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Charles Reed Barrett

September 21, 1921 December 29, 2010
Charles Reed Barrett
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There are many good men, but only a few great men.

Charles Barrett was a great man.

Jesus Christ had his first loyalty, family his second.

As a young man, he fell in love and married a nineteen year-old girl, and nothing was ever the same again. For sixty-six years he wanted more for her than he wanted for himself. He repeatedly told his children how much he loved her and how much he loved them. He was also blessed with a special "best-friend" --- identical twin Chauncey. They lived their lives together. They loved the land, seeing it as a sacred heritage. It connected them to God, to their community, to family and to themselves.

Charles went to be to be with his Lord on December 29, 2010. He and Chauncey were born September 21, 1921, to Charlie and Eva Barrett of Friendship, Oklahoma. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Martha and attended Martha schools, where he played the saxophone in the high school band. He was a graduate of Altus Junior College and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Returning from the war, he married Ferne Caves on October 25, 1944. Blessed with five children, they were members of Martha Baptist Church, where Charles served for many years as treasurer and deacon. In 1983, he and Ferne became members of the First Baptist Church in Altus. Wanting to share their secrets for a happy marriage, they taught a class for young married couples for many years, and Charles served as a deacon. He and Chauncey were Gideons, speaking all over Oklahoma and active in prison ministry. Both shared a passion for personal evangelism.

Known for his slap-on-the-back, good-natured humor, Charles never met a stranger. He and Chauncey farmed together for over 50 years. In 1972, they received the Master of Agronomy Award from Oklahoma State University and were featured on the cover of the Farmer Stockman Magazine in 1974. Charles served on the Board of the National Rural Electric Association for many years. In 2002, he and Chauncey were inducted into the Western State College Hall of Fame.

Charles is survived by wife Ferne Barrett of the home; daughter, Rita Jackson and husband Fred, of Loomis, California; and sons, David Barrett and wife Carolyn of Monument, Colorado; John and wife Martha of Martha, Oklahoma; and daughter-in-law Michelle Barrett of Martha, Oklahoma; grandsons Joseph Barrett and wife Kristina of Altus, Oklahoma; Nick Jackson and wife Stephanie of St. Joseph, Michigan; and Hunter Barrett of Blair, Oklahoma; granddaughters Charlcey Barrett of Blair, Oklahoma, Christine Sloan of Rocklin, California, and Husband Cody; Kimberly Kay Barrett of Pierre, South Dakota; Andrea Dolson and husband Mike of Plano, Texas; Rebekah Miller and husband Tim of Colorado Springs; and Elizabeth Moum and husband Tobias of Colorado Springs; Kimberly Barrett-Johnson and husband David of Charlottlesville, Virginia; and Rachael Hogan and husband Lewis of Arlington, Texas; thirteen great grandchildren --- Adriel, Shannon Kate, Grace and Theo Barrett-Johnson; Joshua, Jacob and Jonathan Hogan; Ashley and Emily Sloan; Benjamin and Hannah Jackson; Jonathan and Joel Barrett. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Barrett, and nieces Betty Barrett and Dana Gant and husband Joe; and many other relatives and friends.

Charles was preceded in death by daughter Becky Barrett, son Gary Barrett and grandson Jonathan Barrett; identical twin Chauncey Barrett, and great-niece Stephanie Montgomery.

Charles enjoyed life to its fullest, but he didn't cling to it. He stepped willingly, excitedly into eternity.

His legacy will last forever.

The family will receive guests at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home from 4:00 until 6:00 pm Sunday afternoon. They suggest that Memorials can be made in Charles Barrett's name to the Gideon International.

Funeral Services have been scheduled for 10:00 am, Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Altus. Interment will follow in the Blair Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.

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