Barringer, Lena Mae

Lena Mae Barringer, undated. Courtesy of Elizabeth Deal.

Lena Mae Barringer, undated. Courtesy of Kay Foil Wynter.

Lena Mae Barringer Goodman, c. Dec 1954. Courtesy of Kay Foil Wynter.












Concord Tribune caption, undated, c. 1950s. “‘Miss Lena’ Goodman will do her part to make the Lutheran Evangelism Mission a success by serving on the Telephone committee. Miss Lena’s philosophies make her very popular with adults and children alike. She taught school for 27 years and was the first woman in Mt. Pleasant to drive a car.” (Tribune Photo by Marvin Eury)

Attended class of 1899

Birth: 8 Apr 1880, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 25 Jan 1962, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

William Gibson Barringer (1846 – 1917)
Mary Adeline Walker Barringer (1838 – 1919)

John Thomas Goodman (1878-1936)
Married: 17 Apr 1932

John Lawson DeBerry Barringer (1868 – 1920)
William Adolphus Barringer (1870 – 1940)
Lillie A. V. Barringer (1871 – 1879)
James Gilbert Barringer (1872 – 1940)
Ina Belle Barringer Seaford (1877-1966)
Annie Caroline Barringer Foil (1882 – 1962)

Oakwood Cemetery
Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Source:, #30388970.




The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 20 Apr 1932, p.7.

Miss Barringer Becomes Bride of Mr. Goodman
Marriage of Mount Pleasant Girl and Concord Man Solemnized at Parsonage.

Special to the Charlotte Observer
CONCORD, April 19 – In a ceremony characterized by quiet simplicity, Miss Lena Barringer of Mount Pleasant and John Goodman of Concord were united in marriage Sunday afternoon, in the Lutheran parsonage at Mount Pleasant. A number of close relatives and friends witnessed the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. John W. Link, pastor of the bride.

Prior to the ceremony, Mrs. John W. Link sang “At Dawning,” by Cadman, and the marriage hymn, “O Perfect Love.” The piano accompaniments were played by Miss Bess Heilig.

To the familiar strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march, the couple entered together, unattended. Throughout the ceremony Miss Heilig played softly “To a Wild Rose,” by McDowell.

The bride was most attractive in an ensemble of powder blue.

Soon after the ceremony, the couple left for Charlotte. On their return to Concord, they will occupy one of the Grady apartments on East Corbin street.

Mrs. Goodman is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Barringer. For a number of years she has taught in various graded schools.

Mr. Goodman, a well known resident of Concord, is connected with the Concord Bottling works.


Concord Tribune (Concord, NC), undated, c. 1950s. Clipping courtesy of Kay Foil Wynter.

Mrs. Goodman Preparing For Evangelism Mission

Tribune Staff Writer
“We get out of life exactly what we put into it,” Mrs. John T. Goodman said yesterday as she made last-minute preparations for her part in the Lutheran Evangelism Mission Feb. 10-14.

Mrs. Goodman, known affectionately as “Miss Lena,” had been named a member of the Telephone committee at St. James Lutheran Church, where she has been a member since 1932.

“I’ve been a Lutheran all my life,” Miss Lena said. “I was born a Lutheran and will die a Lutheran,” she said with a big smile on her face. Prior to 1932 she was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran in Mt. Pleasant.

She failed to divulge her age but added that a number of years doesn’t make a person old. “You’re only as old as you feel,” Miss Lena said.

She is the former Miss Lena Barringer, and was born in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Barringer. She now lives at 132 S. Spring St. with Mr and Mrs. Bill Foil.

A school teacher for 27 years, Miss Lena said she “thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.” Her advice to young people aspiring to teach is to “put your heart in it.”

“Teaching is next to preaching,” she said.

Among the many schools at which Miss Lena taught are Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Hartsell, Georgeville and a few smaller ones that have since been consolidated.

“My first school,” she said, “was a little two-teacher school. By brother was the principal and taught the older students. I was the other teacher and taught the primary grades.”

Miss Lena has always loved children, and taught almost entirely children of primary ages. She received her education at Mount Amoena [sic] Seminary, Mt. Pleasant, and at Chapel Hill and Catawba College.

Her life has been full of rich experiences and she laughed aloud as she recalled her younger life when horse and buggy gave way to gas buggies.

“I was the first woman in Mt. Pleasant to own a car,” she laughed. “There were only two other cars there when I got my first car.

“I’ll never forget that car,” she said. “It was a Briscoe and wasn’t wort $500 although I gave $1000 for it.

“It was the first thing I ever bought that I didn’t pay cash for. My father had always warned against buying things on installments, and his teaching always remained with me.” she added.

R. Brown McAllister, city school superintendent, said he remembered well Miss Lena’s car. “All the kids in the neighborhood would jump on it,” he recalled. “More kids rode in it to school than the modern school bus could carry!”

But, the pride of Miss Lena’s younger life was a Buick she purchased about the time of World War I. “What a car that was,” Miss Lena sighed. It was equally accompanied by the hordes of kids begging rides.

Miss Lena recalled one experience she had with her horse an buggy. She drove her father’s team across a creek every day to a small school where she was teaching. “One day the water came over the bridge,” she smiled, “and I was waterbound.

“The horse left the bridge and began swimming to the other side,” Miss Lena laughed. “I said if I got to the other side, I’d be willing to stay, and I did spend that night on the other side of the creek.

“Those were the days,” Miss Lena said, “when it took a whole day to come to Concord and return home.”

As she talked about the low pay of teachers in the earlier days, Miss Lena said, “I don’t know how we made it in those days on the little pay we got, much less drive Buicks. But,” she added, we did all right.”

Miss Lena’s home is always full of visitors. The children always confide in her with their problems and come to her for help on homework. She has kept active, and does her visiting by telephone. She said she sends “worlds of get-well and greeting cards.”

Explaining that a “grouchy person doesn’t get anywhere,” Miss Lena said she has always put God first in her life. She was confirmed as a little girl in Holy Trinity by the Rev. J. A. Linn, and has lived

in such a way that her students have had an example to follow.

She looks forward to the Mission, explaining that she hopes the churches will be filled and “there’s standing room only.” She said there will be a special prayer service in her home Feb. 8.

Miss Lena is a strong believer in tithing, and said “so many people were afraid to trust God.”

her heart’s desire is to do for others. By doing this, she said “life’s worthwhile.” And, for Miss Lena helping others comes natural, because, as she sums up her many experiences, “I love people!”