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Barry Bradford Telford

De Kalb, Texas

October 24, 1946 - June 1, 2024

Barry Bradford Telford Obituary

Barry Bradford Telford of De Kalb, Texas passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the age of 77.


Barry was born October 24, 1946, in New Boston, Texas, to John Quincy and Bertha Van Hooser Telford. On September 3, 1966, he was married to Marsha Cunningham in De Kalb. Barry was the owner/operator of Telford Gas and Furniture and was an 18-year member of the Texas House of Representatives. He was a member of the De Kalb Masonic Lodge #9, the Maud Gun Club and a member of First United Methodist Church in De Kalb. Barry loved skeet shooting, hunting and was a voracious reader.

Barry was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and served nine terms representing Bowie, Cass, Red River Marion and Morris counties. He was part of the leadership team under Speaker Pete Laney, serving as chairman of the Pensions and Investments and Calendars committees. Barry was instrumental in enhancing pensions for retired teachers and state employees among the many issues he worked on. The Barry B. Telford Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in New Boston was named in recognition of his work on the House Corrections Committee.  He was a mentor and trusted advisor to many House members during the latter part of his legislative career. His sense of humor and sense of fair play endeared Barry to legislators, legislative staff and “the third house,” the lobby. Barry loved serving the people of Northeast Texas in the House and cherished the deep friendships formed during the hard work and long hours of nine regular legislative sessions and countless special sessions.



He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, infant John Wayne and Van Quincy Telford; grandson infant Jackson Darden Telford; sisters-in-law Janie Ellis Telford and Gloria Cunningham Cheney; brothers-in-law James Cunningham, Robert Smith, and Nelson Cheney.


He is survived by his wife, Marsha Cunningham Telford of De Kalb, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Anna Christina Telford and Jason Cording of Harrisonburg, Virginia; a son and daughter-in-law, John Farris and Molly Darden Telford of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Quincy Cole Telford, Zoe Kate Telford, Gracie Reese Telford; three sisters-in-law, Lois Crim, Brenda Smith and Gay Cunningham; a brother-in-law, Winston Cunningham; nephews, Quincy Ellis Telford and Bradford Grey Telford; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins, all loved.


Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, June 8, 2024, at First United Methodist Church in De Kalb, Texas with Rev. Amanda Stratton officiating. Interment will follow at Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday, June 7, 2024 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.


Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 396, De Kalb, Texas 75559 or the Williams House Museum, PO Box 140, De Kalb, Texas 75559.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Barry Bradford Telford hosted by Bates Family Funeral Home.

Barry Bradford Telford of De Kalb, Texas passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the age of 77.


Barry was born October 24, 1946, in New Boston, Texas, to John Quincy and Bertha Van Hooser Telford. On September 3, 1966, he was married to Marsha Cunningham in De Kalb. Barry was the owner/operator of Telford Gas and Furniture and was an 18-year member of the Texas House of Representatives. He was a member of the De Kalb Masonic Lodge #9, the Maud Gun Club and a member of First United Methodist Church in De Kalb. Barry loved skeet shooting, hunting and was a voracious reader.

Barry was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and served nine terms representing Bowie, Cass, Red River Marion and Morris counties. He was part of the leadership team under Speaker Pete Laney, serving as chairman of the Pensions and Investments and Calendars committees. Barry was instrumental in enhancing pensions for retired teachers and state employees among the many issues he worked on. The Barry B. Telford Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in New Boston was named in recognition of his work on the House Corrections Committee.  He was a mentor and trusted advisor to many House members during the latter part of his legislative career. His sense of humor and sense of fair play endeared Barry to legislators, legislative staff and “the third house,” the lobby. Barry loved serving the people of Northeast Texas in the House and cherished the deep friendships formed during the hard work and long hours of nine regular legislative sessions and countless special sessions.



He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, infant John Wayne and Van Quincy Telford; grandson infant Jackson Darden Telford; sisters-in-law Janie Ellis Telford and Gloria Cunningham Cheney; brothers-in-law James Cunningham, Robert Smith, and Nelson Cheney.


He is survived by his wife, Marsha Cunningham Telford of De Kalb, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Anna Christina Telford and Jason Cording of Harrisonburg, Virginia; a son and daughter-in-law, John Farris and Molly Darden Telford of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Quincy Cole Telford, Zoe Kate Telford, Gracie Reese Telford; three sisters-in-law, Lois Crim, Brenda Smith and Gay Cunningham; a brother-in-law, Winston Cunningham; nephews, Quincy Ellis Telford and Bradford Grey Telford; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins, all loved.


Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, June 8, 2024, at First United Methodist Church in De Kalb, Texas with Rev. Amanda Stratton officiating. Interment will follow at Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday, June 7, 2024 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.


Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 396, De Kalb, Texas 75559 or the Williams House Museum, PO Box 140, De Kalb, Texas 75559.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Barry Bradford Telford hosted by Bates Family Funeral Home.

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