James Doyle Barlow traded a home in Texas for a reward in Heaven Aug. 9, 2019 at the age of 57. Doyle, a resident of Baytown, passed away at Houston Methodist in Katy from complications after suffering a heart attack.
Doyle was born Feb. 1, 1962, the oldest son of Barbara Ann and James Benjamin Barlow. He grew up in Oklahoma and graduated high school with a degree from Bowlegs. He took particular pride in being from a small town with a unique name.
After graduation, Doyle dove headfirst into finding his niche in life. It might have been worthy of a novel. During his life, he was a diver, a newspaper sports editor and managing editor and a mud engineer in the oil patch.
Of those professions, Doyle loved the money made in the oil field but gained the most job satisfaction from working at newspapers. A love of sports growing up translated into his writing. He pecked at the keyboard, using two fingers to knock award-winning pieces. His sense of humor and personality were also fixtures in his work. Doyle Barlow columns gravitated toward the humorous side of life through his eyes. Not many people can bring home a plaque writing about hemorrhoid cream.
Described by a former coworker as a ‘Soldier of Fun,’ Doyle didn’t take himself or life too seriously. He put the fan in fanatic when it came to sports. Doyle could talk sports for hours and loved watching games. His disposition tended to lean on his favorite teams Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Doyle’s heart was in Oklahoma but loved living in Texas. He made friends with the same effort it takes most people to walk and breathe at the same time. Doyle had a huge heart and people gravitated toward him. He considered himself a renaissance redneck in a town of blue-collar workers, which he identified with. Baytown was home and he was genuinely sorry it took him so long to get here.
There is far more truth than cliché, Doyle Barlow will be missed by all who knew him.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents and uncles Weldon and Larry Siler.
He is survived by his brother Gary Barlow; daughter Nicole Rosson and husband Eddie; grandchildren MacKenzie, Drake and Keyton Rosson; sons Kyle Barlow and Johnny Barlow; Uncle and aunt Ronnie and Linda Isaacs; Uncle and aunt Ron and Lois Siler along with five cousins.
A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Houston Methodist hospitals in Baytown, Houston and Katy for their devotion and care.
Doyle’s life will be celebrated during a service at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Church on the Rock in Baytown.
Formal dress will be tolerated but not encouraged.