Wilmer Clyde Barfield, 93 of Graceville, Florida passed away Monday September 6th at his daughters residence in Bainbridge, Georgia after a short illness.
A Home-going service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, September 10, 2021 at Damascus Baptist Church with burial to follow in church cemetery, James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Born January 4, 1928 to the late Edgar Charles and Minnie Lela Golden of Graceville.
Mr. Barfield was a lifelong resident of Graceville and Jackson County, Florida except for the years he spent in Oconee County South Carolina. While there he met the love of his life, Edith Carolene Butte. After a brief courtship and a one week engagement, the couple were married in the home of the bride’s sister.
The couple had a daughter and when she was three, the family moved to Graceville. There, Mr. Clyde went into the piano tuning and repair business with his brother Gene. He also farmed peanuts and soybeans, and grew a garden. Gardening became his form of exercise as he got older. He could basically put something in the ground and it would grow. His yard was covered in fruit bearing trees, including peaches, blueberries, and a satsuma tree.
He was also a musician who sang bass in quartets, choirs and played piano by ear. He had a marvelously rich, bass voice, and preferred the old quartet songs and hymns over the ‘new fangeled’(as he called it) music played in today’s churches.
Mr. Clyde, or Uncle Son, as he was known to his nieces and nephews, was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Charles and Minnie Lela Golden Barfield, an infant brother Carl, his wife of forty three years Edith. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Rev. Olif Barfield, Delmos, Jack, Gene and Lloyd, Sisters: Eva Brown, Lela Mae Baggett, Eddith Adams, and Thelma Greer.
Mr. Clyde is survived by his daughter Elaine Harlow (Matt) of Bainbridge, Georgia, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and neighbors