Mr. John M. “Bingo” Barringer, 79 of Carthage died July 28, 2014.

            Born in Carthage, where he lived his entire life, Mr. Barringer was the son of the late Charles Franklin and Annie Ruth McIver Barringer.  He was a graduate of the UNC School of Pharmacy and for years, a partner at Shields Drug in Carthage.  He later worked in retail pharmacies throughout the area until his retirement in 1996.  He continued as a member of the North Carolina and the Moore County Pharmacy Associations.

            Mr. Barringer was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, having served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and on numerous committees.   More importantly, He and Elizabeth raised their family also to be faithful servants of the church.

He was a Mason for 58 years.  He served on the Board of Directors of First Carolina Bank and the Moore County Chapter of American Red Cross.  He was a member of the Carthage Jaycees, who presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in 1969, and a member of Carthage Volunteer Fire Department for twenty years.  In 1991, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award from The Rotary Club.  Mr. Barringer was a member of the Southern Pines Elks Lodge # 1692, where he particularly enjoyed serving on the committee to send eligible boys to Elk’s Camp.  He was an Eagle Scout as a youngster and later became a Scout Master.

            John enjoyed family, children, animals, books, parades and magic.  He and Elizabeth enjoyed years of fellowship with dear friends, old and new.  Both loved Carthage and supported town functions and school activities.  He was a “people person” who loved talking with people, if not in person; on the phone.  Family and friends will long remember the yearly “Happy Birthday” chorus sung to them by “Bingo” and for years, accompanied by his dog Lucy. 

            In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother, Charles F. Barringer, Jr., and sisters, Ruth Barringer Nowell and Betty Barringer Thacker.

          The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home Wednesday, July 30, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 31 at First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, conducted by the Rev. Dr. William M. Clark and Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Currie.  The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center after the service. A private interment will be held at Cross Hill Cemetery at a later date.

            He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Clark Barringer, formerly of Jackson Springs; daughters, Ruth Clark Barringer Smearman and her husband, Scott, of Wagram and Elizabeth “Beth” Barringer Houff and her husband, Bowen “Bo”, of Lewisville; granddaughter, Hannah Houff of Lewisville; grandsons, Lt Jared Smearman and wife, Elizabeth of Aldie, VA, James Smearman and wife Jenny of Raleigh, and Samuel Houff and wife, Elissa of Charlotte; Great grandson, Sawyer Evans Smearman.  Also surviving are nieces, nephews and many special friends.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Carthage Building Fund, P.O. Box 397, Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. I’m really sorry for the lost of John. When my grandfather died a few years ago I found reading the bible to be very comforting. One scripture I like is in John chapter 5 verse 28,29 which shows that people who die will be resurrected here on earth. Then

  2. A dear friend to so many and a man who thought more of others than himself. What a gap he will leave in our community and in our hearts. To Elizabeth, Clark and all the family, my heart is heavy for you and I pray for God’s peace and strength to be with y

  3. Bingo’ was a really great example of what a human being should be! He was always kind and friendly to everyone he met! He sponsored my sons in camp several summers and I will never forget that! He will never be forgotten. My prayers and sympathy go out to

  4. Bingo was everyone’s friend, but I am honored to call him my friend. We have had several good times together and I would never take anything in the world for the memories. He was a staple of the area…..when I would be out of town and someone asked me ab

  5. Bingo will be dearly missed by all that knew him, his passing is definitely a great loss for this world but a massive gain for Heaven!

  6. I just heard a short time ago and I am stunned…I just can’t take it in. Needless to say he was one of the most special people to ever walk the earth and will be greatly missed by all. I’ll use his own words about another wonderful man now gone to descri

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Bingo was a SUPER friend to everyone he saw. God Bless you.

  8. Our sympathies are with you snd the family. Both Rob and Bill send the girls their thoughts and prayers. Love, Louise and Ray

  9. Bingo was one of the finest human beings to walk on the face of this earth. He was an inspiration to every person he ever met. I live in hope to be half as kind, warm, caring and funny for just one day as Bingo was every day I every day I spent with him.

