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LtCol Eldrid Worthing Barfield

June 1, 1927 October 20, 2018
LtCol Eldrid Worthing Barfield
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Obituary for LtCol Eldrid Worthing Barfield

Eldrid Worthing Barfield (known to all as Bar), died quietly in his bed surrounded by family on October 20, 2018. He was born at home on June 1, 1927, in Columbus, GA.

Bar grew up with a group of five close friends with equally interesting nicknames, such as Pinky and Hound Dog, nicknames being a Southern tradition. The five friends remained close throughout their lives.

After high school, Bar was drafted into the Army during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines as a chaplain's assistant. Bar's access to a jeep made him an extremely popular person among his buddies.

After the war, Bar was discharged from Beale Army Base and returned to Georgia to obtain a bachelor's degree in interior design. He then joined the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was stationed at Oscoda AFB, in Michigan, where he met his future wife, Bernadette (Bunny) Lucas at a dance. They were married on June 13, 1953.

Their first assignment together was in St. John's, Newfoundland, where their son Robert was born. Next came Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they welcomed Bonnie Dell into their family. Future assignments were to Hawaii, California, Alaska and then back to California, where he retired at Beale AFB, as the chief supply officer for the SR-71's. The family bought a house in Yuba City and were finally able to settle down.

Bunny worked as a teacher at Terra Buena School, and Bar obtained his real estate license. During this time, Bar was able to buy several properties that he fixed up and rented. He always loved to tinker and fix things.

Bar and Bunny belonged to the American Clipper Club as part of the local division known as the Clipper Skippers. He and Bunny went on several camping trips with the club. Bar was also a Volkswagen nut who owned and rebuilt several VW vans, bugs and a Karmann Ghia. He kept a 1967 blue bug alive for 500,000 miles, and it can still be seen driving around Yuba City.

Family was everything to Bar. He was so proud of his two children, Robert and Bonnie. When Bonnie was killed in the 1976 Yuba City bus crash, the family was able to stay strong together through that difficult time.

Robert went on to join the Air Force in his father's footsteps. Bar adored his two grandchildren, Travis and Rosie. He quit smoking cold turkey after 40 years so that he did not expose them to the smoke.

Eldrid 'Bar' Barfield was a good man and will be dearly missed. His memory will live on in all of our hearts. A private family service was held graveside on October 30, 2018.


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Graveside

Tuesday

30

Oct

1:00 PM 10/30/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 10/30/2018 2:00:00 PM
Sutter Cemetery

7200 Butte Avenue
Sutter, California 95982

Full military honors will be provided by the Beale AFB honor guard.

Sutter Cemetery
7200 Butte Avenue Sutter 95982 California
United States
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