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Richard Clifford Barbour
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1898
Death: Oct. 2, 1991

Richard Clifford Barbour was born August 31, 1898, in Franklin Co., Virginia. He was the eldest of three children of James Millard Barbour and Mary Virginia Bondurant Barbour. He was baptized in Swansonville Methodist Church at the age of 22. This act of commitment was the beginning of a dynamic and effective Christian life.

Clifford was educated in the elementary schools of Pittsylvania County. He spent two years at Chatham High School. He then entered Ferrum Junior College and spent six years at Ferrum and graduated in 1929. Clifford was received on trial into the Virginia conference in 1926, ordained a deacon in 1928. He came into full conference membership in 1929 and was ordained an elder in 1930.

Clifford's first appointment was the Henry Circuit. Anderson Chapel was one of the five churches and this was Barbour's home church. He had three fruitful years there. He also served the Patrick Charge with seven churches: Fieldale; Batesville and Hinton Avenue in the Charlottesville District; Sledd Memorial, Stanleytown, and Stokesland in the Danville District; Woodlawn in the Roanoke District; McCanless Memorial, South Boston, Oakland at Dry Fork; Whitmell and St. Johns, Danville District.

Clifford's ministry was marked by building programs of many of the churches he served. These included a new parsonage at Stokesland, an educational building at Woodlawn, Roanoke, and a new parsonage at McCanless Memorial, South Boston.

His best work was in the pulpit ministry, he loved to preach, he loved people, he was evangelistic in his preaching and had good success in his endeavors, winning more than 500 souls for Christ

On December 26, 1928, Clifford married Verta Margaret Wells. She served faithfully with him for more than 60 years. No children were born to this union, but the couple took a foster child to share their home -- Charlotte Pugh from Bastesville, Virginia. She is married to R.V. Northington and they have two daughters, who are happily married, and five grandchildren.

Clifford retired in June 1964 and he and Margaret built their home and lived in Swansonville, Virginia, where they continued to serve God's people being very active in Swansonville United Methodist Church. They were instrumental in helping this community charge achieve station status, donated the land and spearheaded the construction of a lovely new parsonage.

After an extended illness, this good and faithful servant entered into the promised rest and reward of his Lord. On a glorious fall day, October 2, 1991, family, friends, and fellow ministers filled Swansonville United Methodist Church to overflowing to honor this devoted servant of Christ. The service was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Bruce Carper and District Superintendent Louis E. Carson.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Margaret Wells Barbour of the home; five half-sisters, Callie B. Jones, Beatrice B. Meadows, Elizabeth B. Williams, Boyard B. Barbour, and Catherine B. Moore; two half-brothers, Toler Barbour, and Paul Barbour. He was buried in the mausoleum in Danville Memorial Gardens, Danville, Virginia.

-Bruce Carper

Family links: 
  James Millard Barbour (1860 - 1944)
  Mary Virginia Bondurant Barbour (1872 - 1903)
  Verta Margaret Wells Barbour (1905 - 2001)
  Bruce James Barbour (1886 - 1974)**
  Benjamin Singleton Barbour (1888 - 1971)**
  Posey Lester Barbour (1889 - 1977)**
  Eva Alice Barbour (1892 - 1895)**
  Thomas Earnest Barbour (1893 - 1971)**
  Richard Clifford Barbour (1898 - 1991)
  Mary Curtis Barbour Oakes Gregory (1902 - 1980)*
  Edward Toler Barbour (1906 - 1997)**
  Callie Belle Barbour Jones (1908 - 2005)**
  Catherine Fuller Barbour Moore (1912 - 2006)**
  Edith Love Barbour (1914 - 1916)**
  Vernon Paul Barbour (1916 - 2002)**
  Lillian Beatrice Barbour Meadows (1919 - 1997)**
*Calculated relationship
Danville Memorial Gardens
Danville City
Virginia, USA
Created by: FRW
Record added: Jan 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83018754
Richard Clifford Barbour
Added by: Ed Townsend
Richard Clifford Barbour
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Richard Clifford Barbour
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