Raymond Allen "Ray" Barbee

Raymond Allen “Ray” Barbee, 85, passed away from this earthly life into eternal life with God and His Son Jesus Christ Saturday evening, December 3, 2011, at his residence. Ray was born November 30, 1926 in Nicholas County, Kentucky, one of six children of George and Anna Clavell Barbee. He spent most of his early life near Carlisle and Morefield, Kentucky and entered the U.S. Army in 1945. Toward the end of his tour of duty during WW II, he was stationed in Okinawa. Ray came to Connersville in 1948 where he met the former Betty J. Paris. They married in 1950. For 40 years, he was employed at Visteon and its predecessors, retiring in 1988. Ray and his wife were active members of the New Heights Christian Church for 61 years where Ray had served as a deacon, elder and Elder Emertius. Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years; four children and their spouses: Rebecca High and Max of Ft. Wayne, Rodney Barbee and Becky of Springersville, Dana Brown and Greg of Morehead, Kentucky, Steve Barbee and Donita of Tampa, Florida; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by an infant son: Donn Allen; his granddaughter: Laura Nicole Brown; brothers: Bill, Marvin, Glen and Harry Barbee and a sister. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville with Pastor Brian Powell officiating. Interment will follow in Orange Cemetery, Fayette County. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday where memorial contributions may be made to the New Heights Christian Church or to the Fayette County Cancer Society. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Visitation Thursday, December 8, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 9, 2011

Raymond Allen "Ray" Barbee

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December 9, 2011

I pray that God will comfort all of you during this time of grief. June Barbee Beard

Carol Ryckman Rummel

December 8, 2011

Mr. Barbee was such a kind and sweet man and will be missed greatly by all of those he touched. When I would come back to visit at church with my Mom, Phyllis, he would always greet me with a warm smile. My heart goes out to Mrs. Barbee, Dana and Steve and the rest of your family.

Ron & Debi Zimmerman

December 8, 2011

Please accept our condolences regarding your terrible loss. Having grown up in Grandview Church of Christ, Ray was a leader I always looked up to. His passing is a great loss to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Bill & Denise Legere

December 7, 2011

Our deepest sympathies. Raymond was always nice to the both of us down at Community Sharing. We know he will be missed abundantly...Betty if there is something you need please let us know. May GOD Comfort you in your time of sorrow .Bill & Denise Legere

Kim Yockey

December 7, 2011

Dana, my friend: I am sorry to hear of your loss. As you know, you and your family are in my prayers.

Ross Barbee

December 7, 2011

Debbie Whitmer (Barbee)

December 7, 2011

To all of the Barbee family, I'm so sorry for the loss of Raymond. I know you will all miss him. I pray the Lord comfort the entire family in unique ways so God's goodness will be felt by all.

It is truly comforting to know that Raymond is now in glory and free from pain and is face-to-face with God through His Son Jesus Christ shining upon his face experiencing all the wonders of Heaven and is loved by everyone there. I can only believe in my heart that he is smiling and joyful and is excited in his anticipation for all of you to see all of Heaven with him in the great family union that will take place one day.

Raymond will be remembered by me as the gentle man who I enjoyed talking with during our family get-togethers throughout the years. I know you all loved Raymond very much and he was a wonderful father and husband. God bless the Barbee family during this particular time and may God's goodness and mercy continue to be upon all of your family.

Debbie Whitmer (Barbee)
The daughter of Bill Barbee

robin yaryan-pflum

December 5, 2011

I am so sorry for the passing of your dad becky and family rod and our children dana and family and steve and family and for you betty. Each and every one of you are in my prayers and I share in your loss. Raymond was a wonderful man and grandpa and great grandpa to my kids. We all loved him very much!