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Donald F. Barr

Donald F. Barr

Jan. 24, 1935-Nov. 7, 2013

Donald Franklin Barr

was born in Opp, Ala. and was a graduate of Opp High school, class of 1953. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his service of 21 years, he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for basic training, then Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, for technical training. His first duty station was Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, then followed by Châteauroux-Déols Air Base, France, Brookly Air Force Base, Mobile, Ala., Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, Castle Air Force Base, California, and ending his career as a recruiter in Florence, Ala. in 1974. He was very proud while in the Air Force to have been attached to Strategic Air Command for 15 years, working the B-52 and KC-135 aircraft in the maintenance field and also as a scheduler for B-52 missions over Vietnam. After retirement, Don trained to be a welder, and from August 1976 to June 1985 was a vocational welding instructor at Deshler High School, Tuscumbia, Ala. After ending his career as a welding instructor, he worked for the State of Alabama Employment office helping disabled veterans with job placement. After his retirement from the state, he enjoyed his time fishing, working on his home, being in his garden, and attending church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth B. Barr; and mother, Rachel Barr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy; daughters, Thersa Scott and (Roger) Deborah Thom; son, Kenneth (Louise); six grandchildren; and one great- grandchild; brothers, Dalton and Jimmy; and sister, Peggy. A graveside service was held Nov. 11 at Colbert Memorial Gardens, Tuscumbia. He will be missed by family and friends.

Published in Florence Times Daily on Nov. 12, 2013
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