William Hurst Barbour

July 22, 1933February 12, 2021

William (Bill) Hurst Barbour, 87, of Martinsville, VA passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 12, 2021. He was born in Patrick County on July 22, 1933 to Flenchum Hurst Barbour and Lillian Reynolds Barbour. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Slate, and infant sister Margaret.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley W. Barbour; children: Lauren Brennan (Patrick) of Glade Hill, VA, Mark Barbour (Sarah) of Kingsport, TN, Maria Hicks (Charles) of Grand Prairie, TX, and Margaret Brande (Tim) of Reidsville, NC; grandchildren: Afton Brennan, Joshua Hicks, Samantha S. Maxfield (Aaron), Jared Hicks, Shannon Sherwood, Will Barbour, Owen Barbour, and Sam Barbour; great-grandchildren: Woods, Maggie, and Clare Maxfield; sister: Rita Murphy (Leon); brother: Kenneth Barbour (Judy).

Bill retired from Fieldcrest Mills after 31 years of service. He was an Army veteran, past Rotary President, longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and loved singing in the choir. He enjoyed playing golf at Lynwood Golf Course, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.

Due to inclement weather funeral services scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2021 will be rescheduled as follows: A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Martinsville, prior to the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at the Church. Interment will follow at Roselawn Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church building fund or Mountain Valley Hospice of Martinsville.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to best friends, Wally and Shelby Thompson, loving friend, Kitty Gleason, our church family, our wonderful neighbors, and the exceptional nurses and aides of Mountain Valley Hospice for their loving support and care during the final months of his life.


  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church Building Fund
  • Mountain Valley Hospice


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 22, 2021


William Hurst Barbour

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barney nester

February 18, 2021

Condolences and sympathy to the Family and Friends. Worked with Bill several years at Fieldcrest and without question still the best 'boss' I ever had and I've had a bunch. His insight, demeanor, smile and of course his Jokes were legend. Learned a lot from him, thanks for the leadership and memories Bill! -barney


February 17, 2021

Bill you will be surely missed, the years I worked for you at the Fieldale Towel Mill was some of my fondest memories. I enjoyed the times that you and I fished together. My heart goes out to your family. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Theofilos Balabanis

February 17, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you!
We have many old and pleasant memories with Fieldcrest and Rotary.

God Bless, with love

Ted & Ruby Balabanis

Alice Simpson

February 15, 2021

Margaret & family,
Sending sympathy & love to you during this difficult time.

Kitty Gleason

February 15, 2021

Bill you are going to really be missed. We have shared many stories and laughs together. I have never known anyone so kind and loving as the Barbour family. God rest your soul. I always looked forward to your comical replies to Shirley. Gone but never forgotten.