Richard Columbus Barber Jr. Richard Columbus Barber Jr., a longtime resident, retired minister and small businessman of Culpeper, Virginia, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Autumn Care of Madison, in Madison, Virginia, at age 92. He was active and healthy until the last month of his life, living with his youngest son, Patrick Barber; and grandson, Trevor in Culpeper. Richard was born on June 29, 1920, to the late Richard Columbus and Martha Lou Nelms Barber in Sandy Creek, Georgia. Richard served his country in the United States Army from 1936 until 1939, the Army Reserve from 1939 until 1941, and in the United States Navy's Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) as a ship fitter at Pearl Harbor from 1942 until 1945. After serving in the military, Richard provided heating and air conditioning services as owner of R. Barber Metal Works for 39 years. He served as Minister of the Ellisville United Methodist Church for 35 years and Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Orange County for 10 years. A member of the Masonic Lodge for 64 years, Right Worshipful Barber held membership in Fairfax No. 43 (Honorary), Barboursville No. 112, Manasseh No. 182 (Honorary), Edward H. Cann Daylight No. 1752 (Honorary) and Virginia Research No. 1777. He served as District Deputy Grand Master in 1965, District Instructor of Work, and Past Master of Fairfax and Barboursville, and was one of the four Grand Lecturers in the State of Virginia. He was also an avid golfer. Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Aleene Elizabeth Clybern Barber, whom he met prior to leaving for Pearl Harbor. He is survived by three sons, Richard Barber III and his wife, Constance, of Richmond, Virginia, William Barber and his wife, Antoinette, of Manassas, Virginia, and Patrick Barber of Culpeper; five grandchildren, Casey Barber Gibson and her husband, Justin, of Haymarket, Virginia, Justin Maymi, Jessica Barber of Manassas, Virginia, Christopher Barber of Richmond, and Trevor Barber; and his sisters-in-law, Phyllis Clybern Boleyn and her husband, Roscoe, of Remington, Virginia, and Virginia Clybern, wife of the late Carol Clybern of Culpeper. Committal of ashes will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Culpeper at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013. Memorial donations may be made to Fairfax Masonic Lodge No. 43, 209 E. Davis St., Culpeper, VA 22701 Attn: Lawrence R. Whitehurst, Secretary. The public is invited to the service.
This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.