James Robert Barber Jr.

August 7, 1954 to June 4, 2017

Mr. James Robert Barber Jr., 62, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the VA Hospital in San Diego, CA.

Born on August 7, 1954 in Lebanon, KY to Bob Barber Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Mudd, James, known as Bob or Bobby to his family, spent his childhood in Springfield, KY.

Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1975.  During his service, he earned numerous medals and awards.

While stationed in the USS Midway, he met his wife of 37 years, Dolly Cabrera.  They married on August 2, 1980 and have two children, Bobby III and Courtney.

He retired from the Navy as CWO5 in May 2007 after 32 years of honorable service.  He then worked for nearly 10 years as an Aerospace Engineer for Northrop Grumman.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly Barber of San Diego, CA; children Bobby Barber III and wife Jessica Minch Barber of Edinboro, PA and daughter Courtney Ann Barber of San Diego, CA; granddaughters Madison Lynn Barber and Ellice Ann Barber; father Bob Barber Sr. and stepmother Shirley Barber of Springfield, KY; brothers Paul and Herman and sisters Betty, Rochelle, and Jackie and several cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 26th at 10 am at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8200 Gold Coast Dr. San Diego, CA 92126.

A burial service will follow at 12:30 pm at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122.

Celebration of Life

  • Date: June 26, 2017
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church
  • Address: 8200 Gold Coast Dr, San Diego, CA 92126
  • Directions: Good Shepherd Catholic Church


  • Date: June 26, 2017
  • Time: 12:30pm
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

No other man had a greater impact on my adult life than Warrant Barber. He was truly a great man! I was so fortunate to have his guidance and mentorship. I will forever regret not maintaining contact through the years, thinking he would always be here. Sir, you will be sorely missed! My sincere condolences to Dolly, Jr, and Courtney.

Lawrence J. Gazafy on June 24, 2017

First and foremost, thanks for everything Bob. Just want to let everybody knows that you are the reason why I'm here, in the navy and after almost 24 years I'm ready to retire and you still giving me advise and also Ar-el. Your always there whenever we needed a helping hand.from the bottom of my heart thank you brother. May you Rest in Peace

Mar Cabrera on June 16, 2017

Bob was a shipmate and friend from our time on the USS Midway. A great man who will be sorely missed. We have the watch, my friend.

Patrick Driscoll on June 16, 2017

My heart is broken. I loved Bob so. Sending Sympathy, love and prayers to his beautiful and loving family. Eternal Rest and happiness for him from this day forward. Christ peace to all. Love, Always , Aunt Mary Ann

Mary Ann Bowling on June 16, 2017

Praying for the Family of a great guy and Patriot!

Marty Carrico on June 13, 2017

So sorry to hear of the loss of Bobby...a husband, father, and friend. Prayers for the family.

Teresa Roller on June 13, 2017

Bob was a great friend, co-worker and patriot. He set a fine example for others to follow and was always willing to stop what he was doing and help others. He will be sorely missed; his absence will leave a whole in the hearts of those that had the honor to call him, shipmate, friend, co-worker, chief, warrant etc. Fair winds and following seas Bob!

Gary Robertson on June 13, 2017

My condolence to the Barber family, in memorial to Bob's passing. He left a great legacy that exemplified his integrity. I missed Bob's joking about Navy vs. Air Force culture, before I retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. Rest on my good friend, there is no more pain to suffer...peace be with you.

CMSgt Ernie Pittman, USAF (Ret.) on June 13, 2017

i enjoyed talking with Bob and being his friend. I learned a lot from him. We were trying to find a reason for pancreatic cancer not being detestable until it is too late. I will miss Bob's great sense of humor

James Arvin on June 13, 2017

I am deeply saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. I went to school in Springfield and played basketball with him. He had a great sense of humor. Though we are relatives; my knowledge of him was as a friend. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Tony Barber on June 13, 2017

Dolly, Bobby and Courtney - your dad was a Navy man thru and thru. I worked with him on and off from 1990-2016 in the Navy and at Northrop. He is one of the finest people I have ever worked with and I will miss his wisdom terribly. I know this is a very difficult time but know that your dad was a very special man who touched many of us who worked with him.

Doug Lucka on June 13, 2017

Our condolences to you and your family, we will truly miss Robert, may his soul Rest In Peace.

Enrique Rodriguez on June 12, 2017

Sincere condolences to the family . Bobby and I were classmates from grade school . I corresponded with him in recent years through social media and have enjoyed his humor and wit . He will be sorely missed . Prayers for comfort for the family during this time of loss .

Kathy Kays on June 12, 2017

Mike and I want to extend our deepest condolences to the Barber family. My husband Mike is a first cousin to Bob. I was friends with Bob on Facebook and kept in touch about our families. God be with all of your family and Bless Bob in heaven. He is now at peace.

Michael and Candace Barber on June 12, 2017

With deepest sympathy you all are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP BOB. Deepest to the Barber Family Larry & Mary Lloyd Barber

Mary Lloyd & Larry Barber on June 12, 2017

RIP old friend, truly a remarkable guy.

Alex & Betty Mattingly on June 12, 2017

"Fair Winds and Following Seas" My good Friend! Your are truly missed. Thank You so much for the our friendship, the walks and conversations we enjoyed for many years. Work and life will never be the same without your being there to provide the added humor and positive spin only you brought out in all of us. You will always be in my thoughts for the rest of my days. Rest in peace "Brother",I Love Ya!

Tom Kennedy on June 12, 2017

I was a classmate of Bob's many years ago and had reconnected,thanks to FB... he was so very witty! I will miss his sarcastic comments!! Prayers for all the family.

Mitzi santos on June 12, 2017