Tifton Gazette

Obituaries

December 8, 2012

Gertie Mae Taylor Barber

BERRIEN COUNTY — Mrs. Gertie Mae Taylor Barber, 88, a lifetime resident of Berrien County, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Berrien Nursing Center.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Donnie Sloan, the Rev. Kenneth Mathews and the Rev. Ronnie Lawson officiating.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Lovein Funeral Home in Nashville.

Mrs. Barber was born Sept. 16, 1924 in Worth County to the late Martin R. Taylor and Melissa Holloway Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Theodore Barber; two sons, Don Barber and Wayne Barber; and four brothers, James Taylor, Reuben Taylor, Riley Taylor and Rancil Taylor.

Survivors include her children, Elaine and David Pugh of Cordele, Tommy and Patricia Barber; Michael Barber, Billy Barber, Roger Barber of Nashville and Faith and Dean Noles, all of Nashville; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; 26 step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; six sisters, Trudie McNabb, Grace Friar, Josephine Joyce, Geraldine Champa and Rudine Schmittou, all of West Berrien Community and Ruth Harris of Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Barber was a loving wife, and devoted Christian mother.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, visiting the elderly, playing the piano and writing songs.  As a teenager she sang and played the mandolin with the Taylor Quartette.  She was a lifelong member of Vickers Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.purvisfh.com.  Purvis Funeral Home of Adel is in charge of arrangements.

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