Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1933 RJC

CATHERINE BARKER ALLISON, age 90, died Dec. 21, 2005 in Abilene, TX, with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery at Sweetwater, TX. Catherine was born on Nov. 9, 1915 in Big Spring, TX. She married George Edwin Allison (RHS-1933) in Aug. of 1937 at Ranger, TX. She started her banking career at the age of 17 at the Ranger Community State Bank; she graduated from Ranger High School & Ranger Jr. College and attended South- western Banking School at SMU; she was the first woman to serve on a financial board in Nolan County. She was employed by First National Bank on July 11, 1954; she had been Executive Vice President of the First National Bank in Sweetwater and started their Trust Department 50 years ago on Feb. 10, 1956; she was a member & secretary of the Board of Directors for the bank from 1980 until 2000; she was an officer for the Texas Banker's Association; lived in Sweetwater since 1945 and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Baptist Memorial Ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention for 26 years and served as chairman several years. She was on the committee that developed Sagecrest. Survivors include: sister, Elizabeth Barker Ball (RHS- 1942) of Arlington, TX; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Edwin Allison, on October 6, 1998; two sisters; Hazel Barker Harris (RHS-1936), Clara Barker Singleton (RHS-1930); & three brothers, Edgar Barker (RHS-1930), Gates Barker (RHS-1937), & Robert Lee Barker (RHS-1944).