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Barbara Peebles: a 'special angel'

Posted: September 1, 2011 11:52 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

On June 15, God called one of his “special angels” home. Barbara was a special needs person. To me she was just a special person. When Barbara was born, she wasn’t given much chance to live, but because of God’s grace, her parents’ and family’s love and the care of her doctors, she lived a good and long life.

I taught Barbara for several years in a special physical education class. Rather, she was in my class and ended up teaching me far more than I taught her. I’d like to tell you a little about Barbara in case you didn’t have the privilege of knowing her. She taught me a lot, but I think it can be summed up in these main words -- live, love and laugh.

Barbara knew how to live. She lived every day to its fullest. She lived by the principle of yesterday is gone, tomorrow hasn’t come and the most important time is today. That was her philosophy. She was a friend to everyone and treated people fairly. She had a positive attitude and did her best at everything she undertook, including playing on a softball team sponsored by the Kershaw County Recreation Department.

She also knew how to love. She loved everything and everybody. She loved football and the Camden Bulldogs. She loved the picture of the bulldog which hung in the old Camden High School gym. Barbara loved her cat. She loved her parents, her family, her church and her pastor. She really loved dressing up and going to church, and she really loved God. She loved and appreciated the many little things we often take for granted.

Barbara knew how to laugh. She could laugh at herself and had a great sense of humor. On our walks at school she would laugh about trying to catch a bird. She could always come up with something funny, and her smile would melt your heart. She reminded us that laughter is the best medicine possible when you’re feeling down or having a bad day.

Barbara did teach us many things including how to live, love and laugh. If one’s life is a sermon to others, Barbara was one of the best preachers ever. She was a perfect example of taking advantage of the opportunities one has in this life. T.L. Leslie said, “The game of life is not so much holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.” Barbara made Camden and this world a better place to live and I believe Heaven is a little better because she’s there. Barbara Peebles truly was a special person.

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