W.J. "Jesse" Barrington and wife, Viola, moved from Goldthwaite to the Ralls area in Jan. 1929. The family settled in Fairview community on the Les Crump place, two miles south of the school house the first two years, then moved to the Jim McDuff place 1/2 mile east of the Joe McDuff homeplace. The family later moved to Ralls and Post and finally to Roby.
The family in 1929 consisted of Jessie, Viola, one son, Freeman, and two daughters, Velma and Opal.
In July, 1933, Freeman married Opal Macon, a former school teacher at Fairview, Owens and Ralls. They had one son, Carroll.
Freeman died of a heart attack in July, 1954. He was a rural mail carrier at the time of his death. Opal, his wife, moved to Lubbock and taught school for a number of years. Their son, Carrol lives in San Antonio and is a civil service employer. He and his wife, Fredda, have two children.
Celebration of life services for Opal Odell Macon Barrington, 91, of San Antonio were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2002, at the Grand Court retirement center with the Rev. R. L. Porter officiating. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home with the same officiant.
Burial was at 4 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 20, 2002, in Ralls Cemetery, under the direction of Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home of Lubbock.
She died Sunday, Apr. 17, 2002.
She was born July 19, 1920, in DeLeon and moved to Ralls with her family in 1923. She graduated from Ralls High School in 1927 and attended Texas Technological College for one year. She began teaching at a one-room rural school at Old Emma. The next year, she taught at Fairview.
She married Freeman Aubry Barrington on July 19, 1933, in Ralls. He died in 1954.
She began teaching at Ralls Elementary School and later taught in Oakland, Calif., during World War II. They returned to Ralls after the war.
She moved to Lubbock in 1955, where she taught at Jackson Elementary until her retirement in 1975.
She continued her college education at Tech by correspondence and summer school, receiving her bachelor´s degree in education and later her master´s in education in 1961.
She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for 47 years, where she served on numerous committees and was president of Trinity Baptist Women´s Mission organization for seven years.
She was a founding member of the local chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota teachers´ sorority and continued as an active member for 35 years.
Following her retirement, she was a volunteer at Methodist, St. Mary´s and Highland hospitals for 10 years. She was a resident of Grand Court in Lubbock for almost five years before moving to San Antonio in October 2001.
Survivors include a son, C.D. of San Antonio; a brother, T.O. Macon of Lubbock; two grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the American cancer Society, Lighthouse for the Blind, or a charity of choice.
©The Crosby County News & Chronicle, Friday, Apr. 26, 2002, page 8
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