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Berkley Barfield

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Berkley Barfield was born on January 7, 1915, in Bartlett, TX. He graduated in 1933 from Bartlett High School & was intensely interested in prose & poetry. Berkley attended Rice University; however, the impact of the "Great Depression" impeded his dream of graduating. His first job was with Superior Milk Company in Houston, TX where he drove a horse drawn wagon. The milk route served him well in learning the streets of Houston, as he later became a taxi driver. In 1942, Berkley joined the United States Army. He was assigned to an Escort Guard Company & later became an MP guarding German P.O.W.'s in Huntsville, TX. He eventually obtained the rank of Sergeant Major & in World War II served under General George Patton in Europe. In 1943, he married Myrtice McGlothlin. In 1944, the Army transferred Berkley overseas to fight in the European Theater of operations until the war was over. At the end of World War II Berkley was discharged from the Army & returned to civilian life. However, a short time later the Korean War broke out & he was called back to active duty. Two years later, he was discharged from the Army. He and Myrtice returned to Bartlett, TX & after sixteen years of marriage they had a son, Mark William Barfield. Berkley was an avid reader, fondly displaying his library of Louis L'Amour & Zane Grey novels. His dream of becoming an author was realized when he began writing poetry full time at the age of 91. He had written three books & had a fourth in the works, at the time of his death. Berkley is preceded in death by his wife, Myrtice Barfield; his sister, Irene Barfield; and his parents, William Henry & Essie Barfield. He is survived by his son, Mark & wife Diana; three grandchildren, Charlye & Josh Barfield & Matthew David Eller. He also leaves behind much loved nieces & nephews. A Memorial Service was held 10 am Nov. 25, 2013 at Second Baptist Church. For more info, please visit www.darstfuneralhome.com


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Published on yourkingwoodnews.com from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2013
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