Funeral service for Mrs., Mildred Barham age 93, of Petersburg will be conducted Thursday at 10 AM at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Orchard Cemetery beside her husband Paul M. Barham. Mrs. Barham passed away Monday afternoon in Donalson Care Center.
Born in Giles County, Tn on February 8,1917, she was the daughter of the late Will and Blanche Mitchell Crabtree, a homemaker, former seamstress at Serbin Fashions and co-owner of Petersburg Department Store for many years She was a member of the First Baptist Church and until recently was a n active member of of the churches senior group,”Yesterdays Youth “. Mrs. Barham was married to the late Paul Muse Barham for 56 years and briefly married to Rev. Leslie McClure prior to his death in 1993. In addition to parents and spouses, she is preceded in death by a brother: Thomas Crabtree, a sister, Lillian Crabtree King, a grandson, William L. Barham, Jr. and a granddaughter: Amy “Cricket” Barham and a nephew, Charlie Pat Crabtree.
Survivors include one son, Lyle (Becky) Barham of Colmesneil, TX, one daughter, Paulette (Patrick) Carver of Petersburg, one grandson, Eric Berlin of Petersburg, four granddaughters, Heather (Michael) Vaughn of Fayetteville, Beth Barham of Grand Prairie, TX, Cynthia (Dan) Hart of Huntsville, AL and Hunterland (Kem) Carr of Washington State, 2 great-grandchildren, Tony (Bree) Morelli of Newcastle, OK, Christopher Clark of North Carolina, 4 Great-great-grandchildren, a niece, Bettye King Menck of Shelbyville and two great nephews , Kevin (Karen) Menck of Nashville and Kurt (Julie) Menck of Murfreesboro along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Because of her abiding faith in God and her great love for her family and friends, she always put others needs before her own and her sweet spirit endeared her to all those who knew and loved her. She loved to sew, garden, cook and travel and was always anxious to share her knowledge as a seamstress, her ”green thumb” for growing plants and one of her delicious recipes. She also loved seeing new places and enjoyed many trips with her senior friends and family. She was a longstanding member of the Petersburg Garden Club and also volunteered at the Petersburg Library.
In lieu of flowers may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of granddaughter, Amy “Cricket” Barham.
Visitation with the Barham Family will be Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 PM at Higgins Funeral Home.