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Dick Barron

Profile Updated: June 4, 2020
Residing In:
Fort Worth, TX USA
Martha Kay -- wife of 40 years.
(finally) Retired
Blake born 1969; Mike born 1975
Military Service:
U.S. Army National Guard  

.Bama Smith's Phillips 66 Station.
.Weingarten's Grocery.
.Magness & Son's Poultry Processing Plant.
.Conway & Co.
.Iva Starnes Mens Wear (this is Iva Starnes).
.Texas Tech - me and The Hud driving the 410 miles to Lubbock. My accomplishments at Tech...New experiences: Coors Beer and pizza pie.
.Kilgore College - oops! Too much Coors Beer and pizza pie.
.Texas A&M - Maroon blood .. time to get serious.
.U.S. Army - Uncle Sam said he needed me.
.Houston Sports Association.
.Weyerhaeuser Co.
.Jos Schlitz Brewing Co.
.Martlet Importing Co. introduced Molson of Canada family to Texas.
.Barton Beers Ltd. introduced Corona family to Texas.
.Self Employed.

School Story:

Sorry, I had to go back to pre SFA.

.Mrs. Clark's Kindergarten. Stanley and Merry Melony's mom.

.The Travis Elementary Wildcats years - marbles in the school yard; Jessie Faye Glover stabbing a #2 pencil in my hand...I still have the lead mark of the wound. Or was it Zan Colson? Or was it June Eubanks?; playing jacks with the girls under the oak trees and a bird crapped on my head, followed by humiliation from the girls; duck and cover drills; should have thought of that drill when the bird crapped on my head; bicycle to school and bicycle everywhere; 1st grade teacher Mrs Holder breaking my heart by getting "in the family way". Never saw her again And Una Jane Spiegal...where did you go? Tormented ever since-ache to this day!; School trip on the train to Houston to see Spartacus; Piano lessons at my Aunt Maudell's across the street from the playground. My Aunt told my Mom she was wasting her money.

.Baseball - Little League the Pirates. Coached by Fort McDonald.

.Bob Bond. Will never forget him. Good friend, used to spend Fri nights together and watch the Sat morning cowboy shows. He liked the Cisco Kid and Zorro. Me too. My dad and brother were part of the group that found them in a slew out by the race track before there was a race track. They broke into Oliver's sporting goods and took a boat and motor to go search for them. I remember to this day the excitement I had when my brother came in about midnight on that Sunday night and said "we found them". I said "good ... where is he ... I want to go talk to him." It was then they took me aside and I learned about death. It broke my heart. I was blessed with the the opportunity to talk to his mother a few times before she passed last year. I couldn't talk to her without tearing up. She would assure me it was ok. She understood. Take a look at his picture in the obit section. Great guy. Great friend. Can't wait to see him again.

.Population: 12,000 in Bryan; 4,000 in College Station, included the Ags.

.Bear Bryant. John David Crow. I remember seeing him walking out of Kyle one Sunday afternoon (they'd let you play football on the field) with his wife and son on his shoulders. It somehow made an impression on me I guess because I only knew his football side. I later met his son outside Spokane, WA. He managed a dog track on the Interstate between Spokane and Coeur D'Alene, Id.

.The Lamar Bulldogs years - we were the first class at the new Lamar; Texas History & visit to San Jacinto battlefield; undefeated Bulldogs & coaches Stub Davis and Harry "popitto'em popitto'em" Bond & laps around the backstops, cleats picking up mud and must have weighed 50 lbs each; throwing up during practice...Mr. Bond told me to stop drinking milk at lunch to stop it from curdling...cured the throw ups. Practice was much harder than the games. Offense: Porter left. Porter right. Porter up the middle! Undefeated, riding on the shoulders of Porter.

.Baseball - Babe Ruth league Woodchoppers. My brother coached us. He created a crafty lefty named Phil Cox. His first ever pitch went over the backstop and hit the concession stand. From that pitch on nobody wanted to dig in against Phil, for fear of being drilled, and he was one of the best pitchers in the league. Joe Frank Stratta slid into third as I applied the tag and he broke my thumb. Today, that left thumb tells me when a norther in coming thru.

.That was pre-air conditioning. Sleeping with the windows up and at 6am you could hear the Aggie Band practicing. The War Hymn was my alarm clock. My blood turned maroon.

.Manning Smith's Dancing Class. Screw up and you had to dance with that old lady. She and I did many a "toe heel, toe heel, aback forward" together.

.The SFA years - Cigs in your t-shirt sleeve, whether you smoked or not (I didn't, but I was cool); duck tails and all that butch wax to hold them down; shotguns and rifles in your truck's gun rack; Conrad Mahon...scared hellfire out of me. I would walk around the building to avoid Conrad Mahon; Senora Vincent's espanol class. I can make it around in a Mexican taxi thanks to her; Typing Class; book raids. I never knew a soul who participated. I promise. (Heh heh).

.Reuben Bond's Louisville Slugger with the holes drilled in. One lick. No more talking in p.e.

