Billy Warner Barber
September 5, 1933 – April 8, 2020
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Billy Warner Barber was born on September 5, 1933 to Edward and Nora Barber. He grew up in McDowell and Nicholas Counties, West Virginia with his 9 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Richwood High School in 1951, received an Associate’s Degree and went on to the Air Force, where he served 25 years and became a Chief Master Sergeant. He worked at Northrop Corporation in Saudi Arabia for 9 years before returning to the U.S. and worked on the B2 Bomber in California.
“Chief” nick named by his friends in the military, served 2 tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. Billy was a loving, stubborn and very patriotic man. His love for sports was so intense, he broke his nose three times playing volleyball and teaching a young guy to play racquetball. He could often be found on the golf course as he had a passion for golf. He worked at 2 different golf courses as a starter. He also loved spending time in his favorite recliner watching sports, Western films, Sudoku puzzles, and listening to country music. You always knew when he agreed with something by his catch phrase “you got that right”.
Billy married Carolyn Butcher on August 1, 1969 in Covington, VA and spent 50 years together and were loving parents to their son and daughter. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Frisco and the American Legion.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and one half-sister. Left to carry on his legacy are William Barber & wife Margie of Albuquerque, NM; Lisa Goldstein and her husband Jake of Celina, TX; Peggy Barber Koch and her late husband of Glen Mills, PA; Robert Michael Barber and wife Patti Jo of Charleston, W.Va; Pat Barber Jones and husband J.P. of Lewisburg, W.Va; Bobby Barber and wife Jennie of Dickinson, TX; and Jerry Barber and wife Carrolyn of Ventura, CA.
Billy was loved while here on earth and will continue to be loved through time and eternity.
- Parkinson Foundation
Friday, May 29, 2020
Billy Warner Barber
May 28, 2020
Love and miss you Dad...
April 22, 2020
Mr. Bill set the standard for the starters position at the Wilmington municipal golf course. I’ve worked with him, play golf with him and can tell you that there are few people I’ve learned more from than him . One day wile cleaning up from aerating greens Mr. Bill grabbed a shovel and started helping, when the superintendent said Bill, you don’t have to do that! Mr. Bill said I know, and kept working.
April 18, 2020
Carolyn, Lisa, and Billy,
We cannot express how very much we will miss Bill. He "got that right" when he decided to go to his heavenly home to be without earthly pain, and to be with his other brothers and sisters.
We will continue to love and cherish his memory forever, and to appreciate his years of service to our country.
--Jerry, Carrolyn, and Alyssa Barber
Photo (L to R): Jerry, Mick, and Bill Barber in Aug. '66, outside the family home in Cottle, WV
April 14, 2020
I spent several years with Mr Bill here at the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. He was a great man and had all kinds of stories to tell and always offered to help out. I had the great opportunity to help him some at his house and meet Carolyn and laugh and joke with him away from work. He will be missed by myself and the staff here that had the privilege to work with him during that time. "You got that right" was a daily quote from him and it stays with us.
April 10, 2020
Our Uncle Bill was always a funny man who loved to tell tall tales or “stories” to his nieces and nephews when we were young. Over the years we have laughed with him about his stories and repeated them. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. One of our favorite stories ended with the line “there was the bear, waiving his little paw.” I don’t even remember the story after all these years, but we would still laugh about the tag line. We will miss our Uncle Bill.