OBITUARY

Edgar "Yossi" Neal Barkley

December 17, 1952September 6, 2012

Edgar “Yossi” Barkley, 59, of Dripping Springs, Texas died September 6th, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a long-time resident of Southern California, maintaining residences in Manhattan Beach, Big Bear Lake and Rancho Mirage before moving back to Texas in 2009.

Ed graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Tyler, Texas, 1971, and was an alumnus of West Texas A&M University, 1978, and The Anderson School of Business, UCLA, 1994. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternal order. From 1979–1983 he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force at the Static War Headquarters in Boerfink, Germany, and as a program officer for testing and evaluating Research and Development weapons systems for the Tactical Air Warfare Center at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, FL.

In 1984, he was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA as the business manager of the MILSTAR satellite program for Travelling Wave Tube Amplifiers. In 1993, he was promoted to senior manager of strategic planning, Electro-Optical Systems Group. From 1993–1996 his primary responsibilities were to assist Hughes Corporate strategic planning divest Hughes of its defense systems business. In 1996, he joined Hughes subsidiary DIRECTV International becoming director of business development. He was involved with successfully launching DIRECTV’s services in Latin America and Japan, and worked extensively in evaluating the emerging market in China. In 1999, he returned to the U.S. and joined DIRECTV’s domestic business development department. In that new capacity, he continued to oversee DIRECTV’s international business development efforts in Asia while leading the domestic team to successfully launch DIRECTV’s commercial airline service on JetBlue Airlines in 2000. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, which led to his early retirement in 2004. In 1998, his partner James Rebman and he established an LLC to successfully launch their exclusive “deBerchelai” women’s fragrance line for Nordstrom’s department stores in Southern California.

In 2001, his life would forever change when his elder brother Robert was killed in an automobile accident. Having led a secular life up until this time, he would recount the epiphany he had upon hearing of his brother’s death—he had to ask himself, “Am I Jewish or not? Will I perform my obligation to recite kaddish for my Jewish brother or not?” Ed would tell everyone his answer: “It didn’t take me a nanosecond to decide that I had to do what a Jewish brother is obligated to do for his Jewish brother. I would recite kaddish for my brother, may he rest in peace.” And with that decision, he embarked on his journey of making teshuvah, which meant returning to practicing his Jewish faith and that meant becoming part of the Jewish religious community, which he did to the surprise of many and with the support of rabbis and some of his friends and family.

With his decision to make teshuvah, Yossi became a member of Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills and an active member of Temple Isaiah, Palm Springs where he served as a Trustee on its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Orthodox Union and was affiliated with the Orthodox community of East Denver and Congregation Rodfei Sholom, San Antonio. He was a member of numerous Jewish philanthropic and political action organizations during his lifetime, including the Jewish National Fund’s World Chairman’s Council.

On September 10, 2011 Yossi performed the 613th commandment of the Torah to write a Sefer Torah of his own, which he dedicated in loving memory to his relatives who perished in the Holocaust at Auschwitz. He donated his Sefer Torah to Congregation Rodfei Sholom, which was received by the congregation in a joyous Siyum HaTorah celebration on September 16, 2011.

He is survived by his partner of over 32 years, James Rebman, a sister, Mary Ann Cassidy and a brother, Bron Barkley, three nieces and four nephews, and five great-nieces and seven great-nephews.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at half past 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas. He will be interred with military honors with Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, Shlita of Congregation Rodfei Sholom, San Antonio, officiating the graveside service.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Jewish National Fund’s Blueprint Negev at http://support.jnf.org/goto/barkleymemorialfund.

Services

  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 9, 2012
REMEMBERING

Edgar "Yossi" Neal Barkley

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Alison Pascola

September 14, 2012

Although I have not seen you both for so many years, I will forever remember our friendship fondly. Wishing Jim and family peace and love.

