William Lee Barefield (1950 - 2016)

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William Lee Barefield, age 65, formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada, died Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Sunshine Care Home in Las Vegas after a lengthy illness. William was born in DuBois on June 18, 1950, to the late Fred Ellsworth Barefield and Nellie Mae (Shaffer) Barefield.

William moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1980, where he worked as a County Housing Authority Inspector. After retirement, William moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. William was an avid artist, painter and gardener. He designed the emblem for DuBois Area Schools in 1962. He also took second place in an art show with a landscape painting of the Big Bear Mountains. This artwork was donated and is on display at Penn State DuBois Campus.

William is survived by four brothers: Joseph "Joe" (Jan) Catani, Patrick "Pat" (Mary) Smeal, Fred (Marilyn) Barefield, Michael "Mike" (Channary) Barefield; two sisters, Ruth Barefield-McConnell, Kathleen Barefield (Stu) Ropka and numerous nieces and nephews.

William loved his family and friends, was a generous person, and very proud of all of his nieces' and nephews' achievements.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Sunshine Care Home, 3970 Maryland Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Published in The Courier Express on Feb. 3, 2016