Herbert Marion Barber, Sr.

Born: Tue., Feb. 13, 1940
Died: Tue., Mar. 17, 2020

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 19, 2020
Location: Blackshear City Cemetery

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Mr. Herbert Marion Barber, Sr., age 80, of Blackshear, passed away early Tuesday morning (3/17/20) at Harborview Pierce County following an extended illness.

Born February 13, 1940 in Pierce County, he was a son of the late Hamon and Polly Meadows Barber.  He was a veteran, having served in the US Army from 1960-1962 in Germany as a missile crewman.   He retired in 2005 as the Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Blackshear, had served as the City of Blackshear Fire Chief, and along with his wife, Lynn, had owned a successful catering business for 19 years. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear, where he attended the Enriched Sunday School Class, the Joy Group Lunch Bunch, served on the Bereavement Committee, and was an usher. He was a former member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon in 1977, a former Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and RA Director.

He loved growing flowers, especially “piddling” in the daylily beds and was a member of the South Georgia Daylily Society.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who he said “made life grand”.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Dr. Sherrie Lynn Cowan; great-granddaughter, Lillie Caroline Cox; two sisters, Margie Beckner of Summerfield, FL and Mary Myers of Lady Lake, FL; one brother, Steve Barber of Lexington, NC.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lynn Gailey Barber; children, Dr. Herbert M. Barber, Jr. (wife Robin) of Savannah, GA and Suzanne Denison (husband George) of Blackshear; son-in-law, Gene F. Cowan of Patterson; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Adam) Cox of Blackshear, Alexis (Donald) Crumbley of Ruskin, Brandon Barber of Statesboro, Lindsey Denison of Blackshear, Clay Denison of Athens, and Natalie Barber of Statesboro; two great-granddaughters, Abbie Lynn Crumbley of Ruskin and Gracie Claire Cox of Blackshear; 4 special “adopted grandchildren”, Coleman Lee and Mary Grace Norris of Patterson, and Addyson and Brylee Walker of Blackshear; siblings, Sonny (Virginia) Barber of Waynesville, GA, Peggy Dixon of Blackshear, Larry (Anne) Barber of Waycross, Bobby (Leny) Barber of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A graveside funeral service will take place Thursday (3/19/20) at 11 a.m. at Blackshear City Cemetery.

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Ray and Susan Lovett
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Lynn and family, we were so sorry to learn of the passing of Herbert. Praying for all of you during this time. Know that he will be missed by many friends and family.
Ray and Susan Lovett

Pamela D. & Steven R. Hudson
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Dear Ms. Lynn and family, So sorry for your loss. We will all miss Mr. Herbert's smiling face and kindly ways at Church. Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. Pamela & Steve

Jeannie Murray
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Mr. Herbert was such a sweet man with such a fun personality. He will be greatly missed. I am sad for his family but know he is rejoicing with the Lord. Praying for you guys! Much love, Jeannie Murray and family

Barbara Smith-Fischer
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Barber family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, each of you are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻

Shirley Cobb
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear about Herbert. I have always thought of you and him as family. He will be missed by myself and so many others. I have will be holding you and the family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult times.

Much love

Larry & Joan Hammack
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Lynn - We are truly sorry to hear of your loss of Herbert. Please know you & your family will be in our thoughts & prayers for peace as you navigate thru these sad days.

Brinson & Debbie Thornton
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Praying for all of you during rhis difficult time.

Clay T Myers IV
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Aunt Lynn, my heart dropped when I discovered the news of Uncle Herbert's passing. My memories of him as a young boy were of him as a bright ray of light in the room. Funny, smart, and fun to be around him. My deepest condolences. You guys are in my prayers.

Donna McCall
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Lynn I was so sorry to hear about Herbert. My prayers are with you and you family during this time of sorrow.



Larry and Carolyn Byrd
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
So, so sorry. May our God hold you and bless you through the grieving process. Herbert was such a good, Christian man.

Billie Waldron Queen
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Praying for you and your family. May God comfort and bless you.

Larry & Pat Ellington
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
We are saddened to hear of Herbert’s passing. Herbert was a great husband, father, grandfather and our lifelong friend. He will certainly be missed. Lynn, you and your family are in our prayers.

Harold and Ellen Voigt
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Lynn, Harold and I are saddened by your loss. Our prayers are for peace for you and your family .

Kirk Webb
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Miss Lynn and Family,
We are so sad for your loss. I know Mom is too. However, we do know where he is and who he is with right now! Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Hope Martin
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Lynn, I’m saddened to hear the news of Herbert’s passing. He was such a wonderful “cut-up” and always gave me a laugh. He showed great kindness and care when we first moved to Blackshear....you both did.

Melissa Carter-Stout
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Ms. Lynn and family, words cannot express my deepest sympathy and shock. Having worked with Mr. Herbert at the City of Blackshear for many years was a delight. I have sooo many fond memories and stories with him. Much love to the Barber Family.
Melissa Carter-Stout

Carolyn Williams Mobley
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Ms. Lynn, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Barber’s passing. He always had a smile and always stopped to talk no matter if he was in a hurry or not. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Carolyn

Larry and Glenda Lee
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Lynn and Family:
We were saddened to hear of your loss. He was a special person who will be greatly missed. Herbert touched many lives, and will always be remembered for his many acts of kindness. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

June & Frankie Wilson
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
Lynny, My heart is hurting for you, but I know Herbert is in Heaven. I can't be there tomorrow, but hope to see you on the 7th. Love you so much, June

Sara Warren
   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
Lynn, I'm thinking of you often during these days and remembering the many hours we spent working and talking together in the library at the school. You mentioned Herbert often, and it was obvious that you and he had a very special and close relationship. Praying that the Lord will be your comfort and strength through this time. Sara Warren

Sunny Nichols
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
You are in my prayers. I'm so very sorry. Wish I was there to give you a big hug. Please know that I am thinking about you and wishing you happier days.


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