Lenny Pepper

September 13, 2012

I met Yossi while at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs. He was charming, sensitive, bright, understanding...a real mensch! He was a man who handled life and all its challenges with a quiet grace that i admired greatly. Rest in peace...lenny

Dick and Yolanda Hall

September 12, 2012

Dick and I will never forget the fun and laughter we shared with Ed, Jim and the Manhattan Village group. He was a special friend to all of us and faced life and death bravely. We enjoyed watching him discover his identities, especially when he worked so hard to develop his perfume. Dick will never forget the ride back from the Nordstrom debut of his perfume. Dick got a real insight into his thoughts on sexuality. His talent, humor, lust for life, interest in art and devotion to Jim and "the kids" will never be forgotten. Ed, you will be missed but also remembered every day!

Terry Ferguson

September 12, 2012

I am deeply saddened to hear about Ed's passing. Jim: you are in my thoughts. My heartfelt sympathy to you and Ed's family. Terry Ferguson

Steven Rohlin

September 11, 2012

We are saddened to hear of Ed's passing. While we didn't know Ed or Jim very long, we certainly enjoyed their company and friendshhip when they lived near us in the Coachella Valley, Our best wishes go out to Jim and all of Ed's family.
Steve Rohlin & Doug Lawellin

Shirley & Gary Lueders

September 10, 2012

ED is such a force of nature, we cannot believe he can be gone...NO...surely he is with us still...perhaps a glittering star above us...or a beautiful flower that just burst into bloom...or just the aroma of a marvelous meal or where nature has come together to create a stunning vista...because he was all these things! I certainly hear him in my head...being profound, provocative and Profane. We are grateful for sharing 20 yrs. of his time with us.

Aveline & Eric von Ehrenberg

September 9, 2012

"Our first memories of Ed (Jim,too) was in 1987, while they were walking 'Asta' behind our house in Manhattan Village (it was still under construction). How fortunate to have had Ed as a dear friend for such a long time; he impacted our lives and will remain in our memories forever . . .

Philip Perucca

September 9, 2012

I first met Jim and Ed when both were still on active duty. We visited each other in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, San Antonio, TX, and Manhattan Beach, CA. However, I lost contact with them following their move from Manhattan Beach. Fortunately, I recently learned from a friend about their recent move to Dripping Springs. I was blessed to be able to rekindle my friendship with Ed and Jim prior to Ed's passing.
I learned many new things about Ed including his rich family history, Jewish faith, and artistic abilities. However, the partnership between Ed and Jim was still as strong as ever--one could always realize this with their devotion and support for each other.
Ed will be missed by us all, but is now in a better place free of pain and worry.

Philip Perucca

September 9, 2012

I met both Ed and Jim many years ago when both were still active duty. We visited each other in Ft Walton Beach, FL, San Antonio, TX, and Los Angeles, CA. However, I lost contact with both of them following their move from Manhattan Beach. Fortunately, I learned from a friend about their new location in Dripping Springs just recently. I consider myself blessed that I was able to visit with Ed and Jim and re-kindle our friendship before Ed's passing.
Ed's fascinating family history, Jewish faith, and artistic abilities were all new to me. However, the strong partnership between Ed and Jim was still there as strong as ever. Ed will be missed by us all, but he is finally in a place free of pain and stress.

William and Linda Hickam

September 9, 2012

Ed (and Jim) came into our lives around the time Bill was diagnosed with cancer. Ed provided the strength & encouragement Bill needed to get thru his treatment while Jim inspired & impressed Linda with his always kind & gentle care-giver skills. From that time forward, both have been two of our most favorite people. Their ability to make us laugh, fill our tummies with good food and provide some of the most memorable stories of their life together has brought us both so much joy. Watching two of our favorite people face death together is definitely sad but also heroic and inspiring. We know that Ed's spirit will remain with many of us during the years to come and are grateful for the time we all had together. We know he is finally at peace with himself and with God.

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die".

Ed continues to live in our hearts.

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