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David "Shorty" Barr, died at his home in Vincent, Texas, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Funeral services will be at Vincent Baptist Church Monday, March 11, 2013, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Walter McCall, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Vincent Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
David Wyndell Barr was born to Maurene Tate and Leslie W. Barr in Snyder, Texas, Feb. 26, 1940. David lived in Vincent all his life, where he farmed and ranched in Howard and Borden counties. He graduated from Coahoma High School and attended Howard College before going to Texas Tech. David quit college in 1962 and came home to farm because his father was sick and unable to finish the crop.
He married his wife of 49 years, Patricia Lilly, June 15, 1963. David expanded his farming and ranching operation and in 1984 was named the Howard County Soil Conservation Farmer/Rancher of the year. Then in 2000, David "Shorty" Barr was named the Ag Producer of the Year. David was a Howard County commissioner for 12 years, representing Precinct 4. He also served on the Coahoma School Board, Vincent Cooperative Gin Board, Big Spring Cooperative Gin Board and the Wes-Tex Telephone Board of Directors.
When he was in high school and college, Shorty participated in rodeo. After college, he continued his involvement in rodeo as a rough stock judge. He judged the American Junior Rodeo Association Finals three consecutive years and the Howard County Junior Rodeo many times.
For many years, Shorty managed a Vincent men's fast pitch softball team. When his son Dutch started playing Little League, Shorty began a 10-year-long involvement coaching boys' baseball. He constructed pitching mounds in his yard so young men would have a place to learn and practice pitching.
Shorty Barr will best be remembered for his love of stock shows. He raised show steers and heifers that were successful in livestock shows around the state. He was active in the Howard County Junior Livestock Association. In January 2010, during the livestock show sale, Shorty was recognized for his 33 years of participating as the sale "ring man." He will be remembered for his quick wit, and as the official joke teller as well as for his many acts of generosity. He was a lot of fun, a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son, Dutch W. Barr of Lubbock; a daughter, Lindy White and her husband David of Abilene; and two granddaughters, Machelle Barr of Abilene and Charlotte White of Abilene. He is also survived by his brother, Col. (Ret.) Grady W. Barr of Tyler; and a sister, Nelda Thomas of San Antonio.
David was a member and deacon of Vincent Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vincent Cemetery in care of Sherry Hodnett, 1545 South FM 1611, Snyder, Texas 79549.
Pallbearers will be Dois Ray, Rodney Brooks, Marty Brooks, Steve Wolf, Lane Griffin, Keith Brockman, Billy Clyde Roberson and Vic Nartz.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com