Ike Thurman Barber

BARBER, IKE THURMAN, 83, of Louisville, died on December 15, 2012 in Miami, FL, after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Ike was born in Louisville, on April 19, 1929. During his early years he spent summers on the family horse farm, Kalarama, in Springfield, KY. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and as a First Lieutenant served six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Ike graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1954, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and began his career as an Industrial Manager for British American Tobacco Company taking him to several countries including Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica. He married his loving wife of 56 years, Marianna Brown Barber, in August of 1956. Ike and Marianna retired to Bradenton, FL, where Ike happily captained the Enterprise Charter Sailboat out of Sarasota for a number of years.

He was a lifelong Catholic and a long time Hospice volunteer.

He is survived by his wife, Marianna; their six children, Richard Barber (Liz) of Sarasota, FL, Jane Richardson of Louisville, Roddy Barber (Cyndee) of Hickory, NC, Sam Barber (Christy) of Kansas City, MO, Michael Barber (Patty) of Charlotte, NC, and Rebecca Brown (Owen) of Miami, FL; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Rd., at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or charity of donor's choice.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Dec. 26, 2012