Barbara Ann Parrish-Greene was born to Lawrence Cornell Parrish Sr. and Emma Mae Hendly Parrish on October 21, 1939 in Orlando, Florida. Barbara passed away on September 23, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 80. She graduated from Jones High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1957. She then went on to attend Howard University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Biology. Barbara received her Master of Science from Howard University in August 1966, additionally during her last year of study she did research at Howard’s School of Dentistry. Later she went to D.C. Teacher’s College and received her teaching degree and subsequently taught at Leslie P. Hill Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA. for three years. In addition Barbara received her Masters in Education from Temple University in May 1980. She was a dedicated educator who also taught biology at Springfield High School, in Philadelphia, PA. from 1977 until she retired in 2000. Barbara was inducted into the Springfield High School Achievers Hall of Fame in 2015.
Barbara’s first marriage was to Howard Coombs of Washington, D.C. She later married Thomas Greene in Orlando, Florida in 1991 and in 2000 she relocated to San Antonio, Texas with Thomas. Barbara and Thomas were old friends from High School. They were born one month apart and lived on the same street. Barbara was a devout Christian and a member of Second Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She was an active member, who dedicated her time to updating the Black History display monthly. Barbara also liked to dabble in her side passion of singing and was a member of the Choir at the church. Additionally, Barbara helped out members with transportation needs as well as providing temporary living arrangements for various members who needed help. More also, Barbara was a proud and active member of the first historically African American Greek-lettered sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Barbara loved family and enjoyed attending the Lockett family reunion yearly. Cornelius “Randy” Lockett Jr. was her cousin, they were close growing up and later in life reconnected. Through his introduction Barbara started participating in and deeply enjoyed the Lockett family reunions. Over the years she became an ardent supporter who hosted two of the Lockett family reunions in Texas. After the passing of her husband, Thomas Greene, Barbara developed a fond relationship with Janet Greene, Thomas’s prior wife. Barbara and Janet participated in a number of events together to include the Lockett Family reunions. The Lockett’s adopted Janet and over the years the families developed a close bond.
To cherish Barbara’s memory she leaves her brother Larry Parrish, niece Mia Smith and her twin boys Darius and Mathias. She also leaves her step-children, Tanya Sterling, Thomas Davis-Greene (Darda), Richard Greene (Elizabeth), Tara Smith (Earle) and Christopher Greene (Trish). She adored her grandchildren, Ennis Brandon Sterling, Tanya Marie Sterling, Brian Sterling, Chance Wallwork, Tavyn Thuringer, Richard Greene, Brandon Briggs, Alyssa Briggs, Courtney Briggs, Jacob Greene and Andrew Greene. She leaves behind great grandchildren Patience Sterling, Jaiden Sterling, Delaney Rutledge, Olivia Thuringer and Reagan Briggs as well as a host of other family and friends.
Barbara Ann Parrish-Greene was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Parrish Sr, and Emma Mae Hendly, her husband, Thomas Greene and her grandson Ennis Brandon Sterling.
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