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David John BARR

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BARR, David John 75, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at St. Pete General Hospital. Born in Stubenville, OH, he came here in Nov. 1961, from Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy. While studying pharmacy, he met the love of his life at church and married Sylvia Ann Gerdon on Sept. 23, 1961. They honeymooned in Florida so he could take his pharmacy board exams. After passing his boards, he began working for Doc Webb at Webb's City. He later owned and operated Skyview Drugs, Inc. in Pinellas Park for more than 25 years, during which time he served as the consulting pharmacist for the Masonic Home of Florida. He was a Past Master and member of Nitram Lodge #188 and a member of the Knights Templar. A member of Palm Lake Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for more than 47 years, he served as an elder and past board chair, among other leadership positions. He served the Christian Church (DOC) as a member and chairman of the Commission on Ministry for the Florida Region for more than 35 years and past member of the General Board & Administrative Comm. for the Christian Church (DOC) U.S. and Canada. He was president of Suncoast Christian Housing owners of Burlington Tower. He was a member and past president of the Pinellas County Pharmaceutical Society, Florida Pharmacy Assoc., American Pharmacists Assoc. and National Assoc. of Retail Pharmacists. He was a former member of the BPO ELKS, Lodge # 1224. He earned his private pilot's license in 1976 and was a member of AOPA. He was a member of the Cincinnati Bearcat Alumni Assoc. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Hannah Barr; brother, William Lindsay Barr; and sister, Hannah Frances Ablang. David is survived by his loving wife, attorney, Sylvia A. Barr; daughter, Darlene L. Kelly (Charles); sons, David John II (Jennifer) and James Andrew (Kelli); and eight grandchildren, Megan and Charles Kelly, Jeffrey (Jennifer), Zachary, Ellen, and Phillip Barr and Danielle and Jamie Barr. He was a proud and loving grandfather and he will be sorely missed by his adoring wife, children, grandchildren, extended family members, and friends. He retired as a retail pharmacist of more than 50 years most recently with Eckerd Drug Co. and CVS. A visitation will be held from 2:30-4:30 pm, and from 6:30- 8:30 pm, with a Masonic Service at 7 pm on Saturday, May 4th at Anderson McQueen, 7820 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg. A funeral service will be at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 5th, at Palm Lake Christian Church, 5401 22nd Ave N., St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Palm Lake Christian Church and Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Inc. Please visit the family's personalized online guestbook at: www.AndersonMcQueen.com. Anderson McQueen Funeral Home (727)347-6636

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 4, 2013
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