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Joe Ralph Barber, lovingly known as "Papa" and "Pop," 93, of Cedar Park went to be with our Heavenly Father on Dec. 8, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born on Sept. 22, 1923 in Greenwood, to the late Wilburn and Mary Barber. Joe was raised in the Weatherford area where he met the love of his life Mickey. Joe and Mickey were married for 70 years. They raised their family in Mineral Wells and Euless, and moved to the Austin area in 1966. After he retired from the Army National Guard, they moved to Sun City in Georgetown, where he lived until 2010 when he and Mickey moved to the Cedar Park area to be closer to family. Joe Ralph was a member of the First Baptist Church of Georgetown enjoying fellowship with his Sunday School class.
Joe Ralph served in the Army Air Corps and was a WWII veteran. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and three air medals as an aircraft gunner and mechanic before separating from the Air Corps in 1945. In 1948 he joined the Army National Guard in the 49th Armory Division. He retired from the guard in 1983 after 35 years of service.
Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Mickey; his daughter, Deborah Jo; his grandson, William Ross Carter; and multiple brothers and sisters.
Joe leaves behind his daughters, Donna Codrington and Tom, and Janet Carter; grandchildren, Marla Valk and James, John Codrington and Tracy, and Julia Carter; great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Ray and Barbara; and brother Billy; along with numerous other loving family and friends.
Joe Ralph spent the last three years of his life at the Isle at Cedar Ridge in Cedar Park. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Isle who became his extended family and for taking such good, loving care of Papa and especially for singing with him.
A memorial service will be held at his hometown cemetery in Greenwood in April 2017.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Honor Flight Austin, 815A Brazos St., UPS Box 498, Austin, Texas 78701, in appreciation of the flight he and his twin brother were privileged to make together.
Published on December 13, 2016
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