Beams of heaven as I go,
Through this wilderness below,
Guide my feet in peaceful ways
Turn my midnights into days,
When in the darkness I would grope
Faith always see — a star of hope
And soon from all life’s grief
And danger I shall be free someday.
Rev. Walter Barabin was born in St. Mary Parish of Louisiana, January 7, 1907. He was born to the union of the late Henry Barabin, Sr. and Millie D. Barabin.
In 1945 he was married to Helen Naville Barabin. He entered the ministry in 1945 and was ordained as a deacon in July, 1957. He was elder an elder in the Methodist Conference. He pastored 10 different churches since he began his ministry, leaving his handprints on the walls of each served. He was quite proud of each of the churches, and membership growth under his leadership.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Barabin, Sr., one son Mr. Lionel D. Tolliver, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Beverly A. Tolliver, his mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Barabin, one son-in-law, Rev. Donavar Yancy, Sr.
Surviving Rev. Barabin is one sister, Mrs. Alice B. Paul, of Portland, Oregon and five brothers, Messrs. Henry and Samuel Barabin of Jeanerette. Albert Barabin of New Orleans, Southern Barabin, of Marrero, and Buster Barabin of Port Arthur, Texas, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Hester Philips of Port Arthur, Texas and Mrs. Doll Barabin of Franklin. Eight grandchildren, Barbara Y. Jefferson, Carolyn Foster, Donovan Yancy, Jr., Wayne Joseph, Dena Joseph, Donna Joseph, Gregg Tolliver, and Byron Tolliver, eleven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, and a nephews, relatives and friends.
“Let the work I’ve done speak for me”