August 28, 1942 - August 23, 2017
Joan Carolyn Barber, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Golden Living Center in Amory . She was born August 28, 1942 to the late Cleetis Carson Raburn and the late Earnie Mae Stovall Raburn. She was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church. Joan married her high school sweetheart of 57 years the late Bobby Joe Barber. She was a member of the East Fulton Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and a devoted friend. She grew up in the Centerville community near Mantachie with her five sisters. She later moved to Pearl, MS then to Ocean Springs, MS where she lived for over 40 years. She returned to Fulton several years ago to be closer to family. She spent many years in the classroom with elementary children and was a past member of the Sweet Adelines, Pearl Jaycettes, and her sorority Beta Alpha as well as was involved with many other civic groups and activities. She loved to travel and have fun and enjoyed many daring adventures. Joan will be remembered for her generous heart, her loving and encouraging smile and her kindness and compassion towards others. .
Services will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday August 26, 2017 at East Fulton Baptist Church with Bro. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday August 26, 2017 at East Fulton Baptist Church.
Senter Funeral has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include Daughter, Susan (Christopher) Gates of Springfield, MO, Son, Jeff Barber of Ocean Springs, MS, mother in law, Eva Lois Johnson of Fulton, brother in law, Gary (Nancy) Johnson, Grandchildren, Christy (Patrick) Garlotte, Amy (Jason) Manning, Ashley (Drew) Kittrell, Natalie Gates, Nicolas Gates, great granddaughter, Madyson Manning, Sisters, Willa Dean Gaddy, Sue Nichols, Judy Grimes, Nephews, Danny Nichols, Jack Nichols, Michael Nichols, Steve Gaddy, Stuart Gaddy, John Kirksey, Bob Kirksey, Bill Kirksey,Mark Grimes, Chris Willis, Nieces, Julie Grimes Waldorf, Stacy Weis, and Leslie Martin.
She was preceded in death by her Husband of 57 years, Bobby Joe Barber, a Son Phillip Alan Barber, Her Father, Cleetis Carson Raburn, Her Mother, Earnie Mae Raburn, and her Sisters, Betty Jean Willis, Linda Kirksey, and a Niece, Lauren Chase.
Pallbearers will be Steve Gaddy, Stuart Gaddy, John Kirksey, Bob Kirksey, Bill Kirksey, Jack Nichols, and Mark Grimes.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com