Richard John Barbay, 71, of Columbus, GA, 1946-2018

AMVETS Post 9 Loses another Veteran Warrior

Richard John Barbay, 71, of Columbus, GA passed away Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. A funeral service will be held at Vance Brooks Funeral Home, 4048 Macon Rd, Columbus, GA 31909, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, beginning at 1 P.M. EST. The interment will follow at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, January 05, 2018 at the funeral home from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. EST.

Mr. Barbay was born May 8, 1946, in New Orleans, LA to the late Edward Dudley Barbay and Mary Englert Barbay. He graduated from Pacelli in 1964 and soon after joined the US Army. Mr. Barbay proudly served during the Vietnam War from 1966-1969 and later became Provost Marshall with AmVets (American Veterans) Post 9, was a lifelong member of the Victory Drive VFW and a member of the American Legion. He retired from Avaya and was a past member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Mr. Barbay was also a member of the Knights of Columbus having reached the 4th Degree.

Other than his parents, Mr. Barbay is preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberli Michele Barbay; grandson, Timothy Chandler Barbay and a brother, Arther Barbay.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Katherine Barbay; brother, Stephen Barbay and wife Catherine of Augusta, GA; sister, Bernice Brewer of Fortson, GA; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended families.

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