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Fort Myers News-Press, Novembe 18, 1950 - Goodland, Nov. 17 - Mrs. Tommie C. Barfield, Collier County's first school superintendent and a leader in community life on Marco Island for nearly 30 years, died at her home here this afternoon. Mrs. Barfield, 63, was appointed county superintendent of pbulic instruction by the late Gov. C. A. Hardee when Collier was formed from Lee County in July, 1923. She held the position until ill health forced her resignation last year. In addition to large real estate holdings in this county, she owned the Marco Lodge. She was a trusted employee of the late Barron Collier and worked for the Collier Corp. for 23 years. Mrs. Barfield was born in Cordele, Ga., July 20, 1887. She was the widow of James M. Barfield. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Vogstad and Mrs. Elva B. Griffis of Marco, two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Vickers of Coral Gables and Mrs. Nona Foster, Miami; two brothers, Harvey B. Stephens of Naples and John R. Stephens of Goodland; a grandson, Jimmie Dyches, Marco, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Leo Engelhardt Funeral Home, Fort Myers.