Lt. Col. Bud Barbee U.S.A.F.
Barbee, Bud Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret) age 93, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Rhode Island. He was the husband of the late Kathryn J. Kay Hampton Barbee, and brother-inlaw of the late Oscar P. Hampton, Jr. and the late Stanley F. Hampton, both of St. Louis. He grew up in St. Louis, son of the late Rose Overton Ammerman and the late Walter H. Ammerman. He was a graduate of McKinley High School, and stayed in touch with the McKinley Goldbugs. He was active in the Second Presbyterian Church youth group and later was a member of the Delmar Baptist Church. Bud met fellow student Kay at Washington University and they married in 1942. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English 1940 and his Masters in 1949. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. In his early career he taught at Maplewood and Ladue High Schools in St. Louis, and remained in contact with former students. He was Uncle Bud to Kay's nieces and nephews: the late Oscar P. Hampton III, (Suzanne), Harriet Hampton Edwards (Arnold), the late Elise Hampton Parsons (Robert), Beverlee Hampton Fraser, Margorie Hampton Phipps (Jay), Hila Hampton Green (Dan), and the late Forrest Hampton. He joined the United States Air Force in 1941, was a pilot serving in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Southeast Asia, and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. His autobiography is entitled Three Wars - but Not a Hero. He led a full life, loved one woman, tried to be a good husband and father, and is survived by two daughters Barbara Lynne Barbee, Kathryn B. Kit Lawrence (E. Swift), three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Services: Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne. Contributions in his honor may be made to Washington University, Campus P.O. Box 1082, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130 or to the United Congregational Church, P.O. Box 506, Little Compton, RI 02835. For online tributes:

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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jul. 14, 2011.
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I was an Air Force ROTC student at the University of New Hampshire from 1963-1967. Lt Col Barbee was the Professor of Aerospace Studies my senior year. I was called into his office to interview for the Distinguished Military Graduate award. I distinctly remember one of his questions to me was how to spell " seize " and " siege ". I was unsure at the time and may have taken a guess, but looking through my college dictionary I have pencil marks next to those words. I noticed Lt Col Barbee's name in the MOAA magazine " In Memoriam " section and immediately recalled this event.

Lt Col Lee F Richmond
Jamestown, NC
October 9, 2011
Lynne and family, We are sad to hear about your Dad. Terry remembers staying at your parents home years ago. I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, but made me smile when I read the tribute on this site. Remember we love you.
Terry & Cyndy Meadows
July 21, 2011
Mr. Barbee was our English teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights high school, Maplewood, MO - class of 1950. He attended our reunion a few years ago and was an honored speaker - we could have listened to him for hours - thank you, Mr. Barbee - and our condolences to the family.
J. Inman MRH class of 1950
Joanne Inman
July 20, 2011
Yes, Kay and Bud were wonderful neighbors
in Satellite Beach for a number of years.
And, the scooter was truly a "signal" that Bud was coming ! What fun !Sympathy to all the family. Fondly, Pat Fedor
July 17, 2011
Sorry to hear about Mr. Barbee's passing, He was a great person who told me many of his life stories. I am blessed and honored to have known such a great man. Gone but never forgotten. May he rest in peace
Stacy Domingos
July 17, 2011
Sorry to learn of Bud's death. He and I were in a poker group for over 25 years in Satellite Beach, FL, and my wife Paula and Bud's wife Kay were good friends. Bud was a gentlemen and a scholar (and a good poker player), and we are saddened by his passing
Bill Thompson
July 15, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences are with you and your family.
Jamie and Debbie Regan
July 15, 2011
Mr. Barbee was remembered fondly by me as an instructor in Junior/Senior high school at MRH. People like this helped young men grow out of childhood and into the preparation for adulthood and maturity.
Arthur Oberman, Capt, US Army Medical Corp, (Ret)
July 13, 2011