Billy Ray Barber
Billy Ray Barber
  • September 15, 1933 - March 14, 2015
  • Arthur City, Texas

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Billy Ray Barber, 81, of Arthur City, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Brentwood Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled funeral services for 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Chicota Baptist Church with Reverend Rocky Burrow officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be held at 10:15 am, Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Mr. Barber was born September 15, 1933 in Blossom to Lee Roy Barber and Esther Lambert Barber. He attended West Lamar School followed by his induction in the U.S. Army in August 1953. Mr. Barber served his country proudly and received an Honorable Discharge in June 1955. He met Joyce Phemister on July 2, 1955 and they married on July 31, 1955, building over 59 years of family and memories. Mr. Barber was a member of Chicota Baptist Church and The Wise Men’s Sunday School Class. He also enjoyed fishing, anytime he could. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia Williams and Alta Fogelman and a brother, Harrell Barber. Survivors include his wife; his children, Rachel Rodges & husband Terry of Irving, Billy Barber & wife Tonya of Arthur City and Priscilla Snipes & husband John of Irving; grandchildren, Naaman Rodges, Barry Rodges & wife Paige, O’Neal Rodges, Lindsay Hayes & husband Justin, Jamie Guzman & husband Rusty, Tara Barber, Faith Rodges, Millicent Rodges, Billy Snipes, Thomas Snipes, Travis Ray Snipes, Ty Lucas Barber, Savannah Barber, Ricky Tucker and Taylor Tucker; 15 great-grandchildren, 17 nieces, 15 nephews; one sister, Pat Crane; two brothers, Travis Barber and Kenneth Barber & wife June; one sister-in-law, Molly Spiers & husband Bobby, along with a host of friends. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Mr. Barber’s 18 grandchildren, members of The Wise Men’s Sunday School Class, as well as Ken Barber, Clint Barber, Michael Wisdom, Malcolm Reed, Ken Doll, Jerry Rodges, Rusty Guzman and Travis Ray Snipes.