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Robert Olive Barbee, Jr.

November 22, 1938May 16, 2020

Robert “Bob” Olive Barbee, Jr., 81 of Virginia Beach, VA passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020. Bob was born on November 22, 1938 in Orange County, NC. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Laura Scott Barbee; parents, Robert Olive Barbee, Sr. and Rose C. Barbee. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Veronica (Vicky) Barnes, Paul Scott Barbee (Joy); sisters, Linda Thompson (Bob), Gail Barrett and Nora Sawyer (Willard); grandchildren, Anne Gehman (Wayne), Bryan Barnes (Julie), Ashley Townley (Billy) and Jordan Barbee; two great-grandsons, Logan Barnes and Brody Barnes and a great-granddaughter on the way.

Bob graduated from Norview High School in 1957, completed a four-year apprenticeship program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1963 where he was employed for 36 years. When Bob was not working at the shipyard, he enjoyed doing anything outdoors with his family and friends. He especially loved skiing, camping, bike rides and traveling to new locales. He was employed at Snowshoe as a ski instructor and often volunteered with the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, he also worked as a Maintenance Ranger at False Cape State Park. Bob was loved by all and will be missed by many.

There will be a visitation at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and a private family graveside service on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, attention Carol Woody (304) 572-6708, 10 Snowshoe Dr. Snowshoe, WV 26209. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit kellumfuneralhome.com.


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Jim Stanley

May 28, 2020

I worked with Robert at the Shipyard, he was one of the most easygoing and kind person I had the pleasure of working with. Always soft spoken. Took a lot to ruffle him. May God Bless all of the family and you are in my prayers. I am sure he will be missed by all. Jim Stanley

Gary Mann

May 21, 2020

Scott and Vicky,

My deepest sympathies to you and your families.

Gary Mann

Mike Merritt

May 19, 2020

Hi Vicky & Scott, wanted to let you know that we’re thinking of you both and your families. I have such good memories of your Dad from our reunions and from our visits to Virginia when we were growing up. He was such a kind and giving person. What a full life he enjoyed. Hope that the good memories of your dad will bring some comfort during this difficult time.
With love,
Mike Merritt

Doris Hurt

May 19, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed last summer in Corolla with you and your Dad. He was such a knowledgeable and intelligent man. Enjoyed the stories he shared with us. Scott andJoy I know he will be missed. Prayers and hugs to you❤️❤️🙏🙏

Jerry Swean

May 19, 2020

Im sorry to hear about Bob. I worked for Bob in the late 70s and knew him to be an upbeat, happy, good natured gentleman. My prayers and condolences are sent to family and friends.

Lana Shumaker

May 19, 2020

Gary and I send our heartfelt condolences to your family. We pray that God wraps his loving arms around you all.
Gary & Lana Shumaker

Tony Hawa

May 19, 2020

Dear Scott,
My heart aches for you and your family. Your dad was a great friend and I will always cherish the memories of skiing with him over the years.
Both him and your mom gave us an added layer of comfort when we used to put our kids in ski school at Snowshoe. As a result of knowing Bob, I have made many friends at Snowshoe. My brother and I , skied with him a year ago February. While he wasted no time getting from top to bottom, he still seemed to be working to perfect his s-turns. Bob was a great skier, and
was very dedicated to his volunteer work with the adaptive skiing program.
He’s an inspiration!
God bless y’all.
Love, Tony and Terri

Joe & Joanne Martin

May 19, 2020

Dear Scott and Joy and family, we want to express our sorrow and condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

Robert Colonna

May 18, 2020

Dear Family of Bob:
Bob was our across-the-street neighbor at West Neck. We talked every time we saw each other outdoors. He was an absolute gentleman in every respect. We would talk about our recent travels, the weather and every thing else that came to our minds. It was a genuine pleasure in knowing Bob (I miss him already), and he was a great neighbor. I was extremely sorry to learn of his passing.
All the best to the entire family.
Bob & Sandy Colonna
West Neck, 426-9002


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