The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 1, 2012 at First Salem Baptist Church, 191 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Elder John Barber was born August 31, 1943, in Montezuma Georgia to the late Alvin Barber and Mother Annie Bell Barber. When John was born, he had a ‘veil’ over his face, at that moment his mother knew that he would be an extraordinary child and that God would use him mightily.
At the age of seven, his parents relocated to Detroit, Michigan. John completed his education and graduated from Northwestern High School. At the age of 17, he became a member of the Latter Day Church under the leadership of Pastor Creer. After accepting the Lord as his personal Savior, he was baptized. A year later, John accepted the call to Evangelize, birthing out the Gospel of Peace Ministry. During a summer revival in Columbus, Ohio, he met Marilyn Smalls.
On December 1, 1973, John and Marilyn were united in holy matrimony. To that union, two children were born: Jelani and Ashanti Denise. Marriage and family didn’t stop Evangelist Barber from preaching the Gospel. He continued to travel over the next two decades, preaching from the north to the south and throughout the Midwest touching many lives. Because he shared the Gospel of Peace, he was loved by many. Evangelist Barber fought a good fight, kept the faith, and finished his course. He made his peaceful transition on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Marilyn (38 years), two beautiful children, Jelani and Ashanti Denise, mother-in-law Sister Evelyn Smalls, four brothers and five sisters Willie Albert Haugabook, Montezuma, Susie Lee Hunter, Detroit, MI, Daisy Mae Jewell, Detroit, MI, Bosie Lee Barber, Montezuma, GA, Lillie Bell Oglesby (Gus), Detroit, MI, Emma Mae Cobb, Wayne, MI, J. Harvey Barber (Irene) Ecorse, MI, Robert Lee Barber, Ecorse, MI, Claudia Mae Fox, Southfield, MI, three siblings that preceded him in death, Atlou, Richard and Joseph.
He also leaves to cherish four brothers-in-law: Romero Simmons (Barbara), Edisto Island, SC, Willie Smalls, Columbus, OH, Kenneth Smalls (Cynthia) Columbus, OH, Tyrone Smalls, Columbus, OH. Five sisters-in-law: Carolyn Conley (Edward) Memphis, TN, Juanita Smalls, Columbus, OH, Jeanette Rodgers (David), Southfield, MI, Kathy Pack, Columbus, OH, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and friends will also cherish his memories.
- JELANI(Saturday, July 13 13 06:24 pm EDT)
I will always love you dad. I miss you so much
- linda mahone(Sunday, January 06 13 11:27 pm EST)
we love and miss elder barber. we are carrying on in Christ Jesus name we @are from super 8 hotel in Elyria ohio. we still have our meedtings every third sunday. we encourage all others to do the same Godbless all his people.
- Agnes Hosley Sumner(Monday, December 31 12 05:44 pm EST)
I was blessed to hear Evangelist Barber proclaim the Gospel in the mid 90s and I still have that message in my tape libary. God is good. He is fought a good fight and finished his course. Rip Evangelist John Henry Barber
- Apostle Winston E. Pitters(Sunday, December 02 12 09:44 pm EST)
This is Apostle Pitters, I remember Evangelist Barber when he came to Haines City, Fl. for revivals, he was very deep and his teachings were off the chain, I had been looking for him for about a year now, I am so sorry that he is gone but I will meet him again, his ministry blessed me greatly.... My prayers are with the family,... Peace!!!
- Sherry Francine Oliver(Saturday, December 01 12 03:16 am EST)
With sympathy and prayers.
- Becky Harris-Davis(Friday, November 30 12 03:26 pm EST)
May God continue to watch over you all during this time of grief, May comfort you in the his arms. Evangelist Barber you have fought a good fight and God knows that your teaching and preaching have help change lives because you spoke the word that was from God may you rest peacefully
- melvyna Curgil(Thursday, November 29 12 01:02 pm EST)
your family is in my prayers.