HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 81
(By Delegates Romine, A. Evans, Rowan and Azinger)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge at the south end of Sistersville on Route 2, bridge number 2155.1, as the “Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick, soldier, gentleman and proud West Virginian, was the great-great-great-grandson of a long line of a civic and country serving family. His great-great-great-grandfather was Presley Martin, the founder of New Martinsville. His grandfather, William D. Barrick Sr., who moved to Sistersville in 1928 and started the General Dry Cleaning Company, was the leading force who brought Linde Air Products to Sistersville in 1954. This same grandfather, along with two other men, also bought and donated to Sistersville the land now known as Country Club Heights. Like his ancestors before him, Timothy C. Barrick was an honorable and giving man. Tim's father, William D. Barrick, Jr., served his country during World War II. His brother William D. Barrick, III served in the Navy. So as a lad Tim signed up for the Army in 1966 during one of our nations darkest hours, The Vietnam War. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in 1967. He then served twelve months in Vietnam. Thus began for him, as well as his family, a life-long service to his country. Tim's service included tours in Korea and as an instructor with the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then joined the Alabama National Guard in 1976. His military education included Infantry OCS; Airborne Course; Infantry, Engineer, Armor and Quartermaster Advance Courses; Command and General Staff College (Commandant's List), National Security Management Course (Outstanding Graduate) and Reserve Components National Security Course. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and military science. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. He was presented the Alabama Distinguished Service Medal, the state's highest award; and
Whereas, Tim loved his roots and Tyler County. He came home as often as he could. He is the highest ranking officer ever to graduate from Sistersville High School. He gave the keynote speech at the 2002 Alumni Banquet in which he wrote a poem dedicated to this city and county. Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick died in June, 2004. He is survived by his wife Linda and his two daughters Courtney and Stephanie; his mother, Janet Barrick; his brother Billy Dean; and his sister Melissa Flesher. This beloved native son was returned home in June 2004 for good. Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick was a soldier, gentleman and a man who loved his country, family, his fellow man and West Virginia; and
Whereas, The life of our native son, Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick, and his life, accomplishments and passing should not go unnoticed; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the bridge at the south end of Sistersville on Route 2, bridge number 2155.1, as the “Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs on both sides of the bridge identifying the bridge as the “Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the surviving wife and children and relatives of Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick.