January 18, 2013

James Carlisle Barringer

Born in St. Louis on August 9, 1922, James Carlisle “Carl” Barringer passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Carl moved to Glendale, California in 1925 and attended schools in Glendale, graduating from Hoover High School in 1940. He entered Stanford University in the fall of 1941 and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in spring of 1942.

In the summer of 1942 Carl enlisted in the Army Reserve program and was called to active duty in April 1943. He did basic training in tank destroyers at Fort Hood in Texas. He was sent to the University of Michigan in the fall of 1943 with the Army Specialized Training Program, and then when the program broke up he was sent to the infantry in February 1944.

Carl joined Terry Allen’s 104th Infantry Division (The Timberwolves) at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They arrived in France in September 1944 and entered into combat in October in Holland with the Canadian First Army with British support, fighting through Belgium and Holland to free the approaches to the Port of Antwerp.

In November 1944 Carl shifted to the American First Army at Aachen and fought through the Rhineland to Cologne. They crossed the Rhine River at the Remagen Bridgehead, through central Germany, to contact with the Russians above Leipiz in April 1945.

Carl was a sergeant and squad leader with the 413th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded a Combat Infantryman’s Badge and three battle stars. The 104th Division was scheduled for the secondary invasion of Japan, above Tokyo, when World War II ended.

Carl returned to Stanford in the spring of 1946 and met Catherine Morris. They were married in July of 1948 and moved to Santa Paula as part of Barringer & Botke, General Contractors.

He joined the Santa Paula Rotary Club in 1952, and served as president 1960 to 1961. Carl obtained his private pilot’s license in 1954. Carl was president of the Chamber of Commerce 1980 to 1981, and was named Citizen of the Year for 1981. He was a founding (1984) and continuing member of the Blanchard Library Endowment Committee, and a past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2043 (1998-2001).

Carl served as a Santa Paula city councilman from 1982 to 1990, and was mayor for the terms 1983 to 1984 and again 1989 to 1990. While a councilman he instigated the Redevelopment Program for the City of Santa Paula. He was chairman from 1982 to 1992 of the Highway 126 improvement committee, and instrumental in the development of Highway 126 to four lanes from Santa Paula to Los Angeles County. 

Carl is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathy Barringer; daughter Christine Early (husband Jeffrey); sons Richard (wife Carol), William, and Robert (wife Elizabeth); seven grandchildren, Robert Early (wife Kris), Cathi Fortner (husband Kris), Alisa Fisher (husband Greg), Heather McClamroch (husband Dan), Caitlin Workman (husband Jay), and Brett and Kristen Barringer; and five great-granddaughters, Kerstin, Rachel and Ashlyn Early, Savannah Fisher, and Julia Fortner.

Everlasting gratitude to angel Martha Craig and Dr. Gary Deutsch.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 N. 7th St. in Santa Paula.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s name to Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group, P.O. Box 365, Santa Paula, CA 93061; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 N. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060; or the Frank Albert Memorial Scholarship Fund, Stanford University, 326 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305.

Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula, 525-3391.

Cynthia Adele Davis 

Cynthia Adele Davis of Santa Paula, California died on January 10, 2013 after suffering an unexpected and severe stroke. She peacefully passed away while closely surrounded by her family at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital. Cynthia was born on June 6, 1935 in Boulder, Colorado. She spent her childhood in Arcadia, California with her father, William Clinton Billig, mother, Rhea Dawn Billig, and her two brothers. She moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1953 to attend UCSB.

Cynthia married her first husband, William Thomas, while at UCSB and then graduated with a BA in Home Economics and highest honors. Cynthia and Bill started their family on a small farm in Santa Barbara. Her sons, Lindon and Matthew Thomas, grew up wearing clothes Cynthia sewed for them, ate food she grew for them and played with the many animals she loved. She taught the value of exercise by example, backpacking her way to the top of Half Dome and Mt. Whitney (at age 50).

Cynthia was passionate about art, crafts and music, and found great joy in sharing her love through teaching. Her career included over 25 years as a sewing instructor for Santa Barbara Adult Education. In 1990 Cynthia moved to Santa Paula with her second husband, Fred Davis, and in 1995 they opened her dream store, the Fabric Depot, where, for over 10 years, she sold fabric and sewing machines and taught craft classes. Cynthia also arranged beautiful flower bouquets for friends, weddings and church services. 

Throughout her life Cynthia spent time in her gardens full of flowers and vegetables, practiced ballet and yoga, and painted. One of her greatest loves was sharing her paintings. She perfected her watercolor technique with portrayals of gardens, flowers, houses, and landscapes. In retirement Cynthia learned to golf and even pilot planes with Fred. Cynthia was very spiritual and a dedicated church member, at both Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Santa Paula. For many years she visited friends, new and old, who lived alone or in nursing homes.

Cynthia was a beautiful, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Cynthia is survived by her beloved husband Fred Davis, sons Lindon (Karen) Thomas and Matthew (Beth) Thomas, grandchildren Cole, Clay and Melanie Thomas, brother John (Yoshie) Billig, sister-in-law Susan Billig, brother-in-law Delano (Phyllis) Davis, and step-daughters Heather (Steven) Brooks and Deirdre Davis. Cynthia was preceded in death by her brother James Billig.  

A celebration of Cynthia’s inspirational life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 N. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA, 93060 at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 19 (parking is available in the B. of A. parking lot or on the street). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cynthia’s name to the Flower Guild of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or to Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

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