Charles McKim Barley

November 30, 1930April 29, 2021

Charles McKim “Kim” Barley, of Village on the Green, Longwood, Florida, passed away on April 29, 2021 at the age of 90.

Kim was born in Jacksonville Florida on November 30, 1930. He attended high school in Winter Park and graduated from the University of Florida, earning a BS in Agriculture.

In 1952 Kim went on active duty with the U.S. Army for the Korean War in the 224th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star, and discharged as a Captain.

After serving in the Korean War, Kim went into the securities business, working with Reynolds & Company where he became a partner. This career continued with Dean Witter Reynolds, Shearson, Smith Barney and Citigroup. In 1966 he helped create the Orange Juice Futures contract (FCOJ) which traded on the Cotton Exchange and subsequently the New York Board of Trade. Later, as he worked to help Florida cattlemen hedge their cow-calf operations he developed and established a Feeder Cattle delivery point in Alabama. As a commodities specialist he served the citrus and cattle markets until his retirement in 1998.

Kim served his community. He was the President of the University Club of Orlando and was successful in opening doors to previously excluded ethnic groups. Kim was the Mayor of Windermere 1985-1987, during a period of significant change and growth. As Mayor he worked to protect the pristine lakes from road runoff by installing swales. His charitable activities included being President of the Leukemia Society of Central Florida. He headed a Healing Ministry at the Episcopal Church. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Continuing Care Residents Association.

When Kim was in the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Florida he changed Hell Week to Help Week and had pledges, joined by brothers, build a needed dock at the Rodeheaver boys Ranch for young children that were abused or neglected. This tradition continued at the Fraternity.

Kim had a great love for his family and enjoyed life with them through hunting, travel, golf, his previous home in Beech Mountain, NC, and wildlife photography.

Kim is preceded in death by his father and mother, George and Betty Barley, his brother, George Barley Jr, and his sister, Anne Weeks. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Smith Barley, his brother David Barley, his sons, Kirk Thomas Barley, LtCol USMC (Ret)(Nena), of Love, VA, Kevin McKim Barley (Jan) of Orlando, and Christopher Scott Barley (Gail) of Orlando. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family has plans for a private graveside service for family members. He will be missed.


17 May

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Woodlawn Memorial Park

Gotha, Florida 34734


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