Barr,  Lt. Col. Hoyle Redman USMC

Barr, Lt. Col. Hoyle Redman USMC

Male 1917 - 2009  (91 years)  

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  • Name Barr, Hoyle Redman 
    Prefix Lt. Col. 
    Suffix USMC 
    Born 7 Dec 1917  Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Jan 2009  Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I32683  Sackett
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2016 

    Family Sackett, Madie Mason,   b. 11 Aug 1922, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 2011, Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married Unknown 
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F10978  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Dec 1917 - Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jan 2009 - Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Barr, Hoyle (1917-2009) & Maidie Mason (Sackett) Barr (19222011)
    Barr, Hoyle (1917-2009) & Maidie Mason (Sackett) Barr (19222011)
    (Src: Find A Grave, William Domengeaux)

  • Notes 
    • From http://dmc.tamuc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/uw/id/4114/rec/4
      Northeast Texas Digital Collections
      An interview with Hoyle Barr [video]

      Creator Texas A&M University-Commerce
      Subject World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
      United States. Marine Corps
      Description Hoyle Redman Barr was born on December 7, 1917 at St. Joseph?s Hospital in Paris, Texas to Corrie Hoyle and Faith O. Barr.
      Hoyle?s father was a cotton farmer while his mother was an actress, who always dreamed of one day being famous. His mother appeared in several movies from 1910 to 1912 and because of this the family moved back on forth between Hollywood, California, and Paris, Texas. However, the
      majority of his childhood was spent in Paris in a two bedroom, one bath house on 32nd street. Barr attended school at 4th Ward, then Paris High School. He admitted that he never enjoyed school as a whole, but he
      found geography interesting throughout his life.

      Barr graduated from high school in 1935 and attended Paris Junior College for a period of time before he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1937. He met his wife, Maidie Sackett Barr, shortly after he enlisted. Hoyle spent two years in
      flight school, and when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred he was a fighter pilot stationed in San Diego, California. Up until Pearl Harbor, Hoyle disclosed that while there were rumors about Hitler and the Japanese, they were never discussed. As the attack began on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Barr was asleep when he was awoken and told the
      nation was at war and to prepare to leave. He left San Diego as soon as possible for Pearl Harbor. When he arrived, there were still bodies floating in the water, which evoked emotions of anger in Hoyle. He remained in the Pacific for the extent of the war. Barr lead squadrons of dive bombers during the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 and was shot down and forced to bail out of his fighter but was never taken prisoner by the Japanese. Hoyle soon arrived in the Philippines where he led more squadrons of fighter planes. Once again he was shot down at 14,000 feet and forced to bail out but evaded capture and was soon rescued by an Army patrol. Barr continued to fly missions for the entirety of the war but when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, he was on leave at his home in Paris with his wife. After the war, Hoyle remained in the military as a pilot, where he soon learned to fly fighter jets and served as a combat helicopter pilot during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

      When Barr left the Marine Corps, he was a Lieutenant Colonel and had amassed several awards including a Flying Cross, 12 Air Medals, and a Bronze Star. Hoyle returned to Paris and went back to school at Texas A&M University-Commerce* where he received a degree in journalism. After he graduated from college, he taught gemology at Paris Junior College for twelve years. Barr also designed and sold his jewelry and did so out of his shop in his garage until his death in 2009. Summary contributed by: Clinton Hundley
      Date 9/4/2008
      Interviewer Glenn Gainer
      Type Moving Image


      >From http://www.aikinarchives.org/index.php/harvill/entries/hoyle-r.-barr/
      The Journals, A.M. & Welma Aiken Regional Archives
      Written by Daisy Harvill, Archivist
      Posted 8 Jan 2009:

