Ranger Exes Memorial - RJC

Roy Barrett ROY PASCHAL BARRETT, 90, passed away on December 4, 2014. He coached at Ranger Junior College in 1957-58 and owned Southwest Athletic Repair Company in Ranger, TX with Richard Henderson where many RHS classmates worked. Roy was born May 5, 1924, the first son of Olin and Onie Barrett in Vernon, TX. At age 5 he was joined by a brother Keith Wesley Barrett. Because there were no boys in the neighborhood, He played dolls with the girls and asked for a doll and buggy for Christmas Mom found him down the street with baby Keith in the buggy playing “dolls.” In a childhood reminiscent of A CHRISTMA STORY, he rode bikes, chased the ice truck, hunted quail, rode horses, went to the Texas Centennial in Dallas, went to Boy Scouts, and played football, all the while leading Mom on a merry chase and learning to be a skillful saddle maker and shoe repairer from Dad. At age 17, shortly after Pearl Harbor day, he dropped out of school to join the U.S. Marines. He missed graduation and Eagle Scout rank to become a Marine but the last week of basic training, he fell and shattered his right knee. Ten months later, he returned to Vernon on crutches with an honorable discharge. In July of 1943 he met 16 year old Madge Lee Mills and with his dashing good looks, salesman's tongue, and snappy uniform swept her off her feet. They were married in September of 1943 and were together for 65 years. When WWII ended he ran to the First Baptist Church & rang the bell all afternoon and the whole family sat together with everyone in town in church that night to celebrate the end of the war. In 1946 he entered Hardin Simmons University on the GI Bill. He graduated from The University of Corpus Christi (Texas A&M at Corpus Christi) in 1950. For the next 35 years he coached football & basketball, refereed football games, worked in the oilfield, owned his own shoe repair shop, owned an athletic repair business, and sold insurance or anything else that needed to be sold. After he retired in 1978 he and Madge attended Rhema Bible Training School in Tulsa, OK. Following both their ordinations, they co- pastored a church in Austin, TX. When Madge's twin brother Dee Mills needed a salesman for his oilfield dynamometers, Roy was a natural choice so back to work he went for another career. After a second retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher and a shoe repairman. He could “fix” or build anything and if he couldn't do it right, there was always duck tape and epoxy cement. We never needed to call a repairman when he was around. In 1957 we were moving to Ranger, TX and sat down to rest. Mother counted 43 moves in 14 years of marriage. They did slow down after that, but probably averaged 2 moves a year over 65 years. They must have liked to move. Mother got so good, she could be packed, moved and unpacked in a week! Daddy is survived by children Elaine Barrett Welty (RHS-1962), Roy Keith Barrett (RHS-1966), Nancy Barrett Carter and husband Tommy. Grandchildren Warren Snipes, Adam Carter and wife Michelle, Sam Welty and wife Amy, Sarah Welty, Carola Carter Locke and husband Micah, Kristina Barrett Rivera and husband Vince, John Carter and wife Kelsey, David Welty, Michael Barrett and wife Kara, and Taylor Barrett. These amazing men and women have produced 16 great-grandchildren (so far.) Daddy joins Mother, our brother Roy Paul, the great cloud of witnesses, and the Savior who stretches out His arms and says “I'm so glad you're here!” WIFE: MADGE LEE MILLS BARRETT, 81, passed away on July 4, 2008. Burial was in DFW National Cemetery. She was born in 1927. Survivors at the time of her death: Husband, Roy; son, Roy; daughters, Elaine and Nancy; grandchildren; great-grand- children.