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Barb Click played key role in our diocese

One of the heroes of the diocesan reorganization has died.

Barbara Sue Neville Click died on the evening of November 10, 2012 at home surrounded by loving family.

Barb Click was among the earliest groups of lay people who began to organize prior to the departure of Bishop Iker and others from The Episcopal Church. Barbís work with the Episcopalians of Good Shepherd, Granbury, helped inform, educate, reassure and inspire Episcopalians across the diocese. She met regularly with Fort Worth Via Media, and then with the Steering Committee North Texas Episcopalians as plans were made and carried out to organize the Episcopalians in the face of a challenging split.

She continues her work of reconciliation even now, having arranged before her death to have her funeral at the historic Good Shepherd building, with her own priest, Frank Reeves, officiating. The congregation in that building has sent flowers to family along with their condolences.

Memorial and celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 at Good Shepherd Anglican Church 3600 Fall Creek Hwy in Acton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church or the Leukemia Society.

Barbara was born on July 20, 1935 in Brownwood, TX to Sam J. and Willie Neville. From an early age, Barbara sang and danced in a variety of venues from church to radio to theatrical projects. At the age of 11, she moved to Ft. Worth with her mother and stepdad, L.O. Beasley, where she attended high school in Fort Worth and Godley, TX. In Godley, Barbara met O.J. Click and they were married the next year.

The Clicks lived on ranches in Morgan Mill and Comanche where they raised their two daughters and Barbara earned a B.A. Degree from Tarleton State College. She began her teaching career in Comanche, TX. When the family moved to the Mid-Cities area where O.J. began real estate and the construction business, Barbara continued her career in Fort Worth ISD as she worked on graduate studies at University of North Texas.

Barbara's career as an educator found her teaching in Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain/Saginaw ISD where she taught English, Journalism, and was Newspaper Adviser for 16 years. After a career in teaching that covered 25 years, Barbara retired in 2004, taking on the joyful responsibility of President of Epsilon Alpha Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators. She also was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa. In a final move from Hurst, Barbara and O.J. moved to Granbury, TX where after retirement, she was able to take up her lifelong love of music with the Church of the Good Shepherd and her beloved group the Melody Belles, as well as reading, community fundraising projects and fun with PREWC and playing bridge with wonderful friends from all over Hood County.

With her husband O.J., Barbara enjoyed a variety of interests which included wide travels, tennis, bridge and horse breeding, showing and racing. They spent years living in Ruidoso, New Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas. In Ruidoso, she ran the family home and worked on projects with Church of the Mount where they were members. In Nassau, she volunteered with American Women's Club, the Heart Association and Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue. They returned to Hurst where they were active in St. Stephens Episcopal Church for 14 years. Active in Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Fort Worth until health problems arose, Barbara was a member of the Altar Guild and a Daughter of the King.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, her daughters, Barbara Gail and partner, Debbie Wheeler, of St. Louis, MO, Joella Click Denton, of Cleburne, grandchildren, Amanda Wright and Victoria Denton, great grandchildren, Tucker Wright, Kyleigh Wacasey, Kason Wacasey, and Madilyn Gloria, sister, Evelyn Schrader and husband Herman of Fort Worth, niece Carolyn Spann and husband Danny and their son Brandon and wife Stephanie of Fort Worth, nephew, Charles Holland and wife Cathy and their daughter Vanessa of Amarillo. Extended family includes Josh Wheeler and wife Karri, with precious children Caleb, Abigail and Allison Wheeler, Matthew Wheeler of Austin, and Kristin Hardin. Honored by their parents, Barbara is god-parent to Laronna McGehee Doggett and Josh and Matthew Wheeler. She leaves a family of Nevilles, Clicks and Knipes together with a host of friends and colleagues from across the country including many good friends from Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD.