By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The common belief is that a person might leave their hometown, but in the end, they almost always come back. Mosley Lee Barfield is a living example of that belief. She was born and raised in Madison. She attended school at Madison County High School, MCTS back then, and graduated from there in 1957.
Growing up, some of Mosley’s hobbies included sewing, fishing, playing basketball and hopscotch, jumping rope, playing springboard and playing baseball. She grew up working in the tobacco and cotton fields, and that was how she made her money. Any extra money that she had went to buying fabric, needles and thread. She was taught from an early age how to make her own clothes.
Following her high school graduation, she married Frank A. Barfield. In 1957 they moved to Orlando, but returned to Madison in 1964 to open their own restaurant. They then divorced and Mosley began working at ITT. She stayed with ITT for 23 and a half years. After ITT closed she went to work for Levi Strauss Co. making jeans. She stayed there for five years before she retired.
After retiring, Mosley began volunteering at the Madison Senior Citizens Center. She helps with arts and crafts, sewing and she is also a van driver for them. Sewing has always been one of her favorite hobbies. She continues to sew today, collecting patterns, sewing for people and making alterations from home. She also enjoys quilting.
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.