August 18, 1866 - August 23, 1944
|Alaric Ellis Barrett, son of R. C. and Sarah A. Hinton Barrett, was born on Aug. 18, 1866, at Whitesville, Ky. Of his early life little is known. He was three times married. His first marriage was to Miss Effie Wallace on Sept. 4, 1886. To this union were born three children, two of whom died in infancy. The third child, Mrs. Louise B. Thomas, is a resident of Owensboro, Ky. After nearly nine years together Mrs. Barrett passed away on June 25, 1895. Bro. Barrett’s second marriage was celebrated on October 11, 1899, when he was united in matrimony to Miss Joe Beauchamp. She died in Elizabeth, La., on Oct. 15, 1921. On Sept. 25, 1922, he was again married—this time to Mrs. E. Maxie, who still survives him.. The following children were born of this marriage, Ellis, Marlorie and Jeff. All of these still live. Bro. Barrett passed to his reward on Aug. 23, 1844, from Wilson, La., where he had resided for the past fifteen years.
Of his early life and religious experience the writer knows nothing except what Bro. Barrett has told him. He stated he was reared and educated as a Roman Catholic and for a time-practiced law. Mrs. Thomas, his daughter, writes that he was admitted to the bar in Owensboro, Ky., after the death of her mother. This occurred in 1895; we find him soon entering the work of the Methodist ministry, so be could not have practiced the legal profession very long.
According to the records of the Board of Pensions he was a member of the Louisville, the Missouri, and the Louisiana Conferences. In the Louisville Conference he served the following charges: Bardestown Junc-tion, 1896; Pattsville Mission, 1897-98; Fairview, 1899. He was then located from 1900 through 1904. He was readmitted and served Beech Grove’ in the Louisville Conference during 1905. He then again took the local relation, remaining, in that connection until .1912, when he was readmitted by the Missouri Conference. In that conference he served Rock Springs in 1913-14. New London in 1915 and Millville Circuit in 1914. He then was again located and remained in that relation through the year 1920.
He was readmitted by the Louisiana Conference in the fall of 1920 and sent to Jena and Jonesville. In 1922 he was in charge of the Hornbeck and Peason charge. He served Greensburg in1923-25, and was sent to Pearl River where he served through the year 1926. He was retired at the fall session of the Louisiana Conference in 1927.
Bro. Barrett had a fine mind and a genuine loyalty to the Methodist Church. He was handicapped by an affliction in his hearing, which made it difficult for him always to do his work. He was of a restless and ner-vous disposition, which sometimes caused people not fully to understand him. God understood; he has now come to the end of the way and his restless spirit has gone home. Loved ones and friends tenderly laid away the mortal remains in the cemetery at Wilson, La.
I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
God’s mercy underlies.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages79-80, 1944 by W. L. Doss, Jr.|