Allen Barber wasn’t the person that came to mind when you thought about suicide.
A talented singer and actor, he had a beautiful baritone voice and was a member of the elite Montevallo Chamber Singers in college.
“He was well-liked, cared deeply for his family and friends and cared deeply about everything that went on around him,” said his mother, Lydia Barber.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Allen took his own life at age 19 on Oct. 27, 2010.
“We were in shock, devastated and lost,” said his mother, Lydia Barber of Daphne.
To deal with the grief and in hope of helping others avoid the pain her family went through, Barber got involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Since 2012, she’s been the chairperson of the Out of the Darkness Walk in Daphne, an annual fundraiser that not