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Fairy Chism James Barlow

Memorial for Fairy Chism James Barlow

Born in Austin, on Feb. 20, 1929
Departed on Dec. 18, 2015 and resided in Austin,, TX.
Visitation: Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Service: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
10:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Fairy Chism James Barlow

Sophisticated, poised, and pure at heart, that would be Fairy Barlow. On February 20, 1929 in Austin, Texas, a baby girl was born to Dora and Henry Chism, Sr. She was the last of seven children. The year 1929 marked the Great Depression, but Fairy refers to it as "the good old days."

Fairy grew up in a household filled with love and strong family values. Her mother was a strong wife and mother who spent most of her time making a home for her family. She also did washing and ironing to help provide beyond the family's needs. Mr. Chism, Fairy's father, was a chauffeur for the Hancock family. Together they were able to support and take care of their family. Even though they wore hand me down clothes, they were neat, clean, and happy.

At six years old, Fairy began her formal education. She was eager to learn and anxiously awaited mornings when she would hurry to school. She attended Olive Street School, walking swiftly to get to school on time. A car was luxury that few could afford.

Each day her mother prepared lunch for her and the other children. It was usually something left over from breakfast. She remembers how the children teased those who had biscuits in their lunches instead of sliced white bread. She sometimes had biscuits but she was always happy. Fairy commented, "I know what poor means, but we had plenty of love to go around." She recalls how they all shared with each other. There was a true sense of community. Everyone in the neighborhood helped each other. This situation was made better when a grocery store opened in the neighborhood. The store owner offered credit and recorded it on a little note pad. He would "put it on the book" until payday.

L. L. Campbell Elementary School was built two blocks from Fairy's home and she enrolled in school there. She completed her elementary school year and attended Kealing Jr. High School. From there she attended Anderson High School. While attending Anderson, she was appointed hall monitor, school guide, and usher. She was a model scholar.

Her love for singing resulted in joining the B. J. Joyce Choral Group. While at Anderson, Fairy participated in the Distributive Education Program. This allowed her to attend school half a day and work at the Harlem Theatre the other half.

While at Anderson High school she met her husband Horace Lee James, Jr. After high school graduation, he went to barber school, finished, and married Fairy. They moved to

Houston and Fairy enrolled at the Houston School of Nursing. She graduated and she and her handsome husband were blessed with a beautiful daughter. The named her Diana.

Fairy continued to live and work in Houston even though she and her husband experienced some marital difficulties that ended their marriage. At this time their daughter was attending Texas Southern University. Fairy worked as a nurse and performed a variety of clerical duties to supplement her income.

Fairy married a second time, again to another handsome Barber. His name was Raymond Barlow. No children were born to this union. He passed away in 1994 leaving a strong, dedicated, Christian woman.

She was a faithful member of Olivet Baptist Church for many years. In 1993, she became Ministry Leader of Helping Hand Center and in 2010 became a Mother of the Church. She was also a member of Ruth Circle and the Women's Ministry. Fairy had a strong love for Jesus Christ, her family and mankind. She had several health problems but she would strongly confess, "but I keep my hand in God's hand and He watches over me." When other people had problems, she would tell them, "Just Pray."

Fairy was preceded in death by her parents Henry Chism, Sr. and Dora Chism; husbands, Horace Lee James, Jr. and Raymond Barlow; three brothers, Dudley Chism, Henry Chism, Jr. and Thomas Chism; three sisters, Odell Chism Allen Green, LaFla Chism Dawson and Carrie Johns; and many other family members.

She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Diana Horton and son-in-law Leroy Horton; grandson Jason Gibson; granddaughter Akaila Horton; grandchildren Jeremiah Almond, Iyannah Almond and Camryon Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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