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Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret)
Bud Barbee, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret), age 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2011. He was the husband of the late Kathryn J. "Kay" (Hampton) Barbee.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and received his B.A. and M.A. Degrees in English from Washington University, St. Louis.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1941 and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. During his career he was a pilot and was stationed in Texas, Idaho, Washington, Kansas, Japan, Hawaii, Alabama, Massachusetts, Brazil, New Hampshire, Thailand, and California.
After retirement he and his wife lived in Satellite Beach, Florida for 28 years before moving to Rhode Island in 2001.
Mr. Barbee was often seen on his scooter around town on his way to tennis, and won several medals in the Florida Senior Games. He wrote an autobiography entitled "Three Wars - but Not a Hero." He led a full life, loved one woman, and tried to be a good husband and father.
He is survived by two daughters: Barbara Lynne Barbee, Kathryn B. "Kit" Lawrence (E. Swift); three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.
He will be buried in the in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne, MA.
Contributions in his honor may be made to Washington University, Campus P.O. Box 1082, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130 or to the United Congregational Church, P.O. Box 506, Little Compton, RI 02835.
For online tributes: www.waring-sullivan.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on July 15, 2011