On Friday night August 3rd 2018; the world lost a loved and cherished woman, and heaven opened its gates to celebrate the arrival of Barbara June Peacock. Barbara was born in Mineola, TX on May 12th, 1934 to Roy and Gladys Peacock. Her family lived in Canton, TX, and then moved to Mineola in 1944, where she grew up along with her younger brother Ronnie and younger sister Linda. She graduated from Mineola High School in 1951. Barbara was beautiful, outgoing, full of life, always smiling, and never met a stranger. She was a High School Football Sweetheart, the Watermelon Queen of 1951, and won the talent section of the Holiday in Dixie beauty pageant. She attended the Stamps Baxter School of Music and graduated from North Texas State College in 1955.
Barbara was a musical genius; able to hear a tune and play it by ear on the piano, keyboard or accordion.
Much to the surprise of her parents, Barbara at the young age of two, could hear a song on the radio one time and then sing it in its entirety.
Barbara’s career was that of a school teacher, not only conveying knowledge to her students but leaving a lasting impact and winning their hearts. She is fondly remembered by literally hundreds of her former students and colleagues, receiving cards and letters throughout the years. She taught High School English, Speech, Drama, and American History, in Dallas, Mineola, Shreveport, and Haughton, LA, where she spent the last 20 years of her career. After retiring, she moved back home to Mineola where she continued her love of the theater by acting and directing plays at the Lake Country Playhouse and LaSalle Theater in Mineola. Barbara served for a time as President of Lake Country Playhouse, a member of P.E.O. and the Rotary Club of Mineola where she was a Paul Harris Fellow. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mineola, TX.
She suffered a debilitating stroke in 1998, which not only robbed her of the ability to use her right arm and leg, but also left her with severe expressive aphasia. Although her life was turned upside down with her gifts and talents being stripped away, she showed the world how to face adversity. She inspired a multitude of people fortunate enough to have known her through her positive attitude, beautiful spirit, and infectious smile that never wavered up to her dying days.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; Roy and Gladys Peacock, and brother, Ronnie Peacock. She is survived by her sister, Linda Peacock Rhodes and her husband Don of Mineola, as well as, three sons: Dr. Timothy Lee Vanderslice of New York City, James Lane Vanderslice and his wife Sharion of Liberty City, TX, and Joseph Todd Lochner of Memphis, TN. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Mark Vanderslice and wife Aubrey, Matthew Vanderslice, John Lochner and James Lochner.
To celebrate her life, the family will be hosting a visitation on Monday, August 6th from 6:00p – 8:00p, at Beaty Funeral Home located just north of Mineola (address: 5320 South State Hwy 37, Mineola, TX). Her funeral service will be held there as well on Tuesday, August 7th at 10:00am. Serving as pallbearers will be: Myron Palmer, Frank Taylor, Gary Peacock, Jimmy Phillips, Trazell Timons, and Brett Nelson.