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Barbara Alice Burton Pyles-Fuhr, Adair County, KY native

Barbara Alice Burton Pyles-Fuhr, age 87, of Katy, Texas, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2024, surrounded by her family. Her daughter Ginger sends her obituary and writes, "My mother, Barbara Burton Pyles-Fuhr was a longtime resident of Columbia, Kentucky. She was also known as 'Little Barbara' in the singing group, 'The Adair County Trio,' back in the 1940s growing up on Burton Ridge."

Barbara was born on August 6, 1936, to the late James Leonard Burton and the late Virginia Sinclair Burton in Christine, Kentucky (Adair County). By the age of 2, she learned to sing, could yodel at age 3 and at age 7 began singing tenor with her parents in the Bluegrass Gospel group, The Adair County Trio. "Little Barbara" stood on a stool to the reach the microphone as they sang live on the radio, at county fairs, and churches across Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio.

Barbara performed with legends such as Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Bill Carlisle, Chet Atkins, Casey Jones, and Martha Carson. She also performed with June Carter and the Carter Family in 1947 at a show in Knoxville, TN and performed once on the daily show, Mid-Day Merry Go Round, on WNOX in Knoxville, TN.


Barbara was invited and attended the Grand Ole Opry to sing with Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Barbara was offered a job with Roy Acuff to sing on the Grand Ole Opry, however her Daddy wouldn't let her go. When she wasn't singing, she was helping raise her 8 younger siblings.

On December 3, 1953, Barbara, and the late William Arthur "W.A." Pyles eloped from Columbia, KY and married in Savannah, GA, going on to have 2 children, William Arthur, Jr and Virginia Marie "Ginger". During their 43 years of marriage, they resided in Columbia, KY, Knoxville and Nashville, TN, Ludlow, KY, and Katy, TX. Several years after the passing of W.A., on June 30, 2001, Barbara and the late Dale Sherwood Fuhr married and remained residents of the Katy community. Barbara retired from Katy Printers, in Katy, TX in September 2001. She enjoyed anything involving her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, enjoyed going to church, loved country music, enjoyed watching the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, UK basketball, golf, the Houston Texans, and Cincinnati Bengals. She loved gardening, shopping, and cooking meals from scratch. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Katy, active member of Journey Girls, and a member of the church choir.

Survivors include her two children, William Arthur "JR" Pyles, Jr. of Florence, KY and daughter, Virginia Marie "Ginger" AbiHabib (Nabih) of Katy, TX; four grandchildren, Tiffany Rose (Jason), Aaron Pyles, Ashley Pyles, and William "Will" AbiHabib; two great grandchildren, Alice Rose and Jane Rose; four brothers, Homer Burton of Brooksville, KY, Randall Burton (Janice) of Independence, KY, Garry Burton of Columbia, KY, and Rickey Burton of Falmouth, KY; brother-in-law, Joseph Pyles (Annabelle) of Columbia; sister-in-laws, Diane Burton of Brooksville and Joyce Pyles of Columbia, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and spouses, Barbara was preceded in death by: three brothers, Wendell Burton, Gilbert Burton, and Terry Burton; sister, Peggy Jo Fletcher; two sister-in-laws, Brenda Burton and Ruth Burton; brother-in-law, Randall Pyles.

The family will receive friends from 11am to 1pmCT on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Schmidt Funeral Home East Avenue Chapel in Katy, where a funeral service will be held at 1 with Dr. Rob Lyerly officiating. Interment to follow in Katy Magnolia Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nabih AbiHabib, Aaron Pyles, William AbiHabib, Jason Rose, David Carpenter, Greg Klaus, Jack Feild, Jr, and Rickey Feild.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Pyles, Jr, Homer Burton, Randall Burton, Garry Burton, Rickey Burton, Joseph Pyles, Eric Burton, T.J. Burton, and Jacob Burton.


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Barbara Alice Burton Pyles-Fuhr, native of Columbia, KY



2024-06-05 .

As a little girl Barbara Alice Burton was singing at age two growing up on Burton Ridge in Adair County, KY.

Her life story is shared from her daughter Ginger in the obituary linked to this photo.

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