I was born in Memphis, Tn. on August 3,1922 at 183 Exchange St. This was during the great Depression of the 1920ís - I had two siblings, J.E. and James Barksdale. Things were tough during this period. My dad and mother were Earl and Bessie Barksdale. With the help of soup kitchens, and dad doing any type job he could find, we made it through these hard times. I attended public schools and finished at dear ole Humes High.. My wife Betty was my childhood sweetheart. We married Sept.1st, 1939 and some people said it would never work, because of my wanderlust and my strong desire to see the world - itís a marriage that lasted 68 years. Of course there were bumps in the road, but we were determined to make it work. My family was so poor that we couldn't afford a camera, so I don't have any pictures of myself or my family when I was a boy.
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