Barbara Leann Fowlkes

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Barbara L. Fowlkes, 82, transitioned from this life to be in the presence of the Lord on Sunday, April 5th, 2020.

Born December 23, 1937 in Columbus Ohio to Lewis Carter and Evelyn Carter McGaughy of Columbus Ohio. Barbara was the fifth born of 13 children of this union.

She graduated from East High School in 1956 and married Alonzo (Lonnie) West Sr. They had 4 children – Alonzo Jr. (Lonnie Jr), Elaine, Russell and Eric West. Barbara instilled in her children the value of hard work, the concept of achieving your goals and the importance of family.

She has always been a kind and giving person and it is appropriate that she worked at Grant and University Hospitals before bringing her talents to the Franklin County Department of Human Services. She retired after 27 years of service in 1989.

Barbara served the Lord as a faithful member of Hosack Street Baptist Church until she later joined New Birth Christian Ministries. She was a long-time member of the La Petite Club. She and her fellow club members organized events, trips and worked as examples of commitment and organization to friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis Carter and Evelyn Carter McGaughy; husbands, Alonzo West Sr and Lawrence E. Fowlkes; son, Eric L. West; (2) sisters Eva Burnett, Mildred L. Humphries.

She leaves to cherish fond memories son Alonzo (Cynthia) West Jr of Oakland California, Elaine M West, Russell (Daphine) West, stepchildren Mark Fowlkes and Stephanie Fowlkes; grandchildren Yolanda (Jason) Jackson, Lee West, Alisha (James) Womack III, Justin (Kelly) West, Essence West, Eric West Jr, Rustin West; (3) step-grandchildren Gabrielle Fowlkes, Amarra Fowlkes, Sydnee Fowlkes and the love of her life 11 great grandchildren, Jayda West, Kiev West, Jordan Turner, Cleveland Brown Jr, Kennedy West, Ajaylon West, Jayla Jackson, Ava West, Juliana Jackson, James Womack IV and Zoey Womack; (2) sisters Ernestine Menefield, Karen Carter; (5) brothers, John (Shirley) Carter, Robert (Treva) Carter, David (Gerry) Carter, Raymond (Winnie) Carter and Paul (Flora) Carter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

Private services Monday, April 13, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest

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Condolence Messages

  1. My condolences to your family at this time. Just know she is at peace and she is watching over you all. I pray for strength and peace.

  2. Chester & Malvena Street

    To the Fowlkes, West & Carter families, you have our deepest condolences on the loss of your love one, may you all fine comfort in God’s word. We will continue to keep you all in prayer, much love! ❤️

    • To the Carter, West and Fowlkes Families I would like to express my deepest sympathy in the Homegoing of Aunt Barbara. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!

      Love you all.

  3. John Jarrett (Bud)

    Prayers for the immediate family. She was loved and it was blessing to have her with us. A respected elder of the family.

  4. May God continue to bless and keep you
    all . God will give you strength and comfort.
    I love you all!
    Peace and Love
    Sharon Burgess

  5. My sincere condolences, may God give the family strength and comfort during this difficult time.
    I Love You All!

  6. Mrs Jerri Jackson-Fowlkes

    To the family of (Aunt) Barbara Fowlkes we send our condolences. We were just reminiscing about the fun fish frys at her home and the church functions we would attend at Hosack. Memories that make us who we are, rest in heaven special lady. Lawrence , Jerri Fowlkes and family.

  7. Robert Franklin Randall

    The Matriarch was always kind to me and mine.
    RIP Barbara

  8. My condolences family, she will be missed!
    We Love you all and we’re here for you!


    • Family, Elaibe, Lonzo, Russ, I love yall to the moon. If you need me I am here. Don’t have much, but I hear my hugs are great. Joy and peace I offer you.

  10. My sincere condolences to the entire family on the loss your mom, grandma and friend. So saddened but praying knowing she received her wings and the fond memories comfort you all during this very difficult time.

    Love you!!

  11. My condolences.

    • Toni West-Bolden

      I just learned of Aunt Barbara’s passing today. I hope you find solace in the beautiful memories you have built in this lifetime. What comes to my mind is the love and acceptance one felt in her presence. The fun times, the emphasis of family and love in action. A true matriarch. May God grant you peace at such a time as this. May you feel the embrace of His loving arms around you. I love you Family!!! You are in my prayers. God Bless.

  12. Kevin & Tammy Condolences are with the family. We are so sorry to hear this . Our prayers are with y’all and know that God will give you all the strength and courage to continue to pass on her legacy.

  13. So sorry for your families lost, she was a beautiful soul.

  14. Sharlene (Pwe) mitchell

    My condolences to Elaine, Russ, Alisha and the rest of the family! Your mom & grandmother was a beautiful and wonderful women. She always made me feel like one of her children every time I saw her. I loved her so much she was very special to me I will always love and miss her. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you & give you strength, comfort and peace as you go through these difficult times. much love & hugs to you❤️

  15. Teresa Cameron

    My Condolences to the Family ….

    • Steve Parks ( Binky )

      My Condolence To All Of Yaw!!! My Heart Is Heavy Because I Had The Pleasure Of Being Around Her And She Always Treated Me Nice. My Prayers Are With The Entire Family.. R.I.P MOM’S…

  16. Claudia and I would like to send our condolences to the West family on the loss of your mother. We will keep you in our prayers.

  17. From all of the Neely Family our hearts are with your Family. To the amazing Barb or Ms WesT who our Mother insisted we call her, She was the Mother across the Street on 20th that helped raise us. We borrowed cups of Sugar, Floor & anything else we all needed to get by. That was the time we all lived in. She part of the reason our Street was a place of calm and respect in the middle of sometimes crazy Linden. We Love her. Love her snd just shock time has seemed to go so quickly. She was forever a part of us. Thank you Barb.

  18. Sending My Sincerest Condolences To The Entire Family Mrs. Barbara Was A Sweet Lady Always Had A Smile On Her Face She Will Truely Be Missed.

  19. Sheila Stevens

    Mom, you will always be remembered for your love and kindness. You have been a great soldier for the Lord. You rest in peace now. Love Always, Sheila & Family.

  20. Sheila Stevens

    Mom, you will always be remembered for your love and kindness. You have been a great soldier for the Lord. You rest in peace now. Prayers, Peace, and Condolences to the Family.
    Love Always, Sheila & Family.

  21. My condolences to the entire family. Barbara always had such a beautiful smile. I remember visiting her last year at the rehab facility even then she was always pleasant. Rest in peace.

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