|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 2012|
BARRETT RIDGE – Edmond Sylvester Barrett of the Barrett Ridge community near Saltillo died on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born on June 8, 1919, to Edmond Trammel Barrett and Rose Allen Barrett at Barrett Ridge and called Barrett Ridge home for his entire life. He attended the Evans Chapel School and Saltillo High School, graduating in 1938. He worked as a plasterer for the WPA (Public Works Administration) after graduating from high school and assisted in building new schoolhouses in Shannon, Saltillo and Wheeler.
On Feb. 25, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to Scofield Barracks on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands for basic training. He was at Hickam Field on Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field. After he had completed his basic training, he was assigned to B Battery of the 89th Field Artillery Regiment, a part of the 25th Infantry Division (the "Rainbow Division") and served with them during World War II. His military occupational specialty was cannoneer. While with B Battery of the 89th Field Artillery, he served in the Central Pacific Campaign, which included the Guadalcanal Island conflict, the WGDO campaign and the Luzon (Philippine Island) campaign. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the APTO Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
He was released from active duty on July 31, 1945, and returned to Barrett Ridge, where he assisted his family on their family farm. He purchased a farm next to his parent's farm and began working as a small farmer. He greatly enjoyed his work as a farmer, at times raising cotton and corn row crops, operating a small dairy, and raising and selling livestock and swine. He was employed by Day-Brite Lighting in 1952 and worked for them for approximately 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church at Barrett Ridge and was a member of several Catholic lay organizations. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in the Father Robert Reitmeyer Chapter at St. James Parish.
An avid reader and a patron of the Lee County Library, he was an amateur historian, with an emphasis on military history. He especially enjoyed discussing and debating World War II military campaigns. He enrolled in the University of Mississippi at age 80 to enhance his credentials as a historian. He was a member of several veterans organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of several Lee County farm organizations, including the Lee County Cattleman's Association.
He was married to the former Earleen Mullinnix, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Rogers (David) of Hernando; three grandchildren, Mark Rogers (Elizabeth Propes) of Cookville, Tenn., Will Rogers (Amber Rogers) of Hernando and Laura Rogers of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Rogers and Alexi Rogers of Hernando; three siblings, Robert Barrett of Baton Rouge, La., Virginia Barrett Bishop of Barrett Ridge and Sister Regina Barrett of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond T. Barrett and Rose Allen Barrett; and three siblings, James L. Barrett, Francis S. Barrett and Rosemary Barrett Larkin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at St. Thomas Parish Hall at Barrett Ridge community with the Rosary scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
His funeral mass will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall at 11 a.m. Friday with Father Tom Lalor officiating. His burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers for will be Charles Mullinnix, Herman Irwin, Joseph C. Barrett Jr., John Leroy Long, A. Escue Hutcheson; his Knights of Columbus brothers; his veterans organizations brothers. His pallbearers will be Dennis Barrett, Richard Barrett, Tim Barrett, Joseph Barrett, Joseph Bishop, Herman R. Bishop Jr., Noel Hubert, Jerome Larkin and Francis Larkin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LeBonheur Children's Hospital or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas Cemetery
Created by: LWB
Record added: Oct 25, 2012
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