Barwick

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

Rensler’s Photography Studio: Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL

Very encouraged after a polite email, folks at Black History Album contacted me, agreeing to take Aunt Lena’s Rensler image down from the Black History Album Tumblr! They asked if I’d ever consider featuring my family images for visibility to a broader audience and I explained, it’s not about visibility – it’s about restoring & preserving family.

I did suggest that Black History Album consider joining our Facebook African-American genealogy & Slave Ancestry research group and allow some of our researchers to assist in giving the MANY Ancestors that populate the BHA site their names and stories back!

Our Ancestors were more than eye-candy. They deserve more from us than a PIN, TWEET or POST.

LenaHallBarwickRev. Lena BARWICK HALL

{91.5 years young and going STRONG!}

By |August 23rd, 2013|Barwick, Journal|1 Comment

Rensler’s Revisited: Well… I Did Say Stranger Things Have Happened?!

RosaLee-RENSLER--2Early this morning I posted a few “non-related” Rensler Photography Studio images in the hope these Ancestors would eventually be noticed and reunited with a living descendant researching online. By this evening, to my surprise I had this comment to the blog:

“Wow! This is an unexpected surprise Rosia Lee Barwick! This is the aunt that I heard about but never saw her image until now. She was sickly and passed away in her youth is all I know of her. She was definitely a Barwick and very very lovely! This is indeed touching. Regards, Greg”

Greg is the youngest son of my Great-Aunt Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER. Aunt Hannah and William Charles BARWICK (my Grandfather) were siblings. The Rosia Lee BARWICK Greg is referencing is their younger sister who died as a young girl!

Now, neither I nor Greg have ever seen a picture of Rosia/Rosie Lee. Sure her features look McKENZIE/BARWICK and several of the Rensler images of the BARWICK siblings feature the same pedastal, but to be 100% sure we need validation. And the only folks alive to confirm this is our Rosia Lee are in Cincinnati — my 92.5 and 91.5 year old Great Aunts Hannah and Lena BARWICK, Rosia’s older sisters!

So what’s a genea-sleuth to do?! The scan of Rosia Lee will be in the mail first thing tomorrow morning for confirmation!:)

The coolest thing about this whole thing, should my Aunts confirm this is our Rosia Lee, is that I’d never seen the 3 images posted this morning or even knew they were coming before Brad sent them […]

Sonny & Gerrie BARWICK

Sonny & Gerrie Barwick Sonny and Geraldine BARWICK

By |August 19th, 2013|Barwick, Jackson|0 Comments

Marvelous! A Loving Tribute To My Gerrie!:)

It’s been 1 week since my family and I laid Mom to rest. In planning for her Homegoing Celebration, it was important to me Mama be remembered in the spirit she’d lived, and not the shell Alzheimer’s Disease left behind.

Animated. Brilliant. Loyal. So funny… Mama was my everything! She deserved much more than Alzheimer’s time-stamp.

So please enjoy a loving video tribute to our Mother, Geraldine BARWICK, set to her favorite Walter Hawkins song, Marvelous! She was everything our memories reflect and then some!

She was MARVELOUS!:)

Peace and ease Mama…

Luckie

Celebrating the Life & Spirit of Geraldine Barwick

Geraldine Barwick
HOMEGOING SERVICE

Tim Stewart Funeral Home
300 Simonton Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(770) 962-3100

Saturday, August 10th
Viewing – 11AM
Homegoing Service – 12pm

Repass – immediately following the Homegoing Services  at Mali’s

OBITUARY: Geraldine Barwick

Geraldine Barwick | 6 July 1941 ~ 5 August 2013

Geraldine Barwick ~ Cotillion

OBITUARY

Geraldine “Gerrie” Barwick, daughter of the late William Charles Barwick and Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 6, 1941. She departed this life peacefully on August 5, 2013.

As a teen Gerrie worked in her family’s neighborhood appliance store. She attended Cincinnati Public Schools and after completing her final years at St. Mary’s High School in Hyde Park, continued on to positions with the Cincinnati and Michigan Bell Telephone Companies. Gerrie also enjoyed a role as WCIN radio station’s midday on-air personality “Cindy Hamilton”, where Butternut Bread was her sponsor.

