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Richard Ben Barber Jr., known for his service to his country and his successful career as a boilermaker, passed away on June 20, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 18, 1950, in Richmond County, North Carolina, to Richard Ben Barber and Minnie Lou Grant Barber.

Richard’s life was filled with love and laughter. A proud Coast Guard veteran, he began a fulfilling career as a boilermaker after his military service. His work was not just a job, but a passion that brought him great joy.

In addition to his professional achievements, Richard’s family was very important to him. He is survived by his devoted wife Beverly Sears Barber, his beloved children Dana Michelle Sauls and William Richard Barber (Meredith), and grandchildren Bryson J. Hudson, Kaity Ann Sauls, Chad Hamilton Sauls, Madelyn Grace Barber and Shelby Rose Barber, his brother Robert Wayne Barber (Pam), and his nephew Ben Barber.

Richard, known as “Papa,” enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending all the events they were involved in. His memories will be forever cherished by those who knew him best.

Richard had many interests outside of work and family. He graduated from high school and earned an associate degree from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Described as funny, caring, and deeply devoted to his family, Richard touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

His death leaves a void in the lives of his family and friends who will miss him dearly. Richard is reunited in heaven with his father Richard Ben Barber, his mother Minnie Lou Grant Barber and his brother Sidney Curtis Barber.

A wake to honor Richard’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in Rockingham. This will be followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. in the Colonial Chapel of the Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Mitchell Roller officiating.

The urn burial will take place at a later date at Ellerbe Cemetery in Ellerbe, North Carolina.

As we celebrate Richard’s life, we remember a remarkable man who touched many hearts with his kindness and humor. May he rest in peace, knowing he was loved and will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard Ben Barber, Jr. may be made to Richmond County Hospice, 1119 N US Hwy 1, Rockingham, North Carolina, 28379.