Marlon Rene Barber

Published 4:24 pm Friday, September 4, 2015

Mr. Marlon Rene Barber, 56, of Winston-Salem, died Aug. 28, 2015.

He was born Jan. 23, 1959 in Davie County to Patsy York Barber Shores and Bobby Lookabill. He and his brother Carey S. Barber were adopted by their stepfather Clyde M. Barber when they were young. He grew up in Davie County and attended Davie County High School. He enjoyed the outdoors and sports from an early age, playing softball, golf, skiing, body building, hunting and fishing. He also earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He joined the Army after leaving high school and was stationed in Korea. He had a gift and love for carpentry, and began his career in that field at age 15; he gradually became a master carpenter and worked for several well-known builders for more than 41 years.  He frequently built things as gifts for family members and friends, and enjoyed building things for his home. He had a friendly, outgoing personality, loved to joke, and had a willingness to help others.

He was also preceded in death by daughter, Mysti Howell-Poplin.

Survivors: daughter, Jessica Michelle Barber of Winston-Salem; sons, Marlon Ryan Barber of Salisbury, Kerry Michael Barber of Mocksville; brother Carey S. Barber (Mandy) of Woodleaf; sister Melissa Barber; stepfather, Billy Shores of Mocksville; 4 nieces; 3 nephews; his cat “Spaz “; and best friend and neighbor, Dave Turnbull.

A military graveside service was to be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Boulevard, Salisbury, with interment following. A celebration of life will be held later.