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Wilfred Loren Barber, 86, died on March 6, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Ezra Theodore Barber and Freddie Lou Jenkins Barber on April 6, 1929. He attended Pauls Valley High School, East Central College, and he graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1957 with a BA degree and Juris Doctor degree in 1959. Wilfred was a member of the O.U. Student Senate and a charter member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and the Delta Beta Chapter Legal Fraternity. He served in the Army Quartermaster Corps from 1952 to 1954, was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and served as an Elder in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. He married Mary Frances Thurman on October 18, 1958, who predeceased him in 1983. To this union were born daughter Mary Loren Barber and son, Jay Scott Barber (deceased in infancy). In 1984, he married Peggy Jane Rose and has two step-sons, Scott and Kelly Rose. Grandchildren through their marriage are Amy Rose Firestone, Kristi Rose Hodges, Eric Rose and Evan Rose and Samantha Bennett. Upon graduation from the OU School of Law, he practiced law in Lindsay, Oklahoma from 1959 until he retired in 1992. He was a member of Oklahoma and Garvin County Bar Associations. He was very civic-minded and active in the Lindsay community, founder and president of the Lindsay Kiwanis Club, president of the Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Lindsay Industrial Authority and Industrial Foundation. He established the Lindsay Hospital Foundation and was a charter member of the Lindsay Civic Arts Association. He chartered the REC Foundation and served as the attorney for the Rural Electric Cooperative. Wil was a very caring, gentle man who enjoyed golf, raising and showing bantam roosters, his little terrier, Magi, music and the arts. He enjoyed sports, having participated in football and wrestling in high school. He is survived by his daughter Mary Loren Barber (Lori); sister Nancy Barber Oliver; brother Jim Barber; and stepsons Scott Loray Rose and wife Sherri, and Kelly Ray Rose and wife Sherrie. He was preceded in death by his wives Mary Thurman Barber and Peggy Rose Barber; brothers Theodore Thomas Barber, Homer Lee Barber; and sister Ruth Barber Maxwell. Services for Mr. Barber were held Friday afternoon, March 11 at the United Methodist Church, located at 114 W. Chickasaw St. in Lindsay, Oklahoma, with Rev. Jacki Banks officiating. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Services were under the direction of B. G. Boydston Funeral Home of Lindsay, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made online at www.boydstonfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 15, 2016
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