Army Reserves and was a volunteer member of the Paris Fire Department Auxiliary. Mike retired from Superior Switch Board and was a longtime member of Kiwanis Club of Paris. Mike was very involved in Paris Kiwanis Soccer Association and a huge supporter of PJC Dragon Basketball. He was a member of the East Texas Historical Fire Society, Lamar County Historical Society, Lamar County Genealogy Society and First United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Pat Barbee; a very special aunt Helen Barbee; beloved mother-in-law Loys Scott Osborne and sisters-in-law, Hazel Sparks and Betty Ayers.
Mike is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sarah Louise Osborne Barbee of Paris; 4 children, Christopher Scott Barbee of California, Matthew Reid Barbee of Paris, Michelle Barbee Johnson and husband, Mark Allen, Jr. of Paris, Michael Hull Barbee and wife Sandy of Paris; 2 grandchildren, James Allen Johnson and Nada Renee Barbee, both of Paris; sister-in-law, LeAnn Starnes Barbee of Paris; nieces and nephews, Erin Elizabeth Barbee of Addison, Ethan Patrick Barbee and wife, Caroline of Raleigh, North Carolina and Caitlin Rae Barbee of Paris, Stephen Louis Sparks and wife, Karon of Paris, Craig Lee Sparks of Paris, Stacy Chick and husband Bill of Princeton, New Jersey, Melissa Tyson and husband, Russell of Alabama, and Kim Hoffman of Georgia. Cousins B. Hull Barbee, Jr. and wife, Delisa, Linda Kirk and husband, Kenneth and Katie Ann Halwes and husband, Dennis, also Jimmy Crouch and wife Marty; and numerous extended family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Chiles, John Fuston, Marcus L. Roden, Bob Burns, B. Hull Barbee, Jr., Larry Carney, Kenneth Kirk, Stephen Sparks and Jerry Thrasher.
The Barbee family will receive friends prior to the graveside service Monday from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Evergreen Cemetery Pavilion.
If memorials are desired the family would like to suggest a few of Mikeâ€™s favorites. The Lamar County Historical Society, the Lamar County Genealogy Society, the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial, the Faught Volunteer Fire Department, the Reno Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department or any volunteer fire department.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses who cared for Mike during his illness.
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