December 27, 1930 ~ June 23, 2017 (age 86)
Mr. Robert Barr of Fultondale, Alabama (north of Birmingham) passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at the age of 86.
A visitation will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 in the chapel of Walker Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 with interment at Walker Chapel Memorial Gardens. (Here is the website of the funeral home: http://www.walkerchapelfuneralservices.com/listings).
[Editor's comment: I have known Robert and Naomi Barr all of my life. We grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and were members of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. O. N. Todd, Sr. and O. N. Todd, Jr. were our pastors. Naomi was a good singer and sang in a ladies ensemble called a sextet (a group of six ladies blending their voices in song to minister to God and the congregation). Whenever they sang "Zion's Hill" the Holy Spirit would anoint these ladies and a spirit of adoration, praise and worship swept over the entire congregation. I would sit there and cry silently trying to hold back the loud sobs. What a wonderful blessing these ladies were as O. N. Todd, Jr. accompanied them on the piano. Those were some of the many glory days for me as a youth growing up in the church and I am sure for many people who attended our Pentecostal Holiness church.
Naomi's maiden name is Hammett. What a beautiful name. We don't hear that name very often.
Robert and Naomi were married on February 10, 1950. I can still hear some of the older adults saying, they are too young, it won't last--both of them were 19 years old when they married. Little did they know they would be happily married for 67 years. I remember visiting them in their apartment in Norwood just around the corner from where my sister, Mary Evelyn Morgan McDuff and her husband R. H. McDuff had an apartment.
Robert and Naomi both worked with Oral Roberts during his tent crusades for some eight years. Naomi was a gifted secretary and administrator and worked in the crusade office in Tulsa. Robert drove one of the tractors that pulled the large trailer with the tent and equipment, and helped supervise the erecting and taking down of the big tents, constructing the platform, working with the men who did the sound system and filming of the crusades, and placed the chairs for the people. He assisted in helping those who stood in the prayer lines for Oral to lay his hands upon them for healing. They witnesses hundreds of miracles of healing and the salvation of thousands of precious souls.
I knew Robert Barr's parents, George and Faith McDuff Barr. Faith was the oldest sister in my brother-in-law, R. H. McDuff's family. Their father, Fred McDuff, Sr., was the Police Chief of Birmingham and Jefferson County Sheriff at the same time. He was known for his honesty and integrity. He was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and a strict tither. Faith lived to be 97. I have eaten many meals in her home. She was one of the best cooks in the known world.
Robert Barr was in declining health for several years. He at one time was a stalwart man, full of energy and strength. He always had a big garden with all kinds of vegetables. He enjoyed digging in the dirt and giving away vegetables to family and friends. Robert and Naomi were known as generous givers. They were happy Christians and showed it.
I wish I could be there for Robert Barr's funeral on Monday. He was two years older than me. What a wonderful man and a true friend.