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Joe Russell Barbee, Columbia, KY (1920-2012)

He was a highly respected member of a prominent, old line Adair County, KY family. He leaves seven direct living descendants. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII and was a member of Columbia Christian Church and Columbia Masonic Lodge 96 for 60 years. He was the owner of Joe R. Barbee Lime and Gravel Service and a farmer
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Joe R. Barbee, 91, of Columbia, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:25amCT, at Summit Manor Health and Rehab, Columbia, KY.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Raymond Martin and Bro. Terry White officiating. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012. A Masonic Service will be conducted by Columbia Masonic Lodge 96 on Tuesday at 7pmCT, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery, 315 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.


Casket bearers: Danny Propes, Rudy Higginbotham, Bob Barnes, Steve Earnhart, Bob Fishback and Bill Conn.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Bill Spicer, James E. Shirley, Raymond Martin, Jimmy Tupman, Billy Joe Tupman, Donald Tupman, Glenn Epperson, Robert Flowers, Jim Flowers, Joe Flowers, Sam Pelly, Oral Hancock, Bobby Caldwell, Kendall Harvey, Willie Matt Feese, J.C. VanArsdale, Wayne Hatcher and Bobby Moore.

Joe Russell Barbee, Columbia, KY (1920-2012)

He was born Tuesday, November 23, 1920 in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Joe and Nannie Russell Barbee. He died Saturday, August 25, 2012, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 2 days.

He served his country in the United States Army during WWII and was a member of Columbia Christian Church and Columbia Masonic Lodge 96 for 60 years. He was the owner of Joe R. Barbee Lime and Gravel Service and a farmer.

Survivors include:
  • His wife: Ruby Tupman of Columbia, KY

  • Two sons: Joe L. Barbee of Columbia and Jimmy T. Barbee of Buffalo, NY

  • Three grandchildren: Susan Lynn Barbee-Harvey of Columbia, KY; Sarah Barbee Espinosa of Lexington and Jennifer Barbee Earnhart of Buffalo, NY

  • Two great grandchildren: Annelise Espinosa and Amelia Ruby Earnhart
Send a condolence to the family of Joe R. Barbee

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to be in the form of a donation to the Columbia Christian Church Building Fund. These may be made at the funeral home.


This story was posted on 2012-08-27 11:53:46
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