In memory of our friend,
Geddings Palmer "Butch" Barber - K5GB
February 25, 1940 - April 27, 2004
Obituary from the Houston Chronicle:
Geddings Palmer "Butch" Barber, 64, passed away on April 27, 2004. He will be remembered by his family, friends, colleagues and clients as an honest, wise and witty man who touched many lives in his own unique way. Butch was born in Houston, Texas on February 25, 1940, to the late Geddings P. and Kathleen Drake Barber. After attending elementary school at St. Vincent de Paul, he graduated from St. Thomas High School, then attended Rice and the University of St. Thomas where he received his BS in Physics. He later earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston and received his CPA license in 1970.
Butch has been a member of St. John Vianney parish for over 30 years. He was active in his children's baseball teams as they were growing up and devoted several years to coaching Little League and teaching CCD. He was a current member of the Optimist Club, TDXS ham radio club, the Texas Society of CPA's, and the American Society of CPA's.
Butch is survived by his wife Angie, son Joe and wife Karen of Houston, daughter Mary Kay Barber of Austin, son Charles and wife Kristen of Richmond, and son James of Houston; grandchildren Hailey and Blake Barber of Richmond, and Austin and Tyler Barber of Houston; his aunts Mary Ann Amerman and Francis Brown, and his uncle Robert Amerman, many cousins and numerous friends.
Visitation will be on Thursday April 29, 7:45-8:30 pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail. Funeral Mass will be April 30 at 11:00 am, also at St. John Vianney. A private internment will follow later at Forest Park on Lawndale. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to St. Thomas High School, 4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007.
A Tribute by Richard King - K5NA, April 29, 2004:
I am very saddened to hear about Butch.
When I was there to do my presentation at the April 8th meeting Butch was there to say "hello" and talk with me for a while. He was a dear friend and he leaves many pleasant memories behind.
Many of you weren't around in the late 70's when I went through a tough divorce and became a single parent with two small children. I was struggling in many ways and several of our club members stepped forward to help me through those trying times.
Butch Barber was one of those that tried to help. He and his family showed me and my kids great kindness and even took us to their weekend house at Canyon Lake for a fun-filled weekend of boating and tubing. It was a weekend that my kids and I still remember with great fondness.
Butch was one of the finest men that I have ever known. I never heard him speak ill of anyone because his standards were above that.
I had wanted to come to the funeral but I have a serious conflict here that keeps me from doing so. I regret that I can't make it. Those of you attending please convey my most sincere condolences to Butch's family.
Butch will certainly be missed.
Richard King - K5NA
A letter to TDXS from the Barber family:
"We thank the Texas DX Society for the beautiful basket of flowers you sent for Butch's funeral. We are grateful to all who came to the services. Your support has meant a lot to us. I know you'll miss Butch, too. Ham radio was such a big part of his life."
Angie Barber and Family