Irvin (Barney) Sutherland Barnard
September 05 1925 - May 17 2016 - Age 90

Irvin Sutherland Barnard died on May 17, 2016. Irvin or “Barney” was born on September 5, 1925, in Richmond, Va. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Nellie Barnard; and both of his siblings, George Jr. and Ellen. He is survived by his son, William Rives Barnard (Tracy); and daughters, Ellen Barnard Vance (Alex) and Lynne Barnard Tickle (Chris). He is also survived by six grandsons, Adam Lewis (Tina), Kyle Lewis (Jenn), Drew Barnard, Philip Tickle (Chelsea), Pierce Tickle and Harrison Vance; four great-grandchildren, Emmaleigh, Lelia, Brantley and AJ; and three nephews.

Irvin graduated from John Marshall High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon College and his Master’s degree from New York University. He served as a medic in the Army in WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. After college, he taught at Hopewell High School, where he met his former wife and mother of his children, Nancy Butterworth. He later became an insurance agent, which took him to Chicago, New Orleans, Charlotte and eventually, back to Richmond, where he started his own business, Barnard Insurance Agency (BIA). He purchased property at 13 East Franklin St., where he managed BIA until suffering a massive stroke in 1971 at the age of 45.

Irvin was a 60-year member of Richmond Lodge No. 10, AF & AM, serving as Worshipful Master, proud member of Kappa Alpha Order, serving at the national level as Ammen Province Commander and then, Councilor, and member of Welborne United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He was also active in the National Tobacco Festival for many years before it ended. At Westminster Canterbury, his home for the past 14 years, he participated in the Men’s Club, attended the monthly restaurant outings whenever possible, helped organize a reunion of elementary school classmates residing at Westminster Canterbury, and was an unofficial tour guide and docent any time he had a new visitor. He enjoyed being with friends and neighbors, spending time with his family, sports of every kind, and keeping up with his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Despite his physical and speech limitations, he had a keen mind that never forgot a detail. He was fiercely independent, chronically optimistic, and had a wonderful sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. These features were and will continue to be an inspiration to all whose lives he touched.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr., followed by burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A reception will follow at Westminster Canterbury from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Lettie Pate Evans Room.

Richmond, VA (current)
Richmond, VA (birthplace)

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