Robert F. "Bob" Barfield Sr.
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Robert F. "Bob" Barfield Sr.
Robert F. "Bob" Barfield Sr., age 87, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020, in Tuscaloosa. Services will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 23, 2020, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Damon Rose officiating and Magnolia Chapel North directing. Burial will follow in Williamson Cemetery in Northport, Ala. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jason Malcom and Nettie Lee Barfield; and son, Robert "Rick" Barfield Jr.
Survivors include his children, Kim Barfield Moralas and Jorene Barfield; grandchildren, Fiona Moralas, Lauren Hill, and Nathan Waters; great grandchildren, Megan Hill; brother, Ronald Barfield; and devoted friend, Berry Meggs. He also leaves behind his pet, Bandit Barfield.
Mr. Barfield graduated from Georgia Tech. with a PHD in engineering. He was the Dean of Engineering for The University of Alabama and also served in the Marine Corps.
He was was a baseball fan, The Astros and The Braves, and he loved Alabama football, and he was a member of The Covenant Presbyterian on Prince Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa or Amedysis Hospice.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
I had great respect for Dr. B, and knew him through my dear brother Rick, his son, who pre-deceased him nearly four years to the day. I can remember my first meeting with Dr. Barfield (I could never bring myself to call him "Bob"), at his office somewhere on campus. I didn't know much about him except that he was Rick's dad and my parents seemed to know exactly who he was and feel he was a kind of great entity at the UA (my mom used to work in the McClure library long before I was a UA student, and knew the ins and outs of campus politics). I remember him sitting across his desk at me as Rick and I came in for some reason, and when I was introduced by Rick as "my friend Phil" I remember how Dr. B sort of leaned back and scrutinized me through his spectacles on the end of his nose, like a very discerning Hemingway observing a second-rate bullfighter. But he was cordial enough, shook my hand in his vice grip, and that was the beginning of a relationship-with-my-friends-dad that was to see various fantastic dinners at his house over bottles of Rioja (a regional Spanish wine he introduced me to and is to the day my favorite), and amazing conversation. He lived such a life, the obituary doesn't even come close to encapsulating it. If he had written short stories, his experiences would have actually outshone Hemingway. I could go on and on, and someday maybe I will, but I think there is a character limit. Rest in Peace, Dr. Barfield. You were loved.
Phillip Clark
October 23, 2020
Bob and i went to school with Bob Barfield. and I was in nurses training with his wife Marion, at Piedmont Hospital , we were good friends and they were in our wedding. good memories.
Betty B Hayes
October 22, 2020
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