Gerrie loved the Lord and the Gospel, and spent her lifetime ministering to the spiritual needs of others. After accepting Christ as a young woman, in 1974 Gerrie joined Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church under the leadership of Elder Jasper Phillips where she was baptized and filled with the “Holy Spirit”. Gerrie continued her work in the ministry at Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Anderson Culbreath until her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980′s. At the time of her “Homegoing”, Gerrie remained a member of Antioch A.M.E. Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the Reverend Stafford J. Wicker presides as Pastor.

Inheriting her Father’s gift for sales and entrepreneurial spirit, Gerrie established Atlanta’s Harvester Pine Straw Company. As a successful landscape-supply wholesaler, Gerrie traveled throughout the Southeast Region for several years building her reputation and expanding her customer-base.

Fiercely loyal and devoted to family, Gerrie never hesitated […]

FLASHBACK: 2nd Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Grandma’s Hand ~ A Bridge Over Troubled Water, Memories of Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK {4.13.10}

Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICKInteresting that as I began to pen my memories of Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK {1920 – 1992}, my beloved Maternal Grandmother, Stevie Wonder’s rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water began to play.

My Lord, without a doubt there is no single person who had a greater impact on my life than Anbownes. There is no person’s absence, that I miss more.

She was a firm, honest, no-nonsense straight-shooter. She was everything you dislike as a child and everything you come to respect and admire as an adult.

She was the personification of honor. People spoke of her with reverence.

My Grandmother was regal in appearance, always impeccably dressed, with the most beautiful, pecan hued hands and fingernails I’ve ever seen. There are moments when I seem to catch a hint of her gardenia scent. There are MANY days when I miss the sound of her deep, husky voice singed from many years of smoking.

Her love and loyalty were the rock we all –especially my Mom– held on to and truth be told, Mom started leaving us the day Anbownes transitioned.

I know now, what I didn’t quite understand then… watching a good Mother leave you is the hardest life challenge any child will face. It is impossible to sustain this kind of separation (not loss) and not be permanently changed.

By example, Anbownes and Mom taught a scared (and clueless) child how to Mother her Son. And though hurt by my circumstance, she never faltered in support. Because she stood by me, I am the woman I am today.

Once during her daily bath, she told me […]

FLASHBACK: 2nd Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Grandma’s Hand ~ Memories of Lena Mae McKENZIE BARWICK {4.4.10}

Lena McKENZIE BARIWCKTo this day, My Great Grandmother, Lena Mae McKENZIE BARWICK is the gentlest, sweetest woman I’ve ever known.

Born 9 March 1902 in Lewisville, Alabama to Ella Mae MARTIN and Joseph James McKENZIE, I remember most her deep faith in God and her ability to quote biblical scripture at will.

I still chuckle at the thought of returning to Cincinnati in 1995 with a severe Caesar cut (yes — I’d shaved all the curls down to a barely visible shadow), and being informed by my Grandma that there was no shame in a wig — God would respect my crown anyway he could get it!:-)

I still marvel at the strength both of my Great Grandmothers possessed. Both survived poverty and less than easy Husbands, yet remained steadfast in God and Family. Never appearing to waiver.

Like most of the Barwick/McKenzie women, Grandma was blessed with long-life, transitioning on 11 March 2002, at the age of 100 years old.

The poem below, was written by my older Brother, William, for her 100th Birthday and was read at her Home Going Service.

How timely that it would be presented here today on this Sentimental Easter Sunday 2010, as my Barwick timestamp for Grandma’s Hand…

I think about my Grandma
and I think of loving hands,
Two hands that do their best
to carry out the Lord’s commands…
Two hands that clap in joy fullness
while she joins in a song,
Two hands that hug and comfort,
as she passes love along…
Two hands that are my Grandma’s
that have always done their part
To spread the love of Jesus,
so abiding in her heart.
I think about you. Grandma,
and I see a gentle model of the kind
of […]

Our Alabama Roots is LIVE!:-)

OAR_screenshotWith all the blown-up MySQL databases, I want to remind you OurAlabamaRoots is live & cousin Glenza is already talking about a family reunion in Cincinnati next year!:-)

There is something to be said for all these “fresh” starts – be it voluntary {Our Alabama Roots} or forced {Our Georgia Roots}, I seem to be cutting several new paths these days.

Guess I’ll just wait & see what the Ancestors have in store!:-)

Lest we forget…