D.O. 'Red' Barbary
Donald O’dell "Red" Barbary, 83, husband
of Betty Hamby Barbary for 60 years, passed away, Saturday, September
27, 2003, after several years of declining health. Born in Simpsonville,
he was a son of the late Harper and Eula Taylor Barbary and the last surviving
member of his immediate family.
"Red" was known for his life-long contributions to youth and adult athletic
and community programs in the Simpsonville area. He is best remembered
as a former Textile Baseball League standout, and a player in the Washington
Senators organization. In 1939, he signed with the Senators, where he
spent six years in their organization, highlighted by a stint with the
major league team in 1943. In 1942, although, his baseball player position
was a catcher, he pitched and won a 22-inning game for the Charlotte Hornets
vs. the Asheville Tourists. For this unusual feat, he was featured in
a chapter in Furman Bisher’s book Strange But True Baseball Stories. Mr.
Barbary managed at Ware Shoals in the Central Carolina League from 1945-1950,
and Simpsonville in the Western Carolina and Greenville Textile Leagues
from 1951-1954. He was named Western Carolina Textile League’s "Most Valuable
Player" in 1951, and the Greenville Textile League’s "Most Valuable Player"
in 1953. These accomplishments led to his induction in 1991, into the
Greater Greenville Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mr. Barbary was also a member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, the
Steve Hiott Sunday School Class, and the Joy Fellowship.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home, are a son and daughter-in-law,
Eddie and Charlene Barbary of Easley; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane
Barbary Jones and Cecil of Hickory Tavern; three grandchildren and their
spouses, Travis Barbary and Raquel of Easley, Elizabeth Barbary Nix and
Marvin of Central, and Christopher Butler and Amanda of Greenville; and
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2003, in the
sanctuary of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randy Harling
and Rev. Robert Freeland officiating. The family will receive friends
6:30-8:30 p.m., today, September 29, at Cannon Funerals and Cremations
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Steve Hiott Sunday School
Class, and former Textile League baseball players.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Simpsonville First Baptist
Church, 3 Hedge Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681; Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon
Street, Greenville, SC 29605; or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the residence.