Capt. Ray Cleveland Barber, USN (Ret.), of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away peacefully with family on March 3, 2013, at the age of 86, after a gallant battle with brain cancer.
Ray was born in Port Royal, SC in 1926 to the late George Cleveland Barber and Annie Laurie Smoak Barber. Ray was the fourth of five children, having three brothers and a sister. Upon graduating from Beaufort High School in Beaufort, SC, Ray attended Clemson University. He then entered the Merchant Marines during the end of World War II. Ray was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946 and graduated in the class of 1950. Capt. Barber served aboard the Essex, the Hailey, the Ticonderoga, and the John F. Kennedy during his military career. Ray's primary focus was on Aviation Supply, with his final duty station at COMNAVAIRLANT in Norfolk, VA. Upon retiring from the Navy, Ray dabbled in Real Estate and started two successful companies.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne A. Barber; his only son, R. Craig Barber and wife Beth H. Barber; two granddaughters, Sarah E. Barber, Kristen Rae Krueger and husband Tim Krueger; and a great granddaughter, Avery Jeanne Krueger. Ray is also survived by his sister, Ruth Dickinson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Bob Henderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray's true love other than family was golf, playing four to five times a week at Broad Bay Country Club up until his diagnosis, shooting under his age on a regular basis. His friends at Broad Bay were his extended family. A special thank you to all his golfing buddies.
A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral, Great Neck Chapel where the family will receive friends the hour prior. Burial will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control at P.O. Box 55205, Virginia Beach, VA 23471 or the Virginia Beach SPCA. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
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