Marjorie Bell McCormick Barber services today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Mrs. Marjorie Bell McCormick Barber died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, in Selma, where she was a lifelong resident.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in New Live Oak Cemetery with the Rev. Polk Van Zandt of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating and Lawrence-Brown Service Funeral Home directing.

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Mrs. Barber was born Dec. 5, 1942, to Frederick Moore McCormick and Marguerite Bell McCormick, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Selma where she taught Sunday school and was involved in the Women of the Church. She also served on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talladega.

A 1960 graduate of Albert G. Parrish High School, she attended Salem College in North Carolina. After transferring to the University of Alabama, she graduated with a degree in Education. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Returning to Selma, she taught fourth grade at Southside Elementary School from 1964-1967; then, continuing her love of education she enrolled in graduate schools at Auburn University at Montgomery and Livingston University.

Later, she taught and served as director of Leika’s Pre-School at Church Street United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Barber took an active role in the civic and social life of the community. In the 1990’s she was instrumental in implementing the Alabama Tombigbee Senior Citizens Center and in Meals on Wheels at First Presbyterian Church in Selma.

She served on the Sturdivant Hall Board of Directors and was actively involved in the Selma Charity League and the Selma Garden Club. Many Selma residents recall the beautiful floral arrangements she created for the annual Selma Pilgrimage, church services and special events for friends and family.

Mrs. Barber was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Pandora and Haymakers social clubs. She also gave many volunteer hours to Cub Scouts, March of Dimes and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

Upon learning of her death, those who were associated with her in these commitments and who shared her volunteer activities commented, &8220;Margy Barber made a difference.&8221; And so she did.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Deans Elliott Barber Jr., her son Deans Elliott Barber III of Selma; her daughter Elizabeth &8220;Bebe&8221; Moore and husband Matt) of Mobile; and two grandsons, Matthew and David Moore of Mobile.

The family requests memorial donations to Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talledega or to a charity of choice.