Rayford Barger, A Lifelong Teague Banker
10/17/2013 by BY MIMI BROWN
When Mr. Rayford Barger was asked why he chose to go to work for First National Bank in Teague, he simply said, ?I needed a job.? He had just been honorably discharged from the United States Army and returned to his hometown of Teague.
Rayford Barger was born on August 12, 1925 in rural Freestone County and was raised where his parents, Henry Edgar and Nettie Christian Barger, were farming. His parents were also born and raised in the rural Teague area. He had seven siblings, Billy Joe, Wynema, Les, Velma, Cleo, Glenda, and Jerry. Rayford graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1942 and in 1944 he was in the U.S. Army basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. Before he was sent overseas, he was picked up at Fort Hood and taken to Mart to marry Marie Lamberth on December 23, 1944. They weren?t married long when he was sent to the European Theater to fight in France, Belgium, and Germany. He ended his tour of duty in 1946 and came back to Teague and Marie with a Purple Heart being wounded in Germany.
Upon his return, Mr. Barger worked several jobs. One was at McSpadden?s Grocery. In February of 1953, he was hired at First National Bank as a teller and worked his way up to Vice President. For many years Mr. Barger worked for the bank and the people of Teague. He and Marie were very active in the community, helping with every event and fundraiser. Rayford Barger was president of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Through his banking years he was able to help many area people get through hard times or be able to make life nicer with loans for items such as new homes and vehicles. He, along with bank president Clydell McSpadden, and co-vice president, Craig McSpadden, was instrumental in getting donations from the bank for many civic endeavors. After First National Bank closed, Mr. Barger went to work for the new Citizens National Bank and retired in 1990 with 37 years of service.
Rayford and Marie raised three children in Teague and they all still live in Teague. They are Karen Barger Steel and husband Frank have three children, Audry, Emily and Wyatt; Randy Barger and wife Gloria have four children, Carla, David, Adam and Katie; Annette Barger Irwin and husband Neal have two boys, Phillip and Andrew.
On December 23, 2013 Rayford and Marie Barger will celebrate 69 years of marriage. Rayford Barger is a man who was dedicated to his family, to Teague, to his job, and forever dedicated to Marie.