  10. Elizabeth and family, I am so sorry to hear about John! One of the brightest lights in Carthage went out Monday. I know your hearts are heavy as is mine but I encourage you to try to keep him close by telling a joke or giving someone a huge hug because th

  11. Bingo was a good friend to both of us. He was always jovial and positive in every way. We will miss him very much in the coming years. Carthage has lost an icon. Our most sincere condolences to Elizabeth and the entire family. We are both out of town, and

  12. Elizabeth, Clark and Beth, we are so sorry for your loss. Bingo will be missed by us and so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Elizabeth and family – I was so sorry to hear the new of John’s passing from another member of my computer classes that was in a few classes with John and knew I was out of town. He was a true treasure and I consider myself lucky to have met him and call

  14. Bingo’ was a very special friend to my Carthage family. He was a wonderful pharmacist to whom many relied upon providing a service for their health care. He served his home town community in numerous ways, and always with a smile. Bingo had a wonderful se

  15. We were never lucky enough to meet Mr. Barringer but have heard such endearing stories from his daughter, Beth. He obviously lived with kindness and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about John. Heaven certainly received the best of the best. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve John as one of his water instructors. He always made me smile and laugh. He will be deeply missed. Elizabeth, please know you a

  17. I remember seeing Bingo every Sunday in church when I was a little girl. I am very saddened by the sudden loss of such a beautiful Christian man. I saw Elizabeth and Bingo in every water aerobics class at the Fitness Center where I work. Actually, I don’t

  18. Bingo was a true friend that we knew for years. Glenda grew up with Bingo and they played together as kids. Bingo and Ken kept a friendly rivalry going at writing limericks. Carthage will truly miss him. Rest in peace, Bingo.

  19. Elizabeth you are in our thoughts and prayers as today you meet so many to rejoice on the life of John who I have always known as Bingo. What a great ringing jovial name for a man who lighted every corner wherever he met with friends and strangers. Bingo

  20. Today I received the tragic news about John’s death. I am so very sorry. I will always remember him, smiling and laughing in our water aerobics class.

    May all the good memories give you strength during this difficult time.

    Wish I lived

  21. I met Bingo when our Chamber began its Carthage Council and began working on the first Buggy Festival! I was the Carthage Council’s ‘Chamber staff person’ and one could never believe what a help he was to me in the Council early stages. Bingo, Sherwood La

  22. Jerry ‘Smiley’ McLean Posted Wed July 30, 2014

    Bingo was a true friend and my good buddy for 70 years. We were classmates since 3rd grade when I first moved to Carthage. I spent lots of time in his home; his Mother was very special an

  23. So sorry for your lose. My mother Lucille Barber Crissman and Dad, Robert Gus Crissman both were in the same grade as Bingo at Carthage high. We all thought the world of Bingo. He always had a smile and a kind word. God Bless.

  24. So saddened by the news. I feel honored to have known such a wonderful man who was always smiling. He will be missed. Heaven gained another angel!

  25. We were saddened to learn of Bingo’s passing but privileged to have known such a wonderful man. May God bless you and your family during the upcoming days.

  26. I am sorry to hear about ‘Bingo” passing. He never met a stranger and was a wonderful people person. Carthage has lost a great Treasure.

  27. Dear Elizabeth, Clark, Beth and family, Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. John was that person you loved from the first time you met him. My dad couldn’t wait to hear all of John’s latest jokes. He will be remembered by many. He was a wonderf

  28. I am so saddened by the loss of John. He was one of my favorites in our deep water jogging class. He always had a cheerful kind word and a big smile. He will be missed. Elizabeth you will be in my thoughts and prayers and it is comforting to know you have

  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as we think back with the very fondest of memories of you all. Moving to a new place and almost immediately meeting the friendliest person one can imagine was our great experience as Bingo welcomed us

  30. Family of ‘Bingo’ Barringer

    We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family at the death of your loved one. Although we have not been in touch with this family, we remember, fondly, ‘Bingo’. He and my brother are the same age.

    I rem

  31. I’m going to miss Bingo so much. He’s meant a lot to my family since I was a little kid and he was the druggist in town. When I had my first child I knew nothing about diaper rash. Bingo came to the rescue with his fanny cream concoction. I doubt anything

  32. I have just found out about Bingo’s death. What a loss we all share but think how much brighter Heaven is with him there. He is going to be missed! What will Carthage be like without him. Love to all the family. Sarah

  33. So sorry to hear about John. I will always remember him joking and laughing.

    He always brought the fun with him. I’m so sorry for your loss.



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