Harvey C. Barber, Jr., 89, of Maitland, Florida, died peacefully Sunday, November 22, 2015, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church of Ashburn in Ashburn, Georgia, with Dr. Michael Ruffin officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashburn, Georgia. The family will receive friends Friday, November 27, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Perry Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Barber was born October 4, 1926 in Cottondale, Florida, to the late Harvey C. Barber, Sr. and Vesta W. Barber. After graduating from Cottondale High School, he joined the United States Navy serving during World War II. Following World War II, Mr. Barber graduated from Florida State University in one of the school’s first graduating classes to include men. Mr. Barber enjoyed a notable banking career beginning as an examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and culminating as the President of the Ashburn Bank in Ashburn, Georgia. During his tenure as President of the Ashburn Bank, Mr. Barber also served as the Mayor of Ashburn. Following his banking career, Mr. Barber enjoyed careers in the timber industry and accounting. In retirement, his greatest joy was spending time with his family in Fitzgerald, Georgia and Tifton, Georgia.
Mr. Barber is survived by his daughter, Anita B. Shanklin and son-in-law Richard G. Shanklin of Maitland, Florida; daughter-in-law Patricia Barber of Tifton, Georgia; step-daughters Susan (Shep) Dunn, Belinda Dixon and Donna Wilson, all of Fitzgerald, Georgia; his sisters, Marilyn Raynor of Jackson, Georgia, Janice Christmas of Graceville, Florida and Caroline Steele of Fall Church, Virginia; his grandchildren, Melissa Barber, Kristen Capelli, Matthew Shanklin, Dana Walters, Shelby Waldron, John Shep Dunn, Nate Wilson, Blake Wilson, Jad Dixon, Andee Carter and Ashlee Dixon.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Ileene G. Barber, his second wife, Ruby S. Barber and son, Harvey Christopher (“Chris”) Barber, III.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Kitchen in Fitzgerald, Georgia.