Lance CPL. Charles Ray “Charlie” Barr, age 78, of Damascus, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. He was a native of Washington County, Virginia and was a son of the late Ray and Bessie Barr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired school bus driver with the Washington County School System for twenty-five years. He also was a farmer and worked at sanding and refinishing hardwood floors. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Damascus Volunteer Rescue Squad. He enjoyed hunting and all nature activities, including just sitting and watching and listening to the birds and squirrels. He loved all his relatives and family very much. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Donna Mae Powers, and two brothers, Virgil Barr and Morris Booker Barr.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Carol Barr; two daughters, Nancy Campbell and her husband, Sam, of Bristol, Virginia, and Sharon Clark and her husband, Bill, of Damascus, Virginia; two special grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Clark and Sammy Campbell; one sister, Laure Richardson of Glade Spring, Virginia; one brother, Roy D. Barr and his wife, Barbara, of Glade Spring, Virginia; several special nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 Noon Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the graveside at Sunset Memorial Park with Rev. Warren Wilson officiating. The Highlands Fellowship Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Clark, Sam Campbell, Lanie Barr, Ray Umberger, Lacy Barr, Dennis McCracken, Lannie McCracken, Darryl Barr, Eric Barr, and David Clark. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Forrest Swan, Dr. Roger McSharry, the staff of the 5th Floor and C.C.U. at Johnston Memorial Hospital, the staff at Lincare Inc., all the other many medical professionals that cared for him, and to all the friends for their many prayers and love given to the family. There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting www.garrettfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Barr and his family are in the care of Garrett Funeral Home, 203 N. Shady Avenue, Damascus, VA 24236, 276-475-3631.