James (Buddy) Barkalow

Born:                August 29, 1958
Died:                June 6, 1999

Turtle Years:   1992-1999
Section:            Bass

A Turtle’s Tribute:

James B. (Buddy) Barkalow was born in Columbia, Tennessee on August 29, 1958.

He received his Bachelors Degree at the University of Tennessee and worked in advertising.

He was an avid University of Tennessee football fan (the “other” UT).

Buddy graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a degree in fine arts. He was a very talented and creative individual who had worked as a product packaging designer for the Dr Pepper Company. After moving to Dallas while singing with the Chorale, he designed his own line of cards and painted delightful impressionist watercolors. Buddy had a green thumb and enjoyed working and relaxing in his flower garden.

He preformed as an extra on the soap opera “All My Children” for many years and loved country/western music. Buddy also preformed in the TCC video, “Sex, Lies, and Sorority Girls”.

Buddy was a member of the Chorale from December 1992 to June 1999. His first performance was in “MAGIC!” in December 1992 at the Loew’’s Anatole, Dallas, Texas. During that time, he was featured in the following productions.

Buddy was a kind man with a bright smile and a spirited sence of humor. He will be missed by his many friends.

James “Buddy” died peacefully on July 6, 1999 at home in Columbia, Tennessee while visiting his mother, Helen Barkalow.

A memorial service was held at noon on Saturday, July 31, 1999 at Cathedral of Hope.

At the time of his death he was survived by his mother, Helen Barkalow; and his sister, Jody Cecil of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee.

A Turtle’s History

MOVIES – June 1993 – sang with ENCORE! in “Old Movies” and “Viva Elvis”

THE WIZARD OF OZ – October 1993 – played the part of a Flying Monkey

BLAST FROM THE PAST & BEST FROM THE FUTURE – December 1994 – played a part in the Reindeer Skit

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  1. Lynn McCasland
    Lynn McCasland says:

    Buddy and I went to school together at Harding University. He was probably one of the first gay men I ever met, even though we were neither out in our very Christian University. He was a friend. He was always laughing and a joy. We reconnected in the early 90’s while I lived in Albuquerque. He was in Dallas at the time. Little did I know our paths would cross posthumously in TCC. I had the pleasure of reading his name in the memorial service at retreat a couple of years.


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