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OBITUARY: Geraldine Barwick

Geraldine Barwick | 6 July 1941 ~ 5 August 2013

Geraldine Barwick ~ Cotillion


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 […]

Wiping The Slate Clean!:-)

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the unexpected “events” that keep life exciting!:-)

Tonight, after spending the day tweaking the new Our Alabama Roots site, I decided to update my existing OGR Theme & WordPress installation.

So being the “techie” I am, I followed each step perfectly. I was home free – after several hours, WP 2.8 was successfully updated & the new theme in place! Aside from a few minor edits to the header, my work was finished.

But then I logged-out & encountered a database error & rather than doing a step-by-step analysis to determine the error source {which of course, I know to do}, I was impatient & decided to do the next best thing – I deleted my EXISTING database!

Yep the entire database & of course once I hit “delete”, I KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that Our Georgia Roots, the blog, was G-O-N-E!

Of course I can salvage the links & thank God my data collections live at Picasa & AfriQuest but all of my posts & your insightful comments? Gone just like that!

Hmmm… well I guess it really is time for a new look & a fresh start!

Lest we forget…


By |June 28th, 2009|Reflections|0 Comments

FLASHBACK: Greetings Cousins & Fellow Researchers!

Howdy Family!

Well it appears that my “hiatus” from Wilkes County Georgia genealogy has officially ended! I’ve been away from the message boards & GA Archives for 3+ years now but once again, have returned to try to answer the unanswered…

My Washington-Wilkes Ancestor surnames are WINGFIELD, CARTER, DICKEY, FAVER/FAVOR, WRIGHT & DORSEY.

For those new to me & my genealogy research, I am Mechie Taylor, an African-American descendant of emancipated slaves from Washington-Wilkes, Georgia {Maternal line}.

I have been researching my Maternal Family line for 10+ years. I have answered many questions that until I began my research, were complete mysteries to my Family.

I have also “connected” with MANY “cousins” both white & black (yes, really!) & discovered INVALUABLE resources that make our effort as researchers so much easier – thank you Afrigeneas.com, Ancestry.com & Wingfield.org!

So let me begin my work again… My Ancestors {nor I} will rest until their stories have been told & I still have many good years of researching left in me before I pass the torch to my Niece, Gina Amechia.

Join me please, I have missed you.

Cousin Mechie