Francis I. Barber, 71

February 28, 2013

Francis I. Barber, 71 of Hollywood, departed this Earth on Feb. 26. Francis was born to Francis Ford and Mary Dorothy (Chase) Barber on Feb. 24, 1942 in Hollywood.

He was educated in St. Mary’s County Public Schools and graduated from Banneker High School in 1960. Francis became a cement mason and worked the trade for over 30 years, becoming very active in the Plaster and Cement Masons Union.

He wed the love of his life, Shirley Ann Biscoe, on June 29, 1968 and that union produced three children. In his spare time, Francis enjoyed going fishing on his boat and especially loved taking his beloved grandchildren fishing and crabbing. He enjoyed playing cards and telling stories with his siblings, going to casinos and watching his Redskins and Wizards. Francis also loved dancing, especially hand dancing with his wife, Shirley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Clara Valentine; five brothers, Joseph “Joe Boy” Barber, Eugene “Jenks” Barber, Wilmer “Bill” Barber, John Barber, Sr. and James “Buster” Barber. Francis is survived by and leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 44 years, Shirley; children, Stephanie Miles of Hollywood, Aretha Chase (Joshua) of Waldorf, and Sheldon “Tony” Barber (Penny) of Lexington Park; sisters, Eleanor Williams and Dorothy Thompson; brothers, Ford Barber, Jr., Gilbert Barber, Joe Louis Barber and Ralph Barber; twelve grandchildren, Ronnie, Paul, Toni, Shane, Yannick, Cory, Brandon, Charnela (DJ), Shirlayne, Chandelier, Scott and Tamara; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Sophia; his best friend, Melvin Marshall and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

Family and friends will unite on Saturday, March 2 for visitation at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment to follow at the church cemetery.

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