Dr. James A. Barber

Memphis, Tennessee


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DR. JAMES A. BARBER, 88, of Memphis, formerly Fairfield Bay, AR, an Army veteran and retired Principal with Memphis City Schools, passed away Tuesday, November 7 at Methodist University Hospital. Wife, Mrs. Bernice G. Barber, preceded him in death. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,...

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Dr. Barber, I am pleased to have had such a wonderful, loving, and caring principal. I thank you for your dedication to us and Cypress Jr. High School. Rest in Peace for your job was well done!

Mr. Barber will be remembered as a father to many, a leader in Hyde Park to others and a friend to all. I will also remember him as a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,Inc. It was men like him and Mr. Richard Lacy that inspired many Cypress students to pick Alpha Phi Alpha, because we wanted to be like him. Imitation is the greatest form of a compliment. Rest in Peace Brother Barber.

To the family of the late Dr. James Barber, My prayers will be with you during this time. Mr. Barber as we called him will never be forgotten. Student of Cypress(1969-1972)

Wow- where do I start? Dr. Barber (Big Jake) as most of us called him jokingly- impacted my life along with the assistance of my Dad- Dr. Willie J. Kimmons. Dr. Barber has touched so many lives in the North Mphs. Community. I just want to say thanks, God bless you for touching my life during that season. May God bless each of you!

Tonia M. (Shelton) Kimmons


Dr. James A. Barber ("Mr. Barber" is what we called him) was our principal and father away from home at Cypress Jr. High School. He was one of the first male figures in the community that I looked up to other than my own father. He was there for us in our formative years and taught me personally to have confidence in myself and that we were just as worthy of living our dreams as anyone else in society. We were winners at Cypress and the pride in self and community was evident in...

Perhaps the best money I spent was the money that was spent for flying home to Memphis for the *celebration of life* of Dr. James Barber. I enjoyed all of my jr high days (1974-1976) at Cypress Jr. high school. I have such fond memories of Mr. Barber. I was generally a nice girl & a very good student, however, every person has her day in which she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Well, that happened twice in my student career @ Cypress in which I was caught in the halls once for...

Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy I have for your loved one. I was a student at Cypress Jr. High School. Dr. Barber had given me many positive insight on life. I will never forget the "talks" we had. May his soul rest in peace.

Rest In Peace, Dr. Barber.
John 3:15-16.
Thank you for your leadership at Cypress Jr High School and Hyde Park / Hollywood Communities!
Roman 8:28
Steven ("Steve") L. Smith
Fmr Cypress Jr High School Student

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.barber. He loved his students and he did not put up with no mess. It will never be another one like him because he always [email protected](WandaGailAndersonRingo)