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Ralph Barron has died

Longtime Barnesville city manager Ralph Barron, 96, died early Wednesday. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Breedlove Memorial Chapel and announced later. Longtime mayor Jimmy Matthews was told of Barron’s death by The Herald Gazette Wednesday morning. He noted Barron worked for the city for 40 years and spent a similar amount of time on the Aldora town council. Barron was hired by mayor Dick Woodlee in 1946.. Matthews’ grandfather, James Matthews, ran the city street and electrical departments but was badly injured when a power pole fell on him and crushed him. ”I remember being about 10 years old and sitting with granddaddy on his porch on Greenwood Street. Ralph would come up with a notebook and ask grandaddy where a pipe or a line was. Then we would get in the truck and go find it. That notebook was the beginning of the city’s utility mapping,” Matthews said. Barron also hired current city administrator Kenny Roberts when he was 18, Matthews noted.

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