.Jim Austin and the acapella choir...the Madrigal Singers (what was a Madrigal?)-still remember some of those songs. The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Sa Le Tay. All-State sing-off in Waco-Mr. Austin got a speeding ticket on the way; And that song about Jessie's Root growing, Mr. A - I finally figured out what that meant; I just couldn't figure out why a rose was 'ere blooming because some guy named Jessie had a member that was growing; Why would we celebrate that in song? Either I didn't learn that in Sunday School or my head was in the gutter! Probably the former.

Baseball: Connie Mack League ????. Can't remember the name of the team. Coached by Billy Arhos.

.Alan Shepherd's shot into space in Senora Vincent's class. I later befriended him in business.

.Mr. Peacock's Shipley Donut shop. Give me a Shipley Special - two burgers open face smothered in cheese, a boatload of fries, a bottle of Dr. Pepper, a squeeze bottle full of ketcup on top of the cheese and fries, a shaker of pepper on top of the ketcup, and B5 on the juke box;

.Junior year basketball: playoffs against Austin McCallum and we beat them and their Joe Hardwick but there was controversy. I remember Joe's mom hitting Squealer Thompson with her purse over and over again. On to State and we opened with Dallas Thomas Jefferson. Coach called time after about 4 minutes and the score was something like 36-2. We exited state about as quickly as we entered it;

.Junior and Senior football-why did we wear helmets that were yellow drab?

.What ever happened to David MacEndorffer?

.I never knew that Coach Ohlendorf was a member of the Junction boys until recently;

.I've Got a Secret, Your Hit Parade, Andy Griffith Show. The Great Barney Fife. Elvis singing to that Basset Hound on Ed Sullivan Show. I watched it at Butch and Jim Allen's house.

.Marlin Perkins "I'll go safely hide behind that rock while Laddie goes over and carefully places his head in the alligator's mouth."

.Deer lease, deer hunts with Jarvis and the Olivers, opening day, closing day, and South Tex quail hunts with our dogs and dads; Man...The best bird dog ever. You had to shake his paw for about 20 minutes before he'd move aside and let you in the back door. He got locked inside the Cunningham's house by the workers when they were building it. There he was in the picture window on that 3 inch shag white carpet with his paw in the air. Mr. Cunningham wasn't a happy camper when Daddy called him to come let his dog off of his white shag carpet!

.You guys still in Bryan sure messed up some good deer country with your housing developments and golf courses and mega churches; Have you no shame? We can't even leave our sacred grounds to you?

.The Skyway Drive In Theater. Greatness.

.1963 Pontiac LeMans aqua marine with white buckets. Would love a do over with that one.

.And one year later, 1964 ... Porter's bachleor party. Me, Marvin and Boyce Oliver at the Dairy King. We were about to be shocked!

.This is an add on. I've had a great time going back in time. I must say that, considering what loomed before us as we moved into the mid 60's, growing up in a town like Bryan Texas was the best home town we could have grown up in. I firmly believe that the post WWII era was the best time ever to grow up in as little boys and girls, and young men and women, and we were just fortunate enough to be raised in the finest area by the best group of parents in parental history. God bless them, God bless Bryan, and God bless all of you guys and gals.

.Texan by birth. Bryan Texan by the grace of God

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Jan 14, 2021 at 4:55 PM

Posted on: Jan 14, 2021 at 10:51 AM

Michael ... sorry I missed the 9th but I hope this bd was the best ever. And I hope there are many dozens more to celebrate. Keep 6' apart from everything and you'll probably make it to 135!! All hail Travis! All hail the Wildcats!

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Nov 26, 2020 at 6:29 AM

Bill ...I hope this birthday is your best ever and you are surrounded by all of your sons, daughters, grandkids and great-grandchild. Good work old friend! A great family! Stay safe in this strangest of times and make sure all are wearing their thanksgiving masks! I hope there are about 3 or 4 dozen more 11/30's for you! A quick 'back in time' memory: In about 1952 one Friday afternoon Mother, Daddy and little me drove to Palestine to watch my Brother (#81 in your program) and the Bryan Broncos take on the Palestine ?? (Wildcats maybe??), and I think the drive home was joyous. .And I don't think I've been back to Palestine since! 6' away Hugs and elbow bumps to you! Look forward to our next gathering.

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Nov 19, 2020 at 7:16 PM

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 at 6:31 AM

Charlotte I am so saddened to hear about Mike. I believe he is much better off now that he doesn't have to face the amputation and all that entails. It's good to know he's in the mighty hand of God and is at peace. No more nights .. no more pain .. no more tears .. never crying again. Praises to the Great I AM for he lives in the light of the Risen Lamb. Prayers and thoughts for you and Traci.

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Posted on: Sep 30, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Diii-A-yunnn. My phone fried and I lost my phone book or I would have called. So call me some time and i'll get your number, and you can bring me up to date. Oh yea .. and ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!. Hope it was great and hope you have a few dozen more, and hope I'm still here to celebrate them with you!, Would love to fire up the '63 LeMan's, turn up the radio real loud, and take off for Lubbock again! Love ya and hope to bump into you in Sams! Dickie

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Sep 19, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Betsy hope your bd was the best ever, and hope you have dozens more! Please give my best to Hank and hope all is well with him.

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Sep 16, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Wow.  This one hurts.  Pete and I were friends during high school but especially at A&M together.  When Martha and I were in Wichita Falls we'd go to A&M games and party and  celebrate victories (and losses) with them, and spend the night with them.  And boy did he ever find a peach in Linda.  To say that Pete "married-up"  is an understatement, as evidenced by their children and grandchildren -- sweet and loving -- that defines Linda.  All you have to do is look at those photos in the celebration of life section of the obit to see the love in the eyes of all of the family members, solidly held together by a loving mother and father.  I often thought about Pete and how he must have grieved over Sammy's passing a month or two ago and I was looking forward to the August mini-reunion so we could  visit "our way" once again, only to be knocked out by damned covid.  I will miss him but I find relief knowing I will see him someday soon.  

Way to go Pete.  Yours was a life well lived.

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Aug 03, 2020 at 5:13 PM

Posted on: Aug 03, 2020 at 11:36 AM

Ronnie ... sorry I messed the big day yesterday. Hope you have many dozens more. Stay alert and healthy!

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Posted on: Jun 27, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Sorry I missed it but hope it was great! Have a whole bunch more too!

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Jun 27, 2020 at 5:50 PM

Posted on: Jun 27, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Sorry I missed it! Hope it was the best ever that didn't include dancing at your house, and hope you've got Esther Blvd. cleaned up and under control. Have several dozen more b'days too! Love you ... Dickie .

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Jun 24, 2020 at 5:03 PM

Jacob -- many moons have passed since our Travis Wildcat days. Hope you have a happy and blessed b'day and hope yo have dozens more.

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Jun 18, 2020 at 7:16 PM

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Hey there Michele. Hope this is the best one and hope there are at least many dozens more. All my love.

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Jun 04, 2020 at 8:48 AM

Johnny .. sorry I missed the 22nd. The powers of darkness that attack computers attacked mine, and I just got it back about 5 minutes ago. But HAPPY 75th! I bet you can still bring the heat and break off a curve ball with excellent bend and drop. Look up Malcom's 2nd son Alan in RR some day. I know he'd remember you and you could enjoy Woodchopper talk together. Gotta go .. I'm off for a Shipley's Deluxe, so stay upright and taking nourishment and keep having b'days. Hope to see you again very soon.

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Apr 28, 2020 at 10:07 AM

How could I miss it? Yours is 4 days before mine! I guess I was spaced out learning I was considered "at risk".. Any way ... hope yours was a great one and hope you have about 40 more -- at least!

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Apr 27, 2020 at 3:36 AM
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Apr 16, 2020 at 10:01 AM

Hey old buddy. Sorry I missed the day -- blame it on the Corona V. Doing too much binge watching Netfilx and my mind is turning to mush. Hope all is well.

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Apr 06, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Posted on: Apr 06, 2020 at 9:37 AM

I missed it! I missed it! I've been in hiding from the CV and just came out of my closet. Please forgive me! But ... I did remember that on 4/4, three-fourths of a century ago, a little bundle of joy was presented to Woody and Bunny whose name was K5IVD, or, K5 Item Victor David, or, sometimes, Dog. My pal, my buddy, forever dubbed Mr. Phil by Woody, turned 75. He looks great, thanks to his beautiful wife Lindsey, and dapper with his 10 gallon Stetson. And it's been great knowing I have been well protected all these years, with Phillip Wayne walking guard in his flip-flops. I am very proud to call him my very good friend, and pray I can send these remembrances for another 30 or 40 years. Happy 75th Phillip Wayne Cox.

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Dec 19, 2019 at 11:13 PM

Posted on: Dec 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM

Hey Ralph ... sorry I missed the 18th but Happy Birthday! Hope it was the best ever and hope retirement is agreeing with you. And here's to many, many more! ps .. now that Dallas TJ has been destroyed by a tornado, would you guys like a hoops do-over?

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Nov 04, 2019 at 8:19 AM

Hey Mike ... have the best birthday ever as we head toward the backside of 70! That's unreal! Hope to see you soon. Dick Barron

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Nov 02, 2019 at 6:31 AM

Hey Marvin Milton Holland Boswell etc. -- I hope you and Ppatti are doing well. I've about decided that getting old sucks! But Happy Birthday anyway! I'd much rather be sitting down with you in a booth at Shipley's and ordering a couple of Shipley's Specials and sharing an entire bottle of ketchup and an entire shaker of pepper on 'em while listening to the Everly Brothers on the juke box. Those were the days and I miss 'em. Hope to see you again soon. Next time we go down to d'Hanis I'll make sure your cousin lets you know.

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