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Leroy Miles Barber Jr.

February 24, 1935May 9, 2015
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Leroy M. Barber Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) COLUMBIA Funeral service for Leroy M. Barber Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Union United Methodist Church, with burial at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Col. Barber passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015. He was born in 1935 in Worcester, Mass. but grew up in Rhode Island where his two sisters were born to Leroy and Harriet Barber. He graduated from Providence College in 1956 and at the same time was commissioned a 2Lt. in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. A year later, he married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Kenyon and entered active duty. He had a variety of assignments which included being the commander of three medical companies and three battalions. Col. Barber served as the medical advisor to the 1st Vietnamese Corp during that conflict and later in the same capacity to the Saudi Army and Air Force. While in the Army, he earned a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College. His last two assignments were as the administrator of army hospitals, the last one being Fort Jackson where he retired in 1984. Col. Barber’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class, the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. Following his retirement, he became the administrator for the W. S. Hall Psychiatric Institute until 2000. He was a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, was active in the S.C. Hospital Association and served as a university preceptor for students earning their master’s degree. He was a U.S. Coast Guard licensed master captain and an avid boater. He was a Past Commander of the Lake Murray Power Squadron and a Past President of the Lake Murray Association. In 1999, he married the former Deedie Faile Dukes. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Kenyon and his son, Kevin Barber. He is survived by his wife, Deedie Barber; a son, Keith Barber and his wife, Brenda; a daughter, Jennifer Barber; stepsons, Craig Dukes and his wife, Rhonda, Jon Dukes and his wife, Dawn, Jason Dukes and his wife, Esmeralda; and nine grandchildren, Bethany Barber, Dawn Barber, triplets, Chandler, Logan and Victoria Dukes, Coleman Dukes, Nicolette Dukes, Katelyn Dukes and Alexis Dukes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Lee Barber to The Lake Murray Association, P.O. Box 495, Ballentine, SC 29002. Lee’s dedication to help form the association, his service as President, his dedication to safety on Lake Murray, and the fulfillment of his goal, the formation of the Safety Consortium made him a beloved and sacred steward of Lake Murray. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 18, 2015

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Leroy Miles Barber Jr.

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James Van Straten

June 3, 2016

Dear Dee and Barber family,
Again, sincere condolences over the loss of Lee, my good friend and your beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. I left a previous posting shortly after Lee's death, but I recently was informed that Lee also served as an advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in the same area in which I served. I commend to you my recently published book, "A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam." If you choose to read it, it will give you a very accurate glimpse of the types of things that Lee did while deployed for war. You will be exceedingly proud. Sincerely, Jim Van Straten, Colonel, U.S. Army Retired

Jerry Daniels

May 16, 2015

I would like to offer my condolences to Lee's family,
My wife and I are traveling in NC and I was stunned to read where Lee had passed. Lee and I were acquaintances at DMH and later became friends. We were both retired Military which gave us a bond that only veterans tend to understand. I prayed for Lee every day from the time he told us he had cancer. Lee was a good guy and could be tough as nails. In essence, he was a man's man.
I will miss seeing him.
Again, condolences to the family.
Jerry Daniels, LTC, MSC. (Ret)

Linda Stalnaker

May 16, 2015

Deedie, May God's peace be with you and your family.

Lonnie & Rachel Franklin

May 16, 2015

Dee, Rachel and I will always remember his friendship through the years and his kindness when Rachel was injured. he is missed.

MAJ Bob Barnwell USA (Ret.)

May 15, 2015

The brothers and sisters in arms of the Columbia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) send heartfelt prayers and condolences to Lee's family. COL Barber was a loyal Life Member of MOAA and a former member of the BOD of our Chapter. RIP to our brother and friend.

May 15, 2015

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences.
Elaine Chisenhall (Retired civ), Plans & Opns Div, Moncrief Army Community Hospital

Mike Anderson

May 15, 2015

My mother, Regena Anderson, met Lee and Betty when she worked at Moncrief Army Hospital at Fort Jackson. They became good friends in the years that followed.
I worked with Jennifer at Blockbuster Video years ago and would see her parents from time to time when they stopped by for a visit with their daughter.
My condolences to all who loved Lee and clearly that was a lot of people.

May 15, 2015

I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."

Lewis Mitchell

May 14, 2015

Dee and family....our thoughts and prayers are with you. So many good memories of the fun times we have had on our boating trips. We are cruising now on the Wacamaw and talking about all the happy hours we spent together. We love you. Dolly and Lewis

James Van Straten

May 14, 2015

Leroy Barber will be greatly missed by his many friends throughout the United States Army. Always ready with a word of encouragement, he was a caring and compassionate military commander. I, personally, will miss him greatly.

Sincere condolences to you, Dee, and to the entire Barber family.

Jim Van Straten

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