Tommy Wayne Barfoot, 87, of Sneads, Florida, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully Friday, February 9, 2018, in the Marianna Health and Rehab Center. Mr. Barfoot is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Daisy Leona Weeks Barfoot; his son, Timothy “Bo” Joel Barfoot; his parents, John Seabron Barfoot and Vannie Mae Barfoot; and siblings Eve Troutman, Fred Barfoot, Clara Winston, John D. Barfoot, Pat Barfoot, Bruce Barfoot, Pete Barfoot, and Voncile Grace. “Pa” is survived by his daughter, Debbie Howell Davis and husband Ricky of Sneads; one grandson, Travis Sebron Howell and wife Mindy of Sneads; two great-grandchildren, Travis Bowden Howell and Taylor-Reese Victoria Howell; granddaughter Heather Davis Carpenter and husband Brian of Westville, Florida; granddaughter April Davis of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandson Josh Davis of Pensacola, Florida; and great-grandchildren Ethan, Meredith, and Brice Carpenter. Mr. Barfoot is also survived by four sisters-in-law: Ollie Barfoot, Wilma Barfoot Charles, Mabel Barfoot Kirkland, and Betty Weeks.
A special thank you to Irvin and Shirley Ranew, a devoted nephew who sacrificed his time and money (for lottery tickets) to care for Pa and to bring sunshine and companionship to his life. Uncle Tommy especially enjoyed Shirley’s pecan pies. For your special, loving care, we will be forever thankful.
Mr. Tommy was born in Opp, Alabama on March 3, 1930. He moved to Sneads with his family when he was 14 years old. He graduated from Sneads High School in 1948, where he played basketball and was known on the court as “Bulldozer.” After graduation, Mr. Tommy went to work at Florida State Hospital where he worked as the Stores Supervisor. After 47 devoted years of service, he retired and shared many wonderful memories with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
A member of the Sneads First United Methodist, Mr. Tommy served his Savior and his church as a member of the Choir, as a Trustee, the church Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, and in the Methodist Men’s Club. He loved spending time with his church family and with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching them play sports and attending their activities. He was also a member of the East Jackson County Lion’s Club in which he was active in their local charity activities.
Pa especially enjoyed making and sharing his famous homemade peach ice-cream. Mr. Barfoot will forever be known for his sweet, giving, godly spirit and for his generosity to his family and friends. He was loyal to his God, to his wife, to his family, to his job, to his community, and to his church. Those blessed to have been touched by his life will cherish the memories and his godly testimony.
A real special thank you to the staff of Emerald Coast Hospice and the Marianna Health and Rehab Center. These two agencies have provided loving, gentle care for Pa and for our family. Words are inadequate, and we could not have made this journey without your professional and affectionate care.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested charitable contributions be made to Sneads First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Barfoot’s home-going celebration will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018, at Sneads First United Methodist Church at 10:00 am with Reverends Ernie Gray and Juno Douglas officiating. Burial will follow the funeral on Monday at Pope Cemetery in Sneads, Florida. The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 pm at McAlpin Funeral Home (formerly Lanier-Andler Funeral Home).