Bud Barbee

April 10, 1918July 10, 2011

Bud Barbee, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret), age 93, of Tiverton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2011. He was the husband of the late Kathryn J. “Kay” (Hampton) Barbee.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he was a son of the late Rose (Overton) Ammerman and the late Bud Barbee, Sr. and the step-son of the late Walter H. Ammerman. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was a graduate of McKinley High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Washington University in 1940 and his Masters in 1949.

He joined the United States Air Force in 1941 and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. During his career he was a pilot and was stationed in Texas, Idaho, Washington, Kansas, Japan, Hawaii, Alabama, Massachusetts, Brazil, New Hampshire, Thailand, and California. In his early career he taught at Maplewood and Ladue High Schools in St. Louis, Missouri. After retirement he and his wife lived in Satellite Beach, Florida before moving to Tiverton ten years ago.

Mr. Barbee was a member of Phi Delta Theta, enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, and was active in local bridge clubs. He wrote an autobiography entitled “Three Wars – but Not a Hero.” He led a full life, loved one woman, and tried to be a good husband and father.

He is survived by two daughters: Barbara Lynne Barbee of Tiverton, Kathryn B. “Kit” Lawrence and her husband E. Swift of Westport; three grandchildren: Felecia Blake, her husband Jon, their sons Christopher, Ryan, and Taylor; Kimberly Roth, her husband Peter, their children Christina and Nicholas; Arthur “Buddy” Hampton, his wife Sally, their sons Tyler and Kyle; and by three step-grandchildren Marcia, Steve, and Jim, their families including eight step-great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. He was brother of the late P. Freeman Hooper.

A Service of Thanksgiving and Tribute will be held Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:00PM in the United Congregational Church, The Commons, Little Compton, RI. Burial prior to his service in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne at 11:00AM. Contributions in his honor may be made to Washington University, Campus P.O. Box 1082, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130 or to the United Congregational Church, P.O. Box 506, Little Compton, RI 02837.


  • Service of Thanksgiving & Tribute Friday, July 15, 2011
  • Burial Friday, July 15, 2011

Bud Barbee

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October 9, 2011

I was an Air Force ROTC student at the University of New Hampshire from 1963-1967. Lt Col Barbee was the Professor of Aerospace Studies my senior year. I was called into his office to interview for the Distinguished Military Graduate award. I distinctly remember one of his questions to me was how to spell " seize " and " siege ". I was unsure at the time and may have taken a guess, but looking through my college dictionary I have pencil marks next to those words. I noticed Lt Col Barbee's name in the MOAA magazine " In Memoriam " section and immediately recalled this event.

Lt Col Lee F Richmond
Jamestown, NC

Terry & Cyndy Meadows

July 21, 2011

Lynne and family, We are sad to hear about your Dad. Terry remembers staying at your parents home years ago. I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, but made me smile when I read the tribute on this site. Remember we love you.

Joanne Inman

July 21, 2011

Mr. Barbee was our English teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights high school, Maplewood, MO - class of 1950. He attended our reunion a few years ago and was an honored speaker - we could have listened to him for hours - thank you, Mr. Barbee - and our condolences to the family.
J. Inman MRH class of 1950

A Heartfelt Message

July 21, 2011

July 17, 2011

Yes, Kay and Bud were wonderful neighbors
in Satellite Beach for a number of years.
And, the scooter was truly a "signal" that Bud was coming ! What fun !Sympathy to all the family. Fondly, Pat Fedor

Stacy Domingos

July 17, 2011

Sorry to hear about Mr. Barbee's passing, He was a great person who told me many of his life stories. I am blessed and honored to have known such a great man. Gone but never forgotten. May he rest in peace

Bill Thompson

July 16, 2011

Sorry to learn of Bud's death. He and I were in a poker group for over 25 years in Satellite Beach, FL, and my wife Paula and Bud's wife Kay were good friends. Bud was a gentlemen and a scholar (and a good poker player), and we are saddened by his passing

Jamie and Debbie Regan

July 15, 2011

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Arthur Oberman, Capt, US Army Medical Corp, (Ret)

July 14, 2011

Mr. Barbee was remembered fondly by me as an instructor in Junior/Senior high school at MRH. People like this helped young men grow out of childhood and into the preparation for adulthood and maturity.