William J. "Butch" Barfield

July 26, 1964October 15, 2020

Joy came in the morning Thursday, October 15, 2020, to our precious and beloved William Jeffrey “Butch" Barfield, following a fearless battle against metastatic Esophageal cancer.

Born July 26 th , 1964, in Charleston SC, Butch is predeceased in death by his beautiful parents, Joseph P. and Katherine M. Barfield.

Butch, a life long North Charleston resident and longtime public servant started his career with the City of North Charleston infan1983 as a firefighter. After serving 5 years with the fire department, he then transferred to the police department where he rose through the ranks in the department. He retired as a Deputy Chief in 2012. During his tenure, he received numerous recognitions and awards for his service and dedication to the profession. Because of his desire and love to continue to serve his community, Butch returned to the City after retirement, where he was currently serving as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. A few highlights and accolades during his career with the City of North Charleston include working the 1987 massive blaze at the Hess Tanker oil terminal. In 1990 while with the police department, he was assigned to the Serial Rape Task Force, and for 2 years he actively worked with other agencies to search for the "Lowcountry Rapist." In June 1992, Butch was directly involved in the car chase that led to the apprehension of the suspect. Serving as the city's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Butch has built relationships locally and across the state with his EMD counterparts where he has prepared citizens for hurricane season, our 2018 snowstorm, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. Butch's ability to lead and communicate with others came as second nature and made preparing for natural disasters look effortlessly for him.

Aside from his work career, Butch had a passion for serving as a volunteer coach for many years. He served as a volunteer football coach at his alma mater, Garrett High School, for over 10 years. For the next 20 years, you could always find him on a field somewhere coaching and mentoring countless youths. After coaching, he moved on to serving as a playground and SCISA high school football/baseball official. He loved the camaraderie he shared with officials locally and across the state. Butch loved to make a difference and in doing so, he also served as a substitute teacher. He and his wife were active volunteers in the public schools and served in leadership roles for PTA. Butch received the highest award you can receive, the South Carolina PTA (SCPTA) Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award.

Butch was a diehard Carolina Gamecocks fan. He and his family were season ticket holders so on any given Saturday you could find him at Williams Brice cheering on his Gamecocks - win or lose! He also spent many days at Founders Park taking in a ballgame - his great nephew was the starting center fielder! He also traveled to see and support the mens and womens basketball teams during the last 3 exciting years .

Butch's devotion to his family was extraordanary, as a brother, husband, dad, and uncle. He was married to his elementary and high school best friend Laurie for 29 years, whom he affectionately referred to as "Lovie." Family and faith were the driving force behind Butch. He was a man of God and was never afraid to share his love for his Lord with others. He was an active member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and Cathedral of Praise.

In addition to his wife, Laurie, he is survived by his son, Philip "Brent", who was his purpose; purpose for being an example of goodness. His three brothers, Ricky Barfield (Brenda), Donnie Barfield, Ed Barfield (Dawn) and his sister, Kathi; mother-in-law, Peggy Peek, sister-in-law, Miriam Graham (Al), brother-in-law, Scotty Peek (Cindy); nephews, Scott Barfield (Helen), Rick Barfield (Crystal), Joey Limehouse, Jacob Limehouse, Chad (Rachel) and Seth Graham; nieces, Missy Hopkins (Timmy), Mandy Pitcock (John), Megan Soong (Eric), Katie Boggess, Nicole Soles (Kevin), Maddy and Avery Peek. Great nieces, Brantley Soong, Kerrigan Weathers and Sarah Grace Soles, and Kennedy Graham. Great nephews, TJ Hopkins, Brody Hopkins, Gage Freeman, Gavin Barfield, Granger Barfield, John Mason Pitcock, Aiden Soong, Jackson Weathers, and Joseph Limehouse; and his many loved and adored special uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Butch will lie in state at North Charleston City Hall, Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm. His Celebration of Life will take place at Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road, Monday, October 19, 2:00pm. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, 7113 Rivers Avenue. Family and friends are invited to attend his services.

The family is receiving flowers or memorials may be made in Butch's memory to Hollings Cancer Center, 843-792.9300, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC 29425.

The family would like to express their sincere deep appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hollings Cancer Center and MUSC Ashley Tower for the care they provided to our Butch. A special thank you to Dr. Terrill Huggins for the personal care and compassion he provided to Butch and his family.

Arrangements entrusted to Carolina Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremation, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406. 843-797-2222.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared and viewed at


  • Visitation at North Charleston City Hall

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life Service at Cathedral of Praise

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Entombment at Carolina Memorial Park Mausoleum

    Monday, October 19, 2020


William J. "Butch" Barfield

have a memory or condolence to add?

Joye Hansen

October 22, 2020

Dear Laurie,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Butch's passing.
What an inspiration Butch was to North Charleston.
I would always see Coach Barfield at Basketball games and
ask about you and Butch. I can still hear Butch from high school
when he saw me and yell "Cline".
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joye Hansen

Jamie Roper

October 22, 2020


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Butch was not only a plethora of knowledge to learn from, but a joy to work with. When I came to work for the City of Charleston, he remained a great resource I could always call on. He was a stellar colleague and an all-around great guy! We will miss the warmth of his smile, but the positive impact on our lives will forever remain.

Melanie Wilson

October 21, 2020

Mrs. Barfield,

I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Barfield's passing. He was such a light each time he came to Hollings and it was always a pleasure to be his nurse and see his smile and kind demeanor. My sympathies and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of great loss.


Melanie Wilson, RN
Hollings Cancer Center

Marty Besancon

October 20, 2020

Butch was a very kind, gracious Christian man who impacted so many lives in a positive way. Our prayers are with the family.
With deep condolence from the Besancon family.

Jeanette Smalls

October 19, 2020

Butch was very special to me and my son. As a single mother I worked 2 sometimes 3 jobs to make ends meet. My son loved sports and was always involved in whatever Pepperhill recreation center had to offer. Butch took an interest in my child. He mentored him. Butch took his time and talked with him. Many evenings he brought him home. Some Times trouble was brewing and Butch would share with my mother and me to be careful and watchful. I love Butch and appreciate the care he gave my son. It kept him out of trouble and on the straight and narrow road. My son is now 35 years old and also works for the City of North Charleston. Laurie thanks for sharing him with us. I appreciate you and your family.

Jeanette P Smalls

Jimmy & Betty McLeod

October 19, 2020

Dearest Barfield Family - we send our deepest heartfelt sympathies to each of you. May your precious memories of Butch forever live in your hearts. We send our love to all. May God bring peace and comfort during this very sad time.
Love and prayers,
Jimmy & Betty

Kari Cerato

October 19, 2020

Dear Laurie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sorrow. May your many wonderful years of memories hold you close. Much love to you.

Kate O'Leary

October 19, 2020


My heart is with you and your family during this time. May Butch's memory and spirit carry on through each of you.

Kate O'Leary

MIke Jones

October 18, 2020

So sorry to hear of Butch's passing, but also pleased to know he is now in the comfort of our Lord. Butch and I were best friends in our childhood years. There is not a summer day I can recall that we didn't run around together in our Dorchester neighborhood together from sun up to sundown. While only kids, the memories we made together will last a life time. I remember playing baseball together though on different teams, coincidentally coached by his two brothers Edwin and Donny. Though I left S.C. when I was 12, it was Butch and his friendship that made my childhood years enjoyable. My sincerest condolences to Butch's family. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of loss.

Debbie Shulman

October 18, 2020

Butch you were a man like none I have ever met. You were such a kind and great friend to myself and Matthew. We are better people for having known you.

R.I.P. my friend.


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