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Barbara Southern

May 17, 1942 — February 8, 2022

Longview, Texas

Barbara Marie Southern, 79, of Longview, Texas died in her sleep on February 9, 2022. Barbara loved reading, gardening, and helping others. She was a housewife devoted to her friends and family.

Born in Odessa, TX, on May 5, 1942, Mrs. Southern graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1960. She went to Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. At Texas Tech, she met her husband Thomas Martin Southern.

Mrs. Southern is survived by two children: John Wesley Southern and Michellea Lea Southern-David; her granddaughter Mickaylea “Kiki” David; her brother and sister-in-law, Tryon, and Trudy Lewis; her nieces, Eleanor “Ryan” and Annie Lewis; and her nephews Cody and Wes Smith.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Erma Lea Beauchamp Lewis, and father, Tryon “Bud” E Lewis; one sister, Betsy Lewis Smith, and brother-in-law, Wesley Smith II.

The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Stockton, Texas, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11am. Flowers can be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Oklahoma St. Fort Stockton, TX 79735. A viewing will be held, Friday, February 18 at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Stockton, Texas between 7-9pm.

Memorials may be made to any one of the following charities: First Presbyterian Church of Fort Stockton, Texas; Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E Tyler St, Longview, Texas, 75601; or the Texas Shakespeare Festival, 815 Houston St, Kilgore, Texas, 75662.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 18, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Heritage Funeral Home of The Big Bend

301 N Main St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church (Fort Stockton, Texas)


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