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James Cecil Barber, 75, of Ashland, passed into the arms of Jesus Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, after an extended illness.
Jim was born Dec. 20, 1941, in Williamson, W.Va., to Harry Russell Barber and Kathleen Davis Barber.
His was preceded death by his father.
Jim served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He worked several years as a machinist at Connors Steel in Huntington and as shop foreman at Fairchild Machine Shop in Ashland. He was a member of Westwood Wesleyan Church.
Jim volunteered as a Boy Scout leader in the Tri-State Area Council. His hobbies included old-time blacksmithing, camping, hiking and squirrel hunting. He loved the family tradition of making apple butter outdoors over an open fire.
He is survived by his 95 year old mother, Kathleen; two children, Beth Barber of Raceland and Mitch Barber of Cincinnati, Ohio; one grandchild, Bryant Barber; and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Mayne.
A private commitment ceremony will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
A Memorial Service for friends and family will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America, "Campership" Scholarship Fund, 2829 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV 25311 or buckskin.org.
Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home in Elsmere is in charge of arrangements.
Condolence may be sent to catchen.com.
Published on October 28, 2017
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