Retired Supply Corps officer, Capt. Ray Barber, passed away peacefully with family on March 3, 2013, after a gallant battle with brain cancer. He was 86 years old.
Upon graduating from Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C., he attended Clemson University. He then entered the Merchant Marines during the end of World War II. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946 and graduated in the Class of 1950.
Capt. Barber served aboard USS Essex, USS Hailey, USS Ticonderoga, and USS John F. Kennedy during this military career, and received his master’s degree from Purdue University. His primary focus was on aviation supply, with his final duty station at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.
Upon retiring from the Navy, he dabbled in real estate and started two successful companies. His wife, a son, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaugther survive him.