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Ruth Earleen Smith Barclay
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1908
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1969
Attalla
Etowah County
Alabama, USA

Ruth Earleen Smith was born July 10, 1908 in Etowah County, Alabama. She is the daughter of Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) and her second husband, Andy J. "A.J." Smith.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay's third husband, Roy Hilt Barclay, added the error to Ruth's obituary, that she was a native of Jefferson Co, AL. Ruth Earleen Smith was born in Etowah County, Alabama, as he did not know where she was born.

After, her Father, Andy J. "A.J." Smith married Delia Harris Evans (widow of Henry C. Evans)on May 19, 1907 in Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama, they lived in the home that had belonged to Delia Harris Evans and her first husband, Henry C. Evans , which was located at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama. This is the home were Ruth Earleen Smith and her half siblings, Cecil Reed Evans, Willie Florence Evans, and Marcus Leo Evans, all lived in when they were growing up.

Andy J. "A.J." Smith had been married before and had children by that marriage, and some of those children lived in Jefferson County, Alabama. These children were the half siblings of Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay.

Between the end of 1908 and the year 1909, Delia Harris Evans Smith (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) divorced Andy J. "A.J." Smith, and he moved out of her home at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama. When they divorced, Delia Harris Evans Smith then took back her name of Delia Harris Evans

Delia Harris Evans (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) and her first husband, Henry C. Evans (Nov. 18, 1871 GA - Dec. 01, 1904 AL)were married on June 18, 1893 in Etowah County, Alabama and they had three children together by their marriage:

(1.) Cecil Reed Evans (Nov. 27, 1896 AL - June 28, 1956 AL)

(2.) Willie Florence Evans (Jan. 09, 1898 AL - Jan. 06, 1982 AL), she married first in "1913", to Riley Richard Durham/she married second in "1946" to John Thomas "Tom" Holley.

(3.) Marcus Leo Evans (1904-1965)

Delia Harris Evans (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) married third and last to Thomas Oliver "T.O." Gilliland on Nov. 29, 1917 in Etowah County, Alabama and they lived for the rest of their lives in the home that owned by Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland, located at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama. Delia Harris Evans (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) and Thomas Oliver "T.O." Gilliland (Oct. 21, 1860 AL - Oct. 03, 1935 AL) did not have any children together by their marriage.

Ruth Earleen Smith married first to Henry Daniel "Dan" O'Barr. They were married on Aug. 20th , 1924 in Attalla, AL and they had one child: Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr, born Aug. 04, 1925 AL and died Feb. 09, 1993 AL.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr and Henry Daniel "Dan" O'Barr divorced and Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr and their son, Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr moved in and lived with her Mother, Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL)and Thomas Oliver "T.O." Gilliland, at the home her Mother owned at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr married second to Emmerson Lee and they did not have any children together. They divorced and Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr and her son, Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr moved back in with her Mother at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee married third to Roy Hilt Barclay (July 06, 1907 - Jan. 22, 1988 AL), and they did not have any children together. Roy Hilt Barclay worked at the Steel Plant in Etowah Co., AL.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay (July 10, 1908 AL - Apr. 04, 1969 AL) and her third husband, Roy Hilt Barclay (July 06, 1907 AL - Jan. 22, 1988 AL) lived with Ruth's Mother, Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL)at the home that was owned by Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL)and located at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL)requested that, at the time of her death, her home and her additional land and house was to be left to her Grandson, Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr (Aug. 04, 1925 AL -Feb. 09, 1993 AL).

Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland died at her home, 1402 North 4th St., Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama, on Jan. 16, 1962, and at the time of her death, her daughter, Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay (July 10, 1908 AL - Apr. 04, 1969 AL) and her third husband, Roy Hilt Barclay (July 06, 1907 AL - Jan. 22, 1988 AL)were still living with her.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay's son, Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr, signed a document with Roy Hilt Barclay, which was to later be changed, but never was changed before his Mother, Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay died.

Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay died at the home she grew up in and the home that had belonged to her Mother, Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL), located at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

After the death of Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay, her third husband, Roy Hilt Barclay, took possession of the home at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama, and the additional land and house, as per the document that Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr had signed.

Roy Hilt Barclay (July 06, 1907 AL - Jan. 22, 1988 AL)remarried to Edwina Flower Bowlen shortly after the death of Ruth Earleen Smith O'Barr Lee Barclay on Apr. 04, 1969, and they lived in the home that had once belonged to Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL), located at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Roy Hilt Barclay died Jan. 22, 1988 and after his death, the home at 1402 North 4th Street, Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama, and the additional land and house, that had once belonged to Delia Harris Evans Smith Gilliland (Dec. 08, 1872 AL - Jan. 16, 1962 AL) became the property of Roy Hilt Barclay's second wife, Edwina Flower Bowlen Barclay. Edwina Flower Bowlen Barclay died Feb. 01, 2014, and I do not know if she sold the home at 1402 North 4th Street and the additional land and house before her death, or if it was left to someone else after her death.


Between the 1930 and 1940 census Ruth obtained her Cosmetologist License and started working at a Beauty Shop in downtown Attalla, AL. In the 1940 Census, Ruth and Roy Hilt Barclay are living in her Mother's home and Henry Daniel "Dan" O'Barr and their son, Thomas "Tom" D. O'Barr are living with Henry's Mother, Elizabeth Strickland O'Barr Houge "Mama Houge".

Aunt Ruth was a Cosmetologist and had a Beauty Shop on Fourth Street in downtown Attalla, AL for many years until she retired. Aunt Ruth was a devoted and active working member of the Northside Baptist Church and she made, with in her lifetime, substantial contributions to the Northside Baptist Church (which at that time located across the street from Ruth's Mother's home on North Fourth St. Attalla, AL). Aunt Ruth was thought highly of, by those who knew her and loved deeply by her family. She passed away in the home she grew up in, after a very hard battle with lung cancer. 
 
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 Parents:
  Delia Harris Gilliland (1872 - 1962)
 
 Spouses:
  Henry Daniel O'Barr (1902 - 1996)
  R. Hilt Barclay (1907 - 1988)
 
 Children:
  Thomas D. O'Barr (1925 - 1993)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cecil Reed Evans (1895 - 1956)*
  Willie Florence Evans Holley (1898 - 1982)*
  Marcus Leo Evans (1904 - 1965)*
  Ruth Earleen Smith Barclay (1908 - 1969)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Attalla
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
Plot: 112
 
Maintained by: Judith Nan Lewis
Originally Created by: Dera Williams Holland
Record added: Nov 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61943033
Ruth Earleen <i>Smith</i> Barclay
Added by: Judith Nan Lewis
 
Ruth Earleen <i>Smith</i> Barclay
Added by: Judith Nan Lewis
 
Ruth Earleen <i>Smith</i> Barclay
Added by: Judith Nan Lewis
 
 
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 Added: Dec. 10, 2016

- Judith Nan Lewis
 Added: Dec. 10, 2016

- Judith Nan Lewis
 Added: Dec. 10, 2016
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