Obituary for Joseph Lee Barber of West End

Joseph Lee Barber, 75, of West End, NC passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at his residence.  

Joe was born July 31, 1947 in Pinehurst, NC to the late William Tilman Barber and the late Eula Mae Layton Barber, he was one of thirteen children.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol Barber; his son, Joseph Lee Barber, Jr.; his daughter, Elizabeth Yvonne “Vonnie” Barber Thomas (Ron); five grandchildren, Elizabeth Dawn Keyser (Ray Aull), Carrie Lee Rogers-Buchanan (David), Martha Faith Rogers (Tomie), Jacob Isaac Rogers, and Corey Gray Childress; step-grandchildren Dillon Burton, Justice Childress, and Tyler Burton.  He is also survived by his siblings Earnest Ray Barber (Connie), Elizabeth Jean Whitt (Ronnie Anderson), Brenda Gale Baker, Frederick Allen Barber (Mary Lou) and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family. 

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his siblings, Eula Mae Hammond, Robert Layton Barber, William Claude Barber, John Washington Barber, Charles David Barber, Raymond Mitchell Barber, Peggy Ann Tedder, and Alvin Floyd Barber.

Joe was devoted to serving his country and community. He demonstrated this through his service in the U.S. Army as a combat veteran during the Vietnam War and by working as both a Pinehurst Police Officer and Fire-Fighter.  He grew up on a tobacco farm and continued throughout his life to enjoy growing vegetables in his garden.  He like to sit on the front porch and watch traffic go by while enjoying an endless cup of black coffee, and watching all the birds and squirrels he fed play about on his property.   His primary focus in life was always loving his family.   

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:00PM at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.  The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00PM.  Interment will follow at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church., 4164 Hoffman Road, Jackson Springs, NC 27281.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX, 75284-0692.

A link to the live-stream of his services is available under the Tribute Wall located with his obituary on Boles Funeral Home website.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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