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Snow’s Memorial Chapel

1419 Bass Road, Macon, GA

OBITUARY

George Richard Barfield III

July 26, 1935June 21, 2020

George Richard Barfield, III passed away peacefully at his home, Pine Hill Farm, on June 21, 2020.

The son of Martha Tyner Barfield and George Barfield, Jr., he was born in Macon on July 26, 1935. When he was two he moved with his parents to Rocky Mount, North Carolina. When he was just five his father died and he and his mother moved back to Macon to live at Pine Hill. A 1953 graduate of Lanier High School, he went on to attend Middle Georgia College and then Mercer University where he majored in mathematics. His professional life was spent in the building materials industry. He retired in 2015 after almost 40 years with the Marshall Lumber Company.

An active member of the community, George gave of his time and his talent to many organizations over the years. Most special to him was his affiliation with the Boy Scouts, first as scout master of Troop 5 and later in training adult scout leaders. An avid photographer, he gave freely of his talent to the organizations he supported. He worked with Macon Heritage Foundation in its early days mounting a photographic display showcasing Macon’s architectural treasures. He loved music, especially jazz, and was recognized for his contributions to the Jazz Association of Macon. He was a third generation member and past president of the Howard Community Club.

George never met a stranger. He loved his country, his family, his community, and his church. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, serving in the Order of St. Luke healing ministry and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. He found great joy playing his guitar for folk masses and great peace taking communion to shut-ins.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his infant son George Richard Barfield, IV and his sister-in-law, Ellen Sheridan Flanagan.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Sheridan Barfield, and their five children: daughter Jenny Barfield of Macon; son, John Barfield and his husband, William Bercini, of Macon; daughter Kate Rockwell, her husband, Danny, and their two children, Emily Rockwell and Andrew Rockwell of Savannah, GA; daughter Trish Whitley, her husband, Brian, and their two children Sam George Whitley and Brice Whitley, of Macon; and daughter Emme Talbert and her husband, Dave, of Boulder Creek, CA. George is also survived by his cousin Nancy Brown and her husband, Doug, of Perry, GA, sisters and brothers-in-law, Katy Sheridan and Marlin Gilbert of New Mexico, FiFi Sheridan and Paul Barbian of Connecticut, and Chris and Ramona Sheridan of Macon, as well as a host of devoted nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for the family will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Following the ceremony the family will receive guests at their home, 7755 Zebulon Road, from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. COVID-19 safe practices will be observed. A memorial mass and celebration of life at Christ Episcopal Church will be scheduled at a later date.

The family wishes to acknowledge Amy Waller, Nakeisha Glenn, and Susan DeFore for the care that they have provided over the course of these past months. Most especially we wish to acknowledge the love and companionship of Gabriel Schoolcraft who gave so generously and tirelessly of himself. He will forever be a part of us.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201; Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, Inc., P.O. Box 825 Macon, GA 31202; Jazz Association of Macon, P.O. Box 4192 Macon, Georgia 31208; or Boy Scout Troop 5, c/o Citizens of Ingleside, P.O. Box 7743, Macon GA 31209.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Sheridan Barfield, and their five children: daughter Jenny Barfield of Macon; son, John Barfield and his husband, William Bercini, of Macon; daughter Kate Rockwell, her husband, Danny, and their two children, Emily Rockwell and Andrew Rockwell of Savannah, GA; daughter Trish Whitley, her husband, Brian, and their two children Sam George Whitley and Brice Whitley, of Macon; and daughter Emme Talbert and her husband, Dave, of Boulder Creek, CA. George is also survived by his cousin Nancy Brown and her husband, Doug, of Perry, GA, sisters and brothers-in-law, Katy Sheridan and Marlin Gilbert of New Mexico, FiFi Sheridan and Paul Barbian of Connecticut, and Chris and Ramona Sheridan of Macon, as well as a host of devoted nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, Inc.
  • Jazz Association of Macon
  • Boy Scout Troop 5

Services

  • Private Graveside Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 26, 2020

Memories

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Erle Newton

June 26, 2020

I met George and Trisha in 2006 when I was in school in Macon. They quickly took me in as part of their Christ Church family. I will always remember George for his genuine warmth, his love for all children of God, and his love of music. He is one of the finest men and a real example to me. I love him and will miss him so much. His family are just as exemplary as he and they are all in my prayers. Rest in Peace, George, and rise in Glory!

Jeanne Bennett

June 25, 2020

John. This is gordon's mother
We are do sorry to hear of your father's passing
Our prayers and condolences are with you
Love you. The Bennett family

Chris Bryson

June 23, 2020

He loved to talk about photography and his cameras on the couple of times that I was with him. He was always friendly and I know will deeply be missed by family and friends alike.

Jack Schellenberg

June 22, 2020

To the family, many thou they are. I send my sad sense of loss about George's passing for each of you. In days past he has been kind, helpful and funny to myself and to my partner. Always a joy to see and chat with. He lived a life to be admired. A large family who loved him and a community that both trusted and enjoyed his wit! May he Rest In Peace and those of you who feel a loss be lifted from sadness.

Fondly J&S.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY