James Barber Jr.

James Claudius Barber Jr.

GASTONIA - Mr. James Claudius (Toodle) Barber Jr., died peacefully on Jan. 14, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

Born Dec. 26, 1924, on his family's farm near Barber Junction, he was a son of the late J. Claude and Laura E. Barber. Claude was a graduate of Cleveland High School, Cleveland, and N.C. State University (Class of '49). He was a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving on the LST 704 in the South Pacific.

He started his working career in Gaston County in 1951 as a 4-H Club Leader and continued as an Agent in the NC Agricultural Extension Service, working in Gaston and Cleveland counties until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Barber was a loyal member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Gastonia, where he served on the Vestry, was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and sang in the choir for over 30 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Barber was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Ovida J. (Vi) Barber; sister Eleanor B. Davis; and brothers Karl E. Barber and Walter B. Barber.

He is survived by his son, Jim Barber of Gastonia; sisters Alice E. Bennet of Salisbury and Dorothy E. Ellis of Cleveland; and sister-in-law Bette K. Barber of Salisbury.

For the last eight years of his life, Mr. Barber and his family were challenged by his slow decent into Alzheimer's Disease. Helping him and his family along that journey were caregivers, together with fellow residents and their family members at Carillon Assisted Living and at Courtland Terrace - many doing the Lord's work - for which we will always be grateful.

Arrangements: A service to celebrate Claude's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Gastonia, with Father Shawn Griffith officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church Parish Hall.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC; or , 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Condolence messages may be made online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Barber family.

Funeral Home

McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451

Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 16, 2014