Lewis "LC" Calvin Barber EDGEMOOR - Mr. L.C. Barber, 92, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his residence. The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Foundation AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Dr. Sharon Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Born in Rock Hill, S.C., on July 29, 1921, he was the son of the late Fine Elliott Barber and the late Minnie McCullough Hart Barber. He was a devout Christian and faithful member of Foundation AME Zion Church, where he served in various roles including Board of Trustees and Church Clerk. Mr. Barber was a 1942 graduate of Emmett Scott High School and furthered his education as a 1954 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a 1970 graduate of South Carolina State University with a Master of Education in Elementary Education. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Barber joined the U.S. Army serving in World War II and acquired the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Barber served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 14, 1942, to Feb. 13, 1946, and performed his duties admirably. He was assigned to the historic 92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division, which was assigned to 5th Army. Mr. Barber was one of the first African-American teachers chosen to implement desegregation of Rock Hill public schools. His career in education included teaching in Charleston County Public Schools, Lando Elementary School in Lando, S.C., West End Elementary in Rock Hill, S.C., and Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C. He was also principal of Jefferson Elementary School in York, S.C. Mr. Barber retired as a teacher of Sullivan Middle School, Rock Hill School District III after more than 40 years of faithful service as a public school administrator and teacher. Survivors are his wife, Alice Mae Barber; one son, Lewis "Knox" Calvin Barber Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Evelyn Joyce (Gene) Degraffenreid of Edgemoor, S.C., and Dr. Stacey Yvonne Barber of Charlotte, N.C.; a special cousin, Minnie Lee Agurs of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sisters-in-law, Annie Kate Seibles and Patricia (Larry) Barnette of Rock Hill, S.C; and one brother-in-law, Leroy Davis. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clemons- McCray Funeral Home. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday.
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Published in The Herald on July 24, 2014