Pastor found dead at parent's home

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A local pastor was found dead in his family's home Wednesday morning.

Multiple Memphis police officers rushed to the Whitehaven house.

Pastor Quentin Barlow was found dead after 8 a.m. at the home located on Oak Valley Drive, near Boeingshire Drive.

Barlow is a pastor at Faith Covenant Church in Memphis. Barlow's mother, Dr. Linda Chism, is a prominent member of the community. He was also the son of the late Reverend Quincy Barlow.

The family owns several local businesses including daycares and a funeral home.

Known for his powerful preaching and soulful singing, Barlow was baptized as a young child. According to family, he preached his first sermon at the age of 11.

"Twenty-five years of preaching, so he was loved," cousin Samantha Westbrook said.

No foul play is suspected in Barlow's death. The 36-year-old's cause of death remains unknown.

Family members said he was a father of three children--one of whom was just a few weeks old. His eldest son will now share his birthday with the day his father died.

Westbrook said they were shocked by the news of his death because he had not been ill and as far as they knew he was in perfect health.

"No health problems, he was exercising regularly, no medications," Westbrook said. "We are grieving, we are hurting, but our faith and trust remains in the Lord, that's all we know to do at a time like this. It hurts."

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