A memorial service in the Quaker tradition will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the White Plains Friends Meeting (Quaker), followed by fellowship with the family. The Meeting House is located in the White Plains community near Mount Airy. Graveside services will follow in the White Plains Friends Cemetery.
Moody Funeral Service of Mount Airy will assist with the burial.
The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson.
Mr. Barbee was born in Durham County on Oct. 28, 1932 to the late Audrey Thomas Barbee, Sr. and Fannie Lee O'Briant Barbee. He grew up in the Lowe's Grove Community and graduated from Lowe's Grove High School in 1951. Mr. Barbee entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in the Korean Conflict and Japan in the photo reconnaissance unit with top security clearance until his discharge in 1955. Upon his return to Durham, he worked with the U.S. Army Research Office at Duke University prior to entering Guilford College in 1957.
Mr. Barbee graduated from Guilford College in 1961 with a B.A. Degree in Economics and History. Following graduation he began his thirty-year banking career in the executive training program with the North Carolina National Bank, later NCNB, now Bank of America. Mr. Barbee served offices in Greensboro, Statesville and Morganton, before retiring from the bank in 1991. Following his retirement, the Barbee’s moved to Beaufort, NC. Mr. Barbee served as Chief Financial Officer of Atlantic Veneer Corporation, where he managed funds for the international wood processing plant with plants in the U.S., Canada, Germany and Brazil.
During his career, Mr. Barbee was active on several boards and organizations including; United Way, Chambers of Commerce, Community College Co-op Education, Junior Achievement, Jaycees, Community Concerts, Manufacturers Roundtable, Beaufort Business and Professional Association, Rotary Club and Trout Unlimited.
He met Millie Marshall at Guilford College and they were married on Aug. 19, 1961. He is survived by Millie M. Barbee of the home; a beloved daughter, Elizabeth Barbee Shronce (Beth); and two beautiful granddaughters, Katherine Grace Shronce and Anna Elizabeth Shronce of Hickory. Mr. Barbee enjoyed taking his granddaughters on hikes and teaching them to appreciate the natural beauty of the mountains and the coast. Throughout their forty-seven year marriage, the Barbee’s have been avid preservationists of the natural environment and the state's historic resources. Mr. Barbee enjoyed sailing, painting, wildflower photography, trout fishing, golf and hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the New River and the Appalachian Trail.
Memorials may be made to the White Plains Friends Meeting and the Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust.
You may give the family your condolences at our website www.boonefuneralhome.com
Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements.