Ray Barfield

March 2, 1917December 28, 2013
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Ray's family could always find her in her Art Room. She was either sending a card, painting china, sewing, or making a Sunshine Box for one of her friends. She connected to her friends through the hundreds of cards and letters she sent every year. Her cards were her way of showing care and concern for all her loved ones. She also made "Sunshine Boxes" to take to sick friends, allowing them to open a gift a day, for a week. Ray was a member of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church and had a multitude of talents that she shared with her church. She sang in the choir for over 60 years, decorated for banquets and parties, and painted murals in the Children's Department. She also made a sign each week to be read in her Sunday School Class, written in her beautiful Calligraphy and framed, depicting a religious "saying". She made approximately 800 signs through the years. Her favorite "saying" was: "Life is Fragile....handle it with Prayer". Other activities included playing the marimba and the ukulele, serving as a Pink Lady for Crawford Long Hospital, serving as a Brownie Troop Assistant, and bowling for 30 years with her church bowling league. She also hand painted china, showing the delicate brushwork needed to make her roses and pansies come alive, and enjoyed collecting porcelain angels. Ray was married to her beloved "Honey" (Carroll C. Barfield) for over 77 years. Carroll often said, "I make the living, and she makes life worth living." She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Ray was known for her outgoing personality and her great sense of style. Ray, 96, born in Atlanta, GA, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. She was truly an "Angel" right here on earth, and has left behind, to miss her ever present smile and open arms: Her two daughters, Bobbie Sherrod and Billie Sheffield; four grandchildren: Steve Sherrod and wife LeeAnne, David Sherrod and wife Staci, Rayne Roper Wilder and husband Chris, and Rustin Roper and wife Kelly; and six great-grandchildren: Andrew, Rory and McKenna Sherrod, Addison and Griffin Roper, and Ben Wilder. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, 86 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; or to The Calvary Children's Home, 1430 Lost Mountain Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at Patterson's Arlington Chapel with Dr. Ken Ray officiating. The family will receive friends for Visitation at 10:00 am at H.M. Patterson and Son, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (404-851-9900).


  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2014

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Judy Bice

January 4, 2014

What wonderful love Bee's girls have for her!! She is a legacy to those of us who hardly knew her because Billie so adored her.

Jackie Engelhart

January 4, 2014

Ray was truly an angel. She shared her gift of sunshine with me through one of her sunshine boxes and so many wonderful cards over the years. Her thoughtfulness and expressions of care and concern for others has brought so much comfort to those of us who knew her. My sincere sympathy to you, the family of a very special lady. God Bless You.

Linda Long

January 2, 2014

Oh, how I loved Ray! I got to know her when we were remodeling the nursery at SSUMC, and she & Billie painted those beautiful murals for us. She was a "ray of light" to me, and to everyone who knew her. I have always looked up to her as one who I would pattern my life after. God bless you all in your time of sorrow.


January 1, 2014

Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of loss. 2 Cor 1:1-5

JJ Maner

January 1, 2014

Your mom was truly a sweetheart. My heart and prayers go out to your entire family...JJ Maner


December 31, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one in death. Even Jesus Christ was saddened when his beloved friend Lazarus died. Please look to God for comfort. He cares for you.

Dottie Green

December 31, 2013

Ray was such a special friend to my mother, Dot Allen, for over 70yrs and a wonderful presence in my family's life,remembering our birthday's etc. with her special cards. We were so blessed to have her in our life.

December 31, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Ruby Sumler

December 31, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

December 31, 2013

What a remarkable honor and privilege for the Barfield family to have shared so many wonderful memories with Ray during her long life!-Psalms 90:10