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Eddie Louis Barrett was born April 21, 1903 in a sod house on his parent's homestead 7 ½ miles southwest of May, in Ellis County, Oklahoma.

The fifth child of ten, born to William Anderson Barrett and Laura Alice Craig Barrett, he was age 13, the oldest child at home when his father was killed. He became the man of the family and with help of mother, farmed the homestead until the family moved to Shattuck.

In 1926 he married Terry Lee Stallings of Gage. They resided for a brief time in Shawnee, Okla., where he worked for the Shawnee Flour Mill and for a short time in Woodward.

About 1928 they made their home in Gage, where he had his own Oil and Gas business for 59 years.

Having no children of their own, Eddie and Terry Lee helped raise and care for a nephew and two nieces, Don, Mary Rue and Anna Kate Stallings, after the death of their father in 1938.

Eddie Barrett departed this life on December 12, 1987. He was preceded in death by his wife, Terry Lee, four sisters, one brother and a beloved niece, Patricia Lee Stallings Dean.

He is survived by four sisters; Olive Akers of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Bernice Zinn of Benson, Ill; Gladys Lee of Pikeville, Tenn.; and Velma Parch of Toluca, Ill, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In 1986 Eddie Barrett was awarded a Citizen of the year award by the Gage Rotary Club; "For a life time of outstanding service to his Community." There could be no better way to describe his life.

Funeral services were conducted 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 1987, from the First Baptist Church in Gage, Oklahoma. With Rev., Gary Flynt officiating. Interment was in the Gage Cemetery with the Mason Funeral home in charge in arrangements.

Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider

Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society


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