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Died Nov. 28, 2005

KINSTON -- The Rev. Elbert Barrow, 81, of 3420 Dobbs Farm Road, died Monday at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the son of the late Lillian Barrow Wade and John Barrow. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and was a prisoner of war for 10 months during World War II.

He attended Southern Pilgrim College in Kernersville and had been in the ministry for 47 years. He was licensed by the Bible Methodist of Tennessee and had served as pastor of churches in Newport News and Hampton, Va., and in Thomasville, Kinston and Graham, and was an evangelist for 18 years. He founded True Gospel Chapel and retired as its pastor in 2001, due to declining health.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruby Grace Hill Barrow of the home; daughters, Barbara Gail Elsey of Lowry City, Mo., and Rebecca Ann Hartley of Leetonia, Ohio; brothers, James Barrow and Bill Barrow of LaGrange, Earl Barrow of Winnabeau and Ray Barrow of Warsaw; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Howard-Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Parker and the Rev. George Gee officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at the funeral home.

Published in Obituaries on December 1, 2005 2:00 PM