|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1924|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 2000|
Barbara Lamar Dupree Yarbrough was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father was Carlos Lamar Dupree, and her mother was Bonnie Marguerite (known as Bonnie Jean) Wormington. Bonnie and Carl met and were married when he was in the Navy in WWI stationed in Long Beach, California. Carl was a musician in the Navy band. After the war he and Bonnie moved back to Birmingham, where they lived with Carl's parents, George and Mittie Dupree. After having another daughter, Cherie, Barbara (aka Babs, Barby) Carl and Bonnie were divorced. Bonnie moved back to California. She tried to keep her daughters with her, but that didn't work out. Barbara and Cherie returned to Alabama to grow up in the home of their grandparents, now known as Mimi and Pang Dupree. Mimi played piano beautifully, and taught private lessons. Pang owned a bedding company. They were able to provide a wonderful home for their grandchildren, but Barbara and Cherie were forever troubled by the breakup of their family. They did keep a wonderful relationship with their mother, Bonnie Jean, although from a distance.
Barbara inherited musical and artistic talents from her mother, grandmother, and father. She was a high school beauty queen, loved to dance and act and draw. She graduated from Woodlawn High School, and for a while she attended University of Alabama where she majored in drama. She left school to work, and she became an airline stewardess in 1943. In those days, this was a brazen thing to do, and she had to sneak away from Mimi and Pang for an all day interview. After her acceptance, she went to airline school in Chicago or New York City. She flew out of both places. She had many stories to tell about her experiences.
In high school Barbara had many "beaus" as she called them, including Floyd Yarbrough. While Barbara was working at the airlines, visiting with her mother in California and Washington State, going to school, and playing the field, even briefly engaged to someone else. But in 1945, Floyd returned from the army. He and Barbara encountered each other on the steps of their church, Ruhama Baptist, and both forgot anyone else. They were married on Dec. 14, 1946. One day after 50 years of marriage, when asked what attracted them to each other, Floyd said "her legs, they called her 'Legs Dupree', and she said "his beautiful blue eyes".
Barbara and Floyd had 4 children over the next 10 years, Bobbi (Little Barbara), Bonnie, Norris and Lamar. For brief periods, they lived in Sulligent, Alabama, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
During her years as a mom, Barbara worked some as a kindergarten teacher, and as a substitute teacher. She also studied art and writing. She published articles in the Alabama Baptist magazine, wrote children's stories, wrote and illustrated stories for her grandchildren. She also painted beautifully, and did very special ceramics; her paintings and ceramics are prized by her children and grandchildren.
Granna, as she was called, was beloved by her children, grandchildren, and friends. She was a very special person and is deeply and forever missed. In October 1999, her beloved Floyd died suddenly of complications after two heart attacks and open heart surgery. Eight months later, Barbara died of pancreatic cancer. Almost three years later, they were joined by their granddaughter, Bonnie Jean Lee.
Forest Hill Cemetery
Created by: Bonnie's Mom
Record added: Mar 06, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10567751
My 5th cousin, 1x removed, God Bless her Soul!|
Added: Dec. 5, 2012
Merry Christmas, Mom. Miss you.|
Added: Dec. 24, 2010
Rest in Peace, Barbara Lamar. See you and your beloved husband in Heaven.|
Added: May. 22, 2010
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