Helen Maddox Barlow

Tue, 05/27/2008 - 4:27pm
By: The Citizen

Helen Maddox Barlow, 83, Riverdale, formerly of Fayetteville, died May 14, 2008. She was born May 3, 1925 in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Daniel and Eddie Mae Kraft Maddox, brothers, Herman and John, and a granddaughter, Hasina. She was a high school track star and an accomplished vocalist who was offered a profession singing contract but chose family over fortune. Her husband was in the United States Air Force and she and their five children located to Alaska in 1961. She was interested in literature and read poetry and sang to the children at night before they went to bed. Her hobbies included latch hooking, gardening, reading, cross-word puzzles and watching basketball on TV. She worked for the State of Alaska in the Division of Elections and the Fairbanks branch of the NAACP saluted her as a Pioneer of Fairbanks for her commitment and dedicated services. Memorial services were at Olivet Baptist Church, Fayetteville, and at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Anchorage. Survivors include her husband, Charlie R. Barlow, her high school sweetheart whom she married in 1943; children, Carol and Douglas Smith, Charles and Jette Krum-Moeller Barlow, Janies and Carroll Barlow-Alexander, the Rev. Gerald "Jukabiea" and Melissa Barlow, and Pastor Donald and Theresa Barlow; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Nathaniel Maddox and C. J. Maddox. Memorial donations may be given to the African American Diabetes Research Association. Cremation Society of the South at Eagle's Landing was in charge.

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