Barbara Pringle (King)
Barbara Rejoice Pringle, affectionately known to her family and friends as Barbie, was born on December 26, 1938 in Thomaston, GA. She was the fourth child born to the late Shepard and Annie Lou Maines-King.
After the death of her parents, Barbie felt she had to take on the responsibility of caring for her siblings. She was there for them when they needed her and even when they didn’t. She would call them to see if there was anything she can do to help.
Barbie assumed many other tasks in her life as well. She was employed as a domestic engineer and held positions working in an ice cream factory, making delicious ice cream cones and she worked as a telephone communication operator, helping people navigate through their difficult lives - offering guidance with her gentle tone of voice. This work did not stop her from receiving her education. Barbie was self educated and worked diligently to receive her high school diploma.
Shortly thereafter, Barbie met and married the late John Earl Pringle, Jr. in 1953 from Boston, MA. From this union they had 8 children.
While residing in Boston, Barbie’s hobbies were helping various family engagement efforts in the community, such as the outreach programs, ABCD programs, neighborhood activities, feeding the neighborhood, playing bingo, playing cards, dancing and shouting, but above all, her favorite activities were those she was able to do with her children and grandchildren. She had the passion for singing gospel songs with them because they all have the gift of music for the Lord. She would always say, “this is what keeps me… the love my children have for me and for one another.”
She leaves to mourn: her children Linda A. Pringle, Lucille E. Pringle, Helen P. Pringle, William J. Pringle, Barbara Pringle, Sharlene Pringle, and Thomas A. Pringle; her sisters Annie Holley and Bonita Hernandez - her husband Vincent; and her brother, Lenwood King - his wife bonnie King, and her sister in-law Frankie King.
She will be forever loved by: her daughter in-law Joyce Dancy and her son in-law David Haskins; her spiritual sister Sharon Noble; her god daughter Sahala Noble; and a host of grand children, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She will always be remembered by her many meaningful friends that stood by her throughout the years.
“I truly love each and every one of you unconditionally. I will miss you greatly as a depart from this earth until we meet again.”
She was truly remarkable and a phenomenal woman. She was the embodiment of love, wisdom, and compassion. She was a teacher and a mentor nurturing all of us spiritually - bringing in high principals and spiritual values. She was a stimulus and an encourager - forever impacting the lives of her children, grandchildren, all of her family members, friends, and those that lived in the neighborhoods she was a part of. She is leaving us with her legacy and encompassing us with the power of her love.
She will be greeted at heavens gates by her husband John, her parents Shepard and Annie Lou, her son John Jr., and her granddaughter Shakora.
It was a blessing to have had her as long as we did. Well done great and faithful servant of God. You are greatly loved and will be truly missed.
A Viewing will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by Funeral Service at 11:00 O’clock at St. John Missionary Baptist Church 230 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119
Interment: Blue Hill Cemetery
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home