Gene Autry Barfield

January 20, 1945May 4, 2012

Gene Autry Barfield, 67, of Midland, NC passed away on May 4, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 20, 1945 in Whiteville, NC and came to Charlotte in 1963. Gene began his career in sales, and in 1970 he started his corporation “Barfield’s Equipment Inc. – Outdoor Power Equipment” on Albemarle Road in Charlotte. After 30 years, Gene sold his business and began working in Sales for Toro Distributors and eventually retired in 2007. Gene’s pride and joy was his business and had a love for horse and mules. He is predeceased by his parents, Carl and Cora Barfield and three brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Judy, his children; Todd Eugene (Terri), Michael Scott (Lisa) and Tonya (Steven) Wilber, grandchildren; Haven Anthony, Jonathan Brooks and Brittney Barfield, Madeline, Abigail and Garrison Barfield, and Dylan and Tamara Wilber, one great grandchild, Aubrey Anthony, two sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his beloved dog, Bella.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:00pm at McEwen Mint Hill Chapel 7428 Matthews Mint Hill Rd Mint Hill, NC 28227. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:00am at Hopewell Baptist Church 420 Hopewell Church Road Monroe, NC 28110. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hopewell Baptist Church or Presbyterian Hospice 324 N McDowell St # 200 Charlotte, NC 28204. Please visit Gene’s online memorial at


  • Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 7, 2012

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Mike Kane

June 3, 2012

Judy and Family:

We just found this out and we are so heart broken. I actually tried to call Gene on Friday finding his phone had been disconnected. I thought perhaps something was not good and called Mike. He just searched for him and was sad to find he passed away. He just not to many weeks ago, checked on Mike regarding his cancer. He told me then he was just going to let it take its corse but was happy and felt good about his life. Judy, I'm so sorry to you and for all of your kids and grandkids, you had one great father and grandfather and Judy, on Great Husband. We will miss him so much.. He taught us so much in our younger years of starting our business and you all played a great role in helping us getting started. We will always have your family in our hearts and will always be grateful to you for all your help along the years.

With Love
Mike and Rhonda Kane
Carolina Trailers, LLC

May 9, 2012

My condolences to the family.
Psalms 55:22, James 4:8.

Laina Russell

May 9, 2012

Judy, I was so saddened by Gene's passing. You know my love and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. I wish I'd have been able to visit with you for just a bit more at the funeral home; you and Gene were so good to me and taught me so much about our industry. I will never forget my years of work at Barfield's laced with Gene's mischievous humor and zest for living. The stories he would tell, the jokes he would play... all are very fond memories that I will carry all of my life.

Ralph & Jackie Holt

May 8, 2012

Judy, I was so surprised to hear of Gene's passing. What a congenial and warm hearted man of God, who now is at home with the Lord. He knows a bliss and peace that we have yet to experience but will someday. Our prayers and love are extended to all of you. God bless and comfort you each moment of each day.

Randy Pinkston

May 7, 2012

Judy, we all here at Pinkstons will miss him.He was a good friend on mine. Randy Pinkston

Cathy Kiser

May 7, 2012

You may not remember me but I am James Clyde Kiser, Jr.'s widow. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tabatha Hines

May 7, 2012

Judy, I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Carlos & Grace Romero

May 7, 2012

"All of us of Certified Lawnmowers wanted to share our condolences after losing a great friend. We had fond memories and you will always have a place in our hearts"
- Certified Lawnmowers

Danny & Marty Moore

May 7, 2012

We have fond memories of Gene from years gone by when we lived in Midland. So sorry to hear about his passing. I know that Judy and his entire family will miss him. Danny says that Gene was his 'boiled peanut buddy' since they both loved them so much. Rest in peace..

Sylvia & Joe Canipe

May 7, 2012

Judy, We are so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I appreciate your call. Please know you and all the family are in our prayers.I go by Aunt Margaret's grave every time I go to Mom and Dad's. I loved her so much. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and give you all the peace you need to get through this difficult time. I am sorry we couldn't get there to see you, but please know our love and hearts were with you, and know we may not see each other much, but family is always in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Love, Sylvia & Joe Canipe