      Paris Junior College lost a great friend on January 2, 2009, and Paris lost one of its shrinking number of World War II veteran heroes?Hoyle Barr, born ironically on December 7, 1917, in St. Joseph?s Infirmary, Paris, Texas. His home was Biardstown, and he was a third generation Texan. For those of you who pay attention to such facts, Miss Madge Seckles got him off to a good start in life, grades 1-3, when his mother, Faith Opal Redman Barr (father Corrie Hoyle Barr) released him into her capable hands. He also attended 4th Ward, Paris High School 1932-1935, and Paris Junior College 1936-1938. Hoyle then attended Aero Industries Technical Institute in Glenwood, California, in 1939, worked briefly as an aero mechanic at North American Aviation in Inglewood and then entered the United States Marine Corps from Long Beach. 1939 was a busy year for Hoyle Barr. A Naval aviator, Hoyle was over Guadalcanal by 1942, and the rest, as they say, is history: Guadalcanal, 1942-43; Philippines, 1944-45; Korea, 1950-51; and Vietnam, 1960. The man retired in 1962 as Lt. Col. Barr with 2 DFC?s, 12 Air Medals, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

      Still not done, Hoyle worked for Ling-Temco-Vought Aviation in Dallas, 1962-69, earned a BA in art from UT Arlington in 1971, and went to work for PJC 1971-85, when he retired, again, as Director of Jewelry Technology.

      He was married long and faithfully to Maidie Sackett Barr, and they had three daughters.

      Upon his final retirement from military service, he reported 3600 hours of flight time, including 950 in helicopters, 750 in transports, and 200 in jets. He also listed carrier experience, which is not for the faint of heart. His picture appears in the November 23, 1942, issue of Life magazine as Lieut. Hoyle R. Barr, one of ?Midway?s fliers.? According to the article, these men lived in dugouts near their planes and spent their time flying patrol, practicing dogfights, and ?Chasing Tails? (stretched out in a single line, playing a version of ?Follow the Leader,? in this case, the squadron commander). It said they also spent a lot of idle time studying the flying habits of the birds on this island, but one they could never understand was the bo?sun bird, who could fly backward.

      Well, done, Hoyle Barr. Well done.

      United States Social Security Death Index
      Given Name: Hoyle
      Middle Name: Redman
      Surname: Barr
      Birth Date: 7 December 1917
      Social Security Number: 465-18-6939
      State: Texas
      Last Place of Residence: Paris, Lamar, Texas
      Previous Residence Postal Code: 75460
      Event Date: 2 January 2009
      Age: 92


      >From
      http://www.fry-gibbs.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/14724/id/2219538
      Hoyle R. Barr | 2009 | Obituary
      Hoyle R. Barr

      Died: January 02, 2009

      Hoyle R. Barr, born December 7, 1917 in Paris, Texas to a family with a
      long history in Lamar County, died at Paris Regional Medical Center on
      January 2, 2009. Son of prominent Paris business owners C. Hoyle and
      Faith O. Barr, he grew up here and left to join the Marine Corps in 1940.

      In the Marines he served as an officer and aviator, flying dive bombers,
      jets and finally helicopters, until his retirement in 1962. He fought in
      both World War II (Midway, Guadalcanal, Luzon and Mindanao most notably)
      and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and received two Distinguished Flying
      Crosses, a Bronze Star and 12 air medals. His portrait also appeared in
      Life Magazine?s special Midway edition, and was on display at Barr?s
      Coffee Shop in Paris for years. Barr had several overseas postings,
      primarily in the Pacific theater, as well as a stint with Marine
      Headquarters at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Barr
      first worked as an Engineer Specialist for LTV in the Dallas area.

      Barr then decided to immerse himself in what he loved most besides his
      wife Maidie and flying: words and ideas. He first received a BA in
      Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington, and then went on
      to graduate work at TCU and East Texas State. A jaunty and engaging
      storyteller, Barr self published two books of poetry and yarns (mostly
      humorous) about his growing years in Paris and his war experiences. His
      unique way of looking at the world, his sense of humor and a singular
      way with words won him friends, delighted listeners and periodically led
      him into mischief all his life. These qualities also created an enduring
      legacy for his family, bequeathing both talents and vivid memories.

      By the time he returned to Paris in 1973 Barr had begun studying jewelry
      craft through technical schools and seminars. In 1972 he became a
      teacher at VOTEC, and then Director of the Jewelry School at Paris
      Junior College. He also became a lay reader with Holy Cross Episcopal
      Church in Paris. He retired again in 1987 and later was elected to the
      Paris Junior College Hall of Fame, where his portrait resides near that
      of his wife, also a Hall of Fame winner.

      In 2008 his storytelling was again put to good use when representatives
      of the Library of Congress interviewed him for more than half a day
      regarding his war experiences.

      Barr is survived (and missed!) by his beloved wife of 65 years, Maidie
      (Sackett) Barr, three daughters, Bette Barr, Anne Drake and Kathleen
      Bryant, grandson Cory, two granddaughters, Julia and Natalie, and two
      great grandchildren.

      Memorial graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday,
      January 7, 2009 in the Evergreen Cemetery with Father Tim Cherry
      officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be
      made to the Paris Junior College scholarship fund.


      From Find A Grave Memorial# 91750414
      Hoyle Redman Barr

      Birth: 1917
      Death: 2009

      Inscription: Semper Fi, L.T. (sic) Col. USMC

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Maidie Sackett Barr (1922 - 2011)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Evergreen Cemetery
      Paris
      Lamar County
      Texas, USA

      Created by: William/Bridget Domengea...
      Record added: Jun 11, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 91750414

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com), 91750414, 28 Nov 2014.
      From Find A Grave Memorial# 91750414
      Hoyle Redman Barr

      Birth: 1917
      Death: 2009

      Inscription: Semper Fi, L.T. (sic) Col. USMC

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Maidie Sackett Barr (1922 - 2011)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Evergreen Cemetery
      Paris
      Lamar County
      Texas, USA

      Created by: William/Bridget Domengea...
      Record added: Jun 11, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 91750414

    2. [S1258] Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
      From
      http://www.fry-gibbs.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/14724/id/2219538
      Hoyle R. Barr
      Died: January 02, 2009

      Hoyle R. Barr, born December 7, 1917 in Paris, Texas to a family with a long history in Lamar County, died at Paris Regional Medical Center on January 2, 2009. Son of prominent Paris business owners C. Hoyle and Faith O. Barr, he grew up here and left to join the Marine Corps in 1940.

      In the Marines he served as an officer and aviator, flying dive bombers, jets and finally helicopters, until his retirement in 1962. He fought in both World War II (Midway, Guadalcanal, Luzon and Mindanao most notably) and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and 12 air medals. His portrait also appeared in Life Magazine?s special Midway edition, and was on display at Barr?s Coffee Shop in Paris for years. Barr had several overseas postings, primarily in the Pacific theater, as well as a stint with Marine Headquarters at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Barr first worked as an Engineer Specialist for LTV in the Dallas area.

      Barr then decided to immerse himself in what he loved most besides his wife Maidie and flying: words and ideas. He first received a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington, and then went on to graduate work at TCU and East Texas State. A jaunty and engaging storyteller, Barr self published two books of poetry and yarns (mostly humorous) about his growing years in Paris and his war experiences. His unique way of looking at the world, his sense of humor and a singular way with words won him friends, delighted listeners and periodically led him into mischief all his life. These qualities also created an enduring legacy for his family, bequeathing both talents and vivid memories.

      By the time he returned to Paris in 1973 Barr had begun studying jewelry craft through technical schools and seminars. In 1972 he became a teacher at VOTEC, and then Director of the Jewelry School at Paris Junior College. He also became a lay reader with Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Paris. He retired again in 1987 and later was elected to the Paris Junior College Hall of Fame, where his portrait resides near that of his wife, also a Hall of Fame winner.

      In 2008 his storytelling was again put to good use when representatives of the Library of Congress interviewed him for more than half a day regarding his war experiences.

      Barr is survived (and missed!) by his beloved wife of 65 years, Maidie (Sackett) Barr, three daughters, Bette Barr, Anne Drake and Kathleen Bryant, grandson Cory, two granddaughters, Julia and Natalie, and two great grandchildren.

      Memorial graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in the Evergreen Cemetery with Father Tim Cherry officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Paris Junior College scholarship fund.


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