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Mr. Robert Barber, Jr.
November 7, 1941
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Robert (Bobby, Big Bob) Benjamin Barber, Jr., the oldest of three children, was born on November 7, 1941, in Kansas City, Missouri to Robert Benjamin Barber, Sr. and Thelma Morris Barber. He departed this life on Thursday, December 7, 2023. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother, Gerald Barber, and stepson, Leon Rollins.
He was educated in the Kansas City School District and was a graduate of the class of 1960, Lincoln High School. He excelled in rifle marksmanship and received many accolades while in the ROTC. He played football in high school, played in a semi-pro league for a while after graduating from high school and was an avid lifelong football fan.
Robert united in marriage to Eva Rollins and became the loving father of two daughters and six stepchildren. In 1999, he married Shirley Hall and they blended their families of nine children. He was devoted to his children. His guiding words were, “Love one another”.
He had a strong work ethic and was willing to do whatever he could to support his children. He worked for Davidson Furniture, Coke Cola Bottling Company, various part time jobs, Owens Corning Fiberglas Company, The City of Kansas City Water Department and was the security guard for The Kansas City Call until his health failed.
He loved bowling and participated in tournaments around the country. He also loved driving and belonged to a motor club. His hobbies included working on cars and trucks. He also loved to dance. As a member of the Rooster Channel Jumpers CB club, he supported many charitable causes. Robert was always ready to assist someone in need. Nobody was a stranger. He loved being surrounded by family and friends.
Robert accepted Christ and was baptized at Second Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO. As an adult, he became a member of St. Monica Catholic Church where he was a strong supporter of the music ministry.
To rejoice in his memory and celebrate his life, Robert leaves his wife, Shirley, sister, Toi Wilson; daughters, Vickie Ray (Terry), Toi Rollins; stepdaughters, Valerie James (Victor), Tami Francis, Christine Johnson Harvey, Lillie Fay Rollins, Cecilia White; stepson, Dwayne Rollins. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 22, 2023, 11am at St. Monica Catholic Church, 1616 Paseo Blvd. Kansas City, MO. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.