Senior Spotlight 7/19/19

Gloria Jean Barber

Story by: Krishayla BoydStudent Journalist

Gloria Jean Barber was born on January 4th, in Chester South Carolina. She is the mother of four children: Lakeisha, Tequita, Johnathan, and Towanne. She also has ten wonderful grandchildren, including myself (Krishayla Boyd). Mrs. Barber lives in the Lake Wateree community, where she has lived for 63 years.

Mrs. Barber is the vice president on the Gospel Choir, President of Pastor’s Aid, a member of the Missionary, and a Sunday school teacher at White Oak Baptist Church #1--where she has attended all her life. Mrs. Barber loves all Bible verses, but one verse that sticks out to her more is Isaiah 53:4-5: "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed." She enjoys this Bible verse because “It’s God’s word and He died on the cross for our sins.”

In her free time, Mrs. Barber likes to play video games (Candy Crush & FarmHeroes) and read the Bible. Her favorite memory of her childhood is her family, because they grew up close and helped one another when needed. When I asked Mrs. Barber is there any difference between what matters most to her now and what mattered 30 years ago, she states, "Yes, my grandchildren matter to me now; 30 years ago I didn't have grandchildren." Her favorite thing about being a grandparent is seeing all of her grandchildren achieve their goals while putting God first.

Mrs. Barber believes her purpose in life is her family. Her greatest accomplishment is trusting and believing in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I asked Mrs. Barber what was one of the most life-changing events in her life, and she expressed, “When I found out I had cancer--because that was something I couldn't control, other than pray to the Lord.”

Mrs. Barber says she wants to be remembered “as a child of God, the one who did what she was supposed to do, and the one that tried to help the needy whenever she could.”