A brother Georgia Freemason died on Friday.
I never met him. I'd never even heard of him. I'm sorry I didn't know him. It sounds like he was an interesting man.
Bro. David Barrett, 69, was well-known by thousands of metro Atlanta school children as "Soldier Man."
Called a "walking Civil War history lesson," Bro. Barrett spoke at elementary and middle schools throughout the area, and taught at the Gwinnett History Museum's Civil War Camp.
"He was interested in teaching them about the common life of the soldier," said his wife, Brenda Barrett. "He portrayed both sides. Lots of times he would do a Confederate soldier, then switch right over and do federal."
Bro. Barrett was a retired plumber. He was a member of Clarkston Masonic Lodge No. 492.
For the past 25 years, he had taken part in numerous Civil War re-enactments.
And now, just as we all will one day become, he is one of The Passersby on the road home.
Image: Bro. David Barrett
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