Memorial for John Barfield

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It is with profound sorrow that we bring you the news of the passing of John Barfield, DAV’s Personal Philanthropy Director. John was a stalwart at DAV and someone who embodied our mission of service and compassion for America’s veterans. He leaves a lasting legacy in numerous ways and will be deeply missed. 

John’s spouse, Kathy, and all of their children, grandchildren and other loving family members are in our thoughts and prayers. We, too, are mournful and struggling with this loss. As we lean on our faith during this trying time, we are guided by the legacy of John, a minister and firm believer in God’s ultimate wisdom.

While delivering such difficult news is never easy, John’s life is one worth honoring. A nonprofit professional with more than 35 years of experience, his efforts directly and positively affected the lives of thousands in need. Whether helping shepherd donor support to abolish human enslavement and secure liberty for all people at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center or uniting a nationwide coalition of philanthropists to support ill and injured veterans on behalf of DAV, John served a higher calling with good cheer and a servant’s heart.

John’s colleagues at DAV, where he worked for nearly five years, along with the million members of our proud organization, are united in our heartfelt sympathy.

A visitation will take place at 1 p.m. with a memorial service immediately to follow at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 4. This celebration of John’s life will be held at Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042. 

As DAV mourns the loss of such a steadfast and universally beloved team member, we will honor his legacy by striving to keep aloft the high bar John has set. At Kathy’s request, we invite you to help honor John’s legacy through your continued support of the men and women who have served and sacrificed in defense of our freedom. 

In spite of this difficult news, may God bless each of you, your families and loved ones and please keep John’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

"For our great appreciation of John's efforts to support DAV. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends." - Richard Marbes

"To John's Family and his DAV Family, my condolences on your loss of your husband. You did well, oh good and faithful servant." - Captain George Burk USAF (Ret)

"In honor of my Father Sidney Thomas Collins." - Elizabeth Smith

"We worked with John closely and are incredibly saddened by his passing. Sending love from our entire team." 

"Condolences to the entire Barfield family. John was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed." - Roby Geevarghese

"Sending my sincerest heartfelt condolences. John will be missed so very much!! I feel abundantly blessed to have known him. Praying for you all during this time." - Stephanie Vorhees

"One of the most admired leaders of DAV. He worked so hard to serve the DAV. He visited me several times a year and became a dear friend. I will miss him so much. He asked me to be an Ambassador and I was honored and will continue to support DAV as my husband, Col. Edwin P. Ramsey, 26th Cavalry PS and I did all these years. Love and prayers, Raqui Ramsey."

"John will be deeply missed and fondly remembered." - Shannan Archer

"Condolences to the family and donated in honor of my husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and son-in-law - all US Army vets." - Barb Shea Pote

"I will miss our talks over the fence. He was a wonderful person. I am a better person for having known John." - Kurt Drotleff

"John's passion for sharing the love of Christ and for building relationships with DAV treasured members and loyal supporters was evident in all of his interactions. His light will be missed, but his legacy will continue to impact DAV and those who knew him. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who are grieving his passing." - Amberly Jackson 

"Grateful for his years of dedicated service to others, truly a remarkable man. Prayers to his family and his DAV family ." - Sterling Search Inc.

"In honor of a man to emulate...All is well." - Susan Loth

"John will be forever loved and remembered by each of us at DAV. I'm so lucky I got to work with him for five years! As I have often said over the last week, John was the ultimate human being. We are so much better for having known him! Many hugs to you all, and I will stay in touch." - Judie List Sweeney 



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