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Irma Johnson Barber

Irma Johnson Barber, 88, of Faceville, Ga., passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

The graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Sylvania Cemetery with Dr. Ernie Jones and Rev. Robert Johns officiating. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Faceville Baptist Church, 2109 Faceville Attapulgus Road, Bainbridge, Ga. 39819 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Irma Cornelia Johnson was born April 6, 1932 in Faceville, Ga., the daughter of Morgan and Susie Bell Howell Johnson. She was a graduate of Faceville High School. Irma married William Gordon Barber and they made their home in Chattahoochee. They retired to the family farm in Faceville. She was a member of Faceville Baptist Church.

“Love you more” was “Miss” Irma’s mantra. She made sure each person felt loved the most when she was around. Animals of all sorts felt right at home with her. (Ask any bird in a fifty-mile radius who had the best feeders.) “Miss” Irma enjoyed playing the piano, singing, cooking & eating. She would “put away” her sweets, especially chocolate, so she wouldn’t find herself in a quandary with her beloved family. “Miss” Irma felt like Fridays were designated for fish frys; no special occasion needed because it was Friday.

Survivors include her children, Mark Barber, Glennie Barber Cox (Michael), Vera Barber & Phillip Pope, all of Faceville, and Janie Barber Kelley (Al) of Bainbridge; her sister-in-law, Annie Mae Rolt; her grandchildren, Emily & Raymond, Joseph & Emily, Rosemary & Daryle, Rebekah & Jay, Jared & Kristin, Joshua & Laura, Micah & Trevor, Jenna, and Will & Hope; her fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Irma was preceded in death by her husband, William Gordon Barber; her daughter, Sharon Barber Ogburn; her brothers, Wayne Johnson, Leland Johnson and Alvin “Turkey” Johnson; and her canine sidekick, Elvis.

The Barber Family would like to extend their gratitude to Joanna, Devin and others at Kindred Hospice for their kindness and compassion.