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Winburn Lee (Bud) Barber of the Greenwood Community died Thursday, July 24, 2014. He was born and died in a Parker County farm house – 100 years four months and 15 days apart.
Funeral service will be held at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. with interment in the Greenwood Community cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Galbreaith Pickard.
In lieu of flowers the family requestsd donations be made to the charity or association of choice.
Mr. Barber was born March 9, 1914 during the first administration of Woodrow Wilson – four months before the outbreak of World War I. He lived in Parker County all his life except for time spent in Europe during World War II. Barber was a staff sergeant in the 80th Infantry (Blue Ridge) Division in General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army – across France and Germany – with a small detour through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg.
He married Myrle Wilkins of Poolville Dec. 27, 1941 and enjoyed 38 years of married life before her death in January 1980.
Barber graduated from Weatherford High School class of 1931, Weatherford College, and Texas A&M class of 1946. He was an educator who taught at Greenwood School during the 1930s, was director of the Parker County Vocational School (for returning WWII veterans), and taught vocational agriculture (FFA) for 20 years at Weatherford High School where he retired in 1975.
Barber was a member of South Main St. Church of Christ in Weatherford where he faithfully served as an elder for 26 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents Winburn and Mary Goodson Barber, his brothers Bert, Henry and Harry and a sister Marzelle.
He is survived by his sons, Gerald Lee Barber and wife, Linda of Santa Fe, N.M. and James Stanley Barber of Weatherford; sister, Mayme Ruth Heartsill of Weatherford; twin brothers, Joe Ralph Barber and wife Mickey of Cedar Park and James Ray Barber and wife Barbara of Longview, Rev. Billy Truett Barber and wife Pat of Hendersonville, Tenn.; grandson, U.S. Army Captain Cooper Barber and granddaughter Kaela Barber of Los Alamos, N.M.; sister-in-law Melba Puryear of Weatherford; and numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.