PHOENIX, NY – James L. “Jimmy” Barber, 76, of Ira (Cato), passed away on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015.
He was born in Utica, NY, on Dec. 12, 1938.
He was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools.
James was an U. S. Army veteran serving abroad and stateside. He achieved the rank of PFC.
Jimmy was an automobile salesman for Burdick B. M. W. Co., in North
Syracuse, retiring in 1996 after 20 years of service.
Upon retiring Jimmy moved to the country. His love for cars continued, including antique, muscle cars and luxury automobiles.
He enjoyed playing billiards with his nephews, Jay, Collin, and his friend,
Jimmy loved the NY Giants football, the NY Yankees baseball, Syracuse Orange sports, loved the out of doors, including mowing his lawn, and Cocker Spaniel dogs.
Jimmy enjoyed music. He loved playing the piano and singing. Jam sessions with his brother, Doug, were at the top of his list.
He also like country western music.
He was a member of the Little Utica United Methodist Church and loved
his church family.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marion (Pottleton) and
Edward Barber; a brother Rev. Douglas E. Brushell in 2012; and sisters, Sally Jean
Surviving are his loving wife, Joyce (Johnson) Barber; one brother, Gareth
(Dee) Wood; three sisters, Joanie Petrucci, Sandy Couch and Linda (David) Felix; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no calling hours.
Services will be held on February 17 at 10 a.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, with nephew Jason D. Brushell officiating.