Ada Louise Barkley

June 12, 1926November 20, 2020

Ada Louise Barkley was born June 12, 1926 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Raymond and Mabel Wells. They moved to Little Rock, Arkansas soon after. They lived most of the years on Maple Street and Ada had many “Maple Street Memories.” Many members of the Church of Christ lived close by. Ada soon became aware of the church and the Bible. Her grandmother Brinningstall died in their home on Maple. At her funeral they sang “What A Friend We Have in Jesus.” This is one of Ada’s favorite songs, she loved to sing all the old hymns. She is preceded in death by her beloved Howard, who she met and married in N.L.R., Arkansas in 1942. They were married 63 years when Howard passed away. Their home was blessed with four children, Ron, Candice, Sharon and Grady. They have 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren (and counting). Many friends and loved ones both in Forgan, OK. (where they lived and raised their children) and in San Angelo where they lived since 1977. Ada had four sisters and a foster brother. She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Rosa and Frances and brother, Lester. Ada worked on the church bulletin and taught children and Ladies Class in Forgan. She also taught the Ladies Class at North Chadbourne Church of Christ where she and Howard were members. She also spent four of five summers being a counselor at Boiling Springs Christian Youth Camp at Woodward, OK. She is survived by her children, Ron Barkley of Kerrville, Candice Randall and husband, Rick of Vici, OK, Grady Barkley and wife, Erma on Converse, TX. and Sharon Truhlar of Virginia Beach, VA.; 14 grandchildren along with mentored grandchildren, Tammy and Nick and their mother, Sandi and stepfather, Brian Craig and foster daughter, April of Lubbock along with many friends in San Angelo, Oklahoma and Kansas. Sisters, Elizabeth Lane and husband, Bob of N.O., LA. and Emma Rabe of Woodward, OK she also leaves behind a good many nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond of. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in the chapel of Johnson’s Funeral Home with interment to follow in Johnson’s Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


  • Howard Barkley, Husband (deceased)
  • Rosa, Sister (deceased)
  • Frances, Sister (deceased)
  • Lester, Brother (deceased)
  • Ron Barkley, Son
  • Candice Randall (Rick), Daughter
  • Grady Barkley (Erma), Son
  • Sharon Truhlar, Daughter
  • 14, Grandchildren
  • Tammy and Nick, Mentored Grandchildren
  • Sandi Craig (Brian), Close Friend
  • April, Foster Daughter
  • Elizabeth Lane (Bob), Sister
  • Emma Rabe, Sister
  • She also leaves behind a good many nieces and nephews.

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Miranda Lane Gill

November 22, 2020

I have great memories from my childhood when my grandmother (Elizabeth) and I would go visit aunt Ada and uncle Howard in Texas for a few weeks at a time on summer break. I'll never forget my first experience with a tornado and aunt Ada and my grandmother ran around the house and got every pillow they could find and stuffed me in the hall bathtub full of blankets and pillows in the dark of the night. We heard a loud bang and grandma yells its starting, well the tornado ended up missing us but the loud bang was aunt Ada making her way back to her closet after making sure I was nice and safe in my pillow fortress. Poor aunt Ada ended up with a black eye from a doorknob for weeks, but she didn't care she was just happy that everyone was safe. Such a loving soul!Rest easy aunt Ada and give my grandmother a great big hug for me!! love you!

Linda Lunsford

November 22, 2020

As a young girl we spent many family get togethers at my Aunt Ada's house playing in the yard and with her cats. Aunt Ada and Uncle Howard were like a second mom and dad to me. I also remember going to church with Aunt Ada and singing the good old gospel tunes. I am grateful for the times we shared and the memories she has left behind. Until we meet again.

Your loving niece,


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