Roderick "Roddy" Alan Barr, 77, passed away August 22, 2021 in the comfort of his home in Weimar, Texas after a lengthy illness. Roddy was born May 19, 1944 in Tyler, Texas to loving parents Ralph Arl and Norma Jean Boyle Barr.
Raised in Houston he attended Jeff Davis High School where he was a member of the award winning Jazz Band. Over 63 years as a professional drummer, Roddy began drum lessons at the age of 9 and began his professional career in junior high playing drums in the Henry Lee Orchestra (Glen Miller sound) and in the 60's with bands, "Buddy Groves and the Kings & The Perry Mates" Roddy learned his craft with years of experience playing different styles of music from rock & roll, rhythm & blues, Latin, soul and jazz. In the 70's & 80's formed his own groups; the Aquarian's and Split Image and as lead singer and bandleader played engagements in the United States, England and Bermuda for numerous major hotel resorts, restaurants/clubs. In 1987 Roddy joined The Good, Bad and Ugly band and for 32 years brought his own style of singing and rhythm on the drums to country music. A multi-talented, gifted drummer, versatile vocals with a four-octave range. His personally and special knack for interaction with audiences.
In 1987 began working for Continental Airlines in the finance department later transferring to Houston Intercontinental Airport as a gate and ticket agent. A position he loved and enjoyed interacting with the public and passengers. After retiring in 2004 he and his wife Fran moved to the Osage area Weimar, TX.
On September 5, 1964 Roddy married the love of his life Frances Kucera Barr. They shared 56 years of love, laughter, memories, the Catholic faith, and devotion to one another. They loved to travel, dancing to the 60's, 70's music and their favorite dance "the whip".
On top of all his gifts, accomplishments and achievements, the proudest moments in his life were the birth of his children and grandchildren. He was a hand's on dad, participating in their activities (softball) high school band, coaching and refereeing soccer.
Survivors include his loving wife Frances Kucera Barr, son Ralph Alan Barr and wife Amy, grandson Ralan Barr of Cedar Park,Texas daughter Kristen Barr Grabein and husband Craig of Tomball, Texas. Grandchildren Andrew, Aubrey, and Alexander Grabein, Sisters Patricia Bruecher, Daphine Scott, Naomi Thornburg and cousins Richard and Todd Hoepfner, sister-in-law Annie Milling and numerous nieces, nephews.
Services St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church, 401 N. Center St., Weimar, Texas. Rosary at 9:30 am, Visitation at 10:00 am and the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am A private internment will be held at Forest Park Lawndale, Houston, Texas